AKRON, Iowa | Robert “Rob” Clarey, 77, of Akron passed away Monday, June 18, 2012, at a Sioux City hospital.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akron. The Rev. Roger Linnan will celebrate. Inurnment of his ashes will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Carlsen Funeral Home–Schroeder Chapel in Akron. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

Robert Francis Clarey was born on June 3, 1935, in Akron, the son of Clifford Edward and Iva (Belt) Clarey. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. He attended country school near Akron and later high school in Akron.

He was united in marriage to Lois Lawshe. They made their home in Akron. Rob was an over-the-road truck driver for several companies through the years. He retired due to his health. After retirement, he helped at the Akron Senior Center.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akron and the Knights of Columbus. Through the years, he enjoyed his annual trip to the Black Hills. Rob enjoyed tinkering and fixing things around his home and watching NASCAR. He also enjoyed the times spent with family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Lois of Akron; his children, Robert Clarey Jr. (Rhonda) of Des Moines, Allen Clarey of Larchwood, Iowa, Cory Clarey of Colorado, and Tim Clarey (Lou Ann) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Phyllis Ludwigs (Gerd) of Akron and LaVonne Henry of Akron; a sister-in-law, Gladys Clarey of Akron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son in infancy, Anthony Clarey; five brothers, Tom, Jim, Bill, Clarence, and Cliff; and two sisters, Mary McIlvenna and Irene Greenleaf.