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Robert Allison

Robert Henry Allison passed away on August 18, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Bob (or Bobby or Cook as some knew him) was born on September 17, 1946 to Dewey and Maxine Allison. Bob had been a widow since October of 2008 after losing his life partner, Patty Ogden.

His daughter, Lisa Cortes, had been his caregiver for many years. Bob especially enjoyed going out and doing things with Lisa. Bob was a retired truck driver and avid race car driver and loved all things racing. His love for racing included, working on cars, racing cars, being a huge part of his son’s racing career and watching Nascar races. You could find Bob in the pits on any given day throughout the week and everyone knew him. He bought many cars over his lifetime especially old-time cars; his favorite was a ’57 Chevy. He also loved Corvette’s and owned several through the years. In addition to racing, Bob loved Good Guys and the Iowa State Fair. There were some years he would go to the Fair every day. He loved “people watching” and the Fair food. And of course, it would not be right if we didn’t mention his beautiful hair. There was never a hair out of place, and everyone knew not to touch his hair. Bob was well known for being a big “bull-shitter”. You never knew if he was being serious or not. And he was well-known for his “shit-eating grin”.

Bob is survived by daughters: Lisa (Sergio) Cortes, Kim (Juan) Delacruz, Daughter in law: Lana Allison, Grandchildren: Nicole Lamas, David Allison, Salvador Garcia, Brian (Chelsea) Tuttle , Lindsey (Roberto) Duran, Kelly Allison, Allison Rocha, Felicia (Carlos) Damian, Alma (Erick) Medina, Jose (Morgan) Garcia, Mackenzie Cortes, Ruben Cortes, and 20 Great Grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his Mother: Maxine Allison, Father: Dewey Allison, Son: Robert Allison Jr, Brothers: John Allison, Dewey Allison and Sam Allison.

Please join us in a Celebration of Life in Bob’s honor at The American Legion, 1813 SE First St, Des Moines, IA 50315 from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Across from Graziano’s. Food and drinks will be provided. We look forward to hearing your stories about Bob and celebrating the last 74 years.


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