Robert “Bob” Michael Haskins
62, formerly of Lowell and long-time resident of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died unexpectedly on January 1, 2021 from cardiac arrest.
Bob was a 1976 Graduate of Lowell High School, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. He moved to Cedar Rapids and worked for Rockwell Collins Aerospace for 33 years, retiring in 2013. He was part of the close-knit engineering group known as the Black Sheep Squadron. Bob was an avid life-long learner and reader, especially in the areas of physical science and history. He was a self-trained amateur astronomer and served as a Board member and volunteer with the Cedar Amateur Astronomers, Inc. He spent many late evenings at the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center with the other night owls, viewing the night sky and operating the telescopes, along with helping visitors understand what they were seeing and answering questions during public events. He also enjoyed traveling, learning about financial investing, and was a generous contributor to many children’s charities. Bob will be remembered for his kind heart, gentle nature, determined independence, love of learning and his wonderful laugh. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
A devoted brother, uncle and son, Bob is survived by his brothers, David Haskins of Schererville, Indiana and Kevin Haskins of Monroe, Washington, and his sister, Lisa Haskins of Denver, Colorado, and 12 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Ruth Haskins of Valparaiso, Indiana.
Burial of his Cremated Remains with Graveside Services will be held October 2, at 11 AM in Lowell Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations can be made to the Cedar Amateur Astronomers Inc. at cedar-astonomers.org.
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