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Sunday September 27th, 2020
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Robert Lee De Jong

Rock Valley, IA: Robert De Jong, 51, of Rock Valley, Iowa died Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Rock Valley. Private family memorial services will be held Monday, September 28 at Faith Reformed Church with Rev. Mike Molenaar officiating. The memorial service can be livestreamed at 10:00 AM on Monday at www.faithrv.com. Public visitation, with no family present, will be held Sunday, September 27, from 2:00-5:00 PM at Faith Reformed Church in Rock Valley. 


In lieu of gifts and flowers, Rob would ask that those who wish to honor him lend a helping hand to someone in need. 


   Robert Lee De Jong, son of Paul and Lois (Vander Zwaag) De Jong, was born April 22, 1969 at Orange City, Iowa. Rob graduated from MOC-Floyd Valley High School and Northwestern College. He remained an avid Northwestern Red Raider supporter his whole life. As much as Rob loved Northwestern, his true love was his wife, Lynette and children, Sara, Grant, and Garret. They were his world. Rob and Lynette were married on January 9, 2010.


   Rob worked in Rock Valley, Iowa where he owned and operated the local Subway. He will affectionately be remembered by many as “Subway Rob”. After recently selling his business, Rob focused on life in the private sector and his love for farming. Rob loved working around the family farm near Orange City and helping the Winterfeld Family at their farm. He was a true Iowa farm boy.


   Rob had a deep faith in Jesus Christ. If you knew Rob, you absolutely know that he is full of joy to be with his Maker. Rob was one of a kind. He lit up every room and event he was part of. You never walked away without tears in your eyes from his jokes and comments. He had the rare and special ability to connect with people in a way where he left you better than he found you.


   Rob is survived by his wife, Lynette of Rock Valley, Iowa; daughter, Sara (Ben) Ehret of Lawrence, Kansas; sons, Grant (fiancée, Megan Johnson) Greenfield of Luverne, Minnesota, and Garret Greenfield of Rock Valley; mother, Lois De Jong of LeMars, Iowa; brothers, Randy (Kathi) De Jong of Snohomish, Washington, and Doug (Megan) De Jong of Grinnell, Iowa; sister, Leisha (Paul) Fischer of LeMars; many nieces and nephews (who he loved to tease endlessly); parents-in-law, Lloyd and Dianne Gruis of Sibley, Iowa; brother-in-law, Brian (Brandi) Gruis of Austin, Texas; and beloved friends, too numerous to name.


  He was preceded in death by his father, Paul De Jong; and infant brother, Ricky De Jong.

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He was a great guy to hang out with and go to movies with. He would occasionally give me a free sub when I was on my way fishing and when my wife would stop she wouldnt get anything.

Your buddy Roek Sep 27 2020 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear about Robs passing.. Our family and children grew up with him. Paul and Lois were good friends for years til I moved to the Cedar Rapids area. Your whole family is in our prayers.

Stan and Bonnie Vandersall Sep 27 2020 12:00 AM

I worked for Rob at Subway for 8 years. I remembered the first time I saw him come into subway. He was a big ray of sunshine. He gave me the courage to figure out, what I wanted to do with my life.
He was the heart and soul for our community, churches and schools. I have shared a lot of memories with him.

I remembered this one time on a mission trip. Rob asked what people think of him and I said you are a great boss.

I wanted to tell him thank you. Thank you for making me the hard worker that I am today. Thank you for helping our community. But mostly thank you for being a great boss and friend.

You will be missed dearly Subway Rob my number one boss.

Aleshia Te Slaa Sep 27 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert De Jong

Nan Reinking Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

Lynette, Deepest sympathy for your loss. May you feel Gods ever loving peace in your life during this time.

Donna Keninger Roder Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

Robbie (as I knew him) was a fun little boy when I had him as a student at MOC Elementary. Whenever I ran into him after that, either in town or at Raider football games, he always spoke to me and we laughed and reminisced. He was a wonderful person who will be missed by many.

Nancy Speer Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert De Jong

Bryan & Donna Voetberg Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

God keep the family... this world needs people like him...

Elmer Boon Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

Rob was one of the best friends Ive had. He was a great man that touched many people. He will not be forgotten. The world lost a great person with a huge heart. He will be missed! Enjoy heaven and being with your dad again Rob!

Benji and Amy Hulstein

Benji Hulstein Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

Rob was a great friend from 1st grade until now as we live 900 miles apart. Rob and his family had a real influence in the communities where they lived. I have many fond memories of Rob. May you Rest In Peace Rob! Thanks for being such a good friend. Paul Van Engelenhoven from Colorado

Paul Van Engelenhoven Sep 23 2020 12:00 AM

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