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Robert B. Moorman
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Dr. Robert B. Moorman, 100, of Ames, died March 9, 2017, at the Green Hills Health Care Center of natural causes.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 at Adams Funeral Home, 502 Douglas Avenue. A private family inurnment will be at the Iowa State University Cemetery.

Bob was born October 21, 1916 to L.L. “Chief” and Merle (Moore) Moorman in Chadron, Nebraska, the second of three children. He graduated from high school in Missouri Valley, Iowa, in 1934. He received all three of his academic degrees from Iowa State College, a B.S. in Zoology & Entomology in 1939, an M.S. in Wildlife Management in 1941, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology in 1953. He married Ruth Wasson at Blairsburg, Iowa on July 25, 1943.

After receiving his M.S., Bob worked as an entomologist with the U.S. Public Health Service. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Philippines as a medical entomologist heading a team working on malaria control. In 1946 he worked for the Iowa Conservation Commission as a biologist, returning to ISU to pursue his doctorate. In 1953 he accepted an assignment as an Assistant Professor of Zoology at Kansas State College in Manhattan. However, in 1956, he was asked to come back to Iowa State for the newly-created position of Extension Wildlife Conservationist in the Zoology and Entomology department, later to become Animal Ecology.

During his thirty years at ISU, Bob authored numerous Extension bulletins and many other articles on fish and wildlife, but he spent most of his time out of the office, traveling the state. He gave conservation education programs to schoolchildren of all ages, worked with farmers developing farm pond projects, and taught them methods for increasing conservation habitat for wildlife on their land, especially for pheasants and quail. He appeared on television and radio programs all over the state, and was a regular on the early children’s show on WOI, “The Magic Window”. In his work he was often asked to take live traps to homes and businesses to capture skunks, groundhogs, raccoons, bats, and other critters, and answered the public’s questions on all manner of wildlife issues. But his most favorite activity was going to youth camps, where he spent most of his summers, instilling a love of the outdoors in thousands of children.

In the early 1960s Bob helped to start the Iowa Wildlife Federation, where he served on their executive council, and they awarded him as their Iowa Conservationist of the Year in 1980. This was followed in 1983 by a Conservation Service Citation from the National Wildlife Federation, where he was a life member. In 1978 he served as consultant to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, providing assistance to an aquaculture project in the Philippines. He also gave much time to the Iowa Conservation Education Council, the Izaak Walton League, Iowa 4-H, the Wildlife Society, the Fisheries Society, and was a longtime member of the Ames Kiwanis. He belonged to the Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, and was a life member of the ISU Memorial Union.

Bob enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading, and puttering around the house. He was especially happy during the annual family summer vacations at a cabin near the Rocky Mountain National Park. He and Ruth also went on several Elderhostel trips before her stroke in 1995. In 2012 Bob moved to the Lindens assisted living unit of the Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames, where he got a big kick out of showing off his vast wildlife, funny quote, and ‘Bob’ tee-shirt collection, and heading up the Sunday movie nights. He knew his own mind to the end, always showing great compassion for others, and expressing sincere gratitude to those who helped care for him.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Kris, of Ames; his daughter, Roberta, of St. Paul, MN; and his son, Jim (Ann), of Schaumburg, IL; his grandchildren Elizabeth and Aaron (Kim); and his great-grandson, R.J. Moorman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; and a brother and sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Iowa Wildlife Center, 328 Main St. Ste. 208, Ames, IA 50010 or the Emergency Residence Project, 225 S. Kellogg Ave., Ames, IA 50010.

Condolences may be sent to PO Box 2208, Ames, IA 50010.

Adams Funeral Home in Ames, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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502 Douglas Avenue
Ames, Iowa 50010


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