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Robert Zika Bachman

March 31, 1929 February 20, 2018
Robert Zika Bachman
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Obituary for Robert Zika Bachman

Robert Zika Bachman, 88, of Ames, died February 20, 2018, at Green Hills Retirement Community. Private family services will be held.

Robert Zika was born in Marshalltown on March 31, 1929, to Erwin Edward and Esther Alice (Zika) Bachman. He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and worked as an analytical chemist for the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University for 39 years. He married Catherine Ann (Clemens) Bachman on July 1, 1951, in Marshalltown. They raised four children. Robert Zika is survived by three children, William Clemens Bachman, of Waterloo, Karen Lynn (Brian) Schmitz, of Marion, and John Robert (Joni) Bachman, of Ankeny; eleven grandchildren, Eric (Kristen) Ernst, Gregory (Emily) Ernst, Brian (Dana) Ernst, Melissa (Kevin) Herman, Jason (Laura) Osborn, Megan (Jesse) Landolt, Kristen (Tim) TeBrink, Benjamin Bachman, Bethany Bachman, Megan (Steve) Weber, and Valerie (Brett) Schmitz; twelve great grandchildren, Kaylee, Maddie, Noah, Bennett, Cade, Ellie, Jordan, Asher, Kaylynn, Treyson, Melaney, and Ozzie.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christine Sue Ernst; his wife, Catherine Ann Bachman; and his brother, Richard Bachman.

Adams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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