Robert “Bob” Frank Larkey, 76, of Maquoketa, passed away Dec. 18, 2020 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private funeral service for the immediate family was held Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 at Fulton Community Church in Fulton, with Colleen Petaros officiating the service. The funeral service is uploaded to the Carson Celebration of Life Center website (

Robert Frank Larkey was born April 10, 1944 to Alva and Ella (Lorenzen) Larkey of Onslow. He grew up on a farm in rural Jones County with his three sisters, raising Belgian horses and working at local livestock auctions. Bob attended Onslow Community High School and then the Reisch American School of Auctioneering where he graduated Dec. 16, 1961.

Bob found his soulmate at the age of 25 when he married Myrna (Gohlmann) July 11, 1969 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Together, Bob and Myrna founded Maquoketa Livestock Sales in 1980 and built a legacy in the livestock sales industry for the next 40 years. Along with his lifelong passions of raising cattle and farming, Bob enjoyed watching his Standardbred horses train and race as well as playing a good game of cards with his buddies during morning coffee. Bob knew no stranger and was well known for his expertise in cattle and the markets. He was a regular at many area livestock sales where he could be found auctioneering, buying and selling cattle. Both, Bob and Myrna, enjoyed many fond memories of family, friends and their love for farming.

Bob is survived by his four children: Troy (Shonna) Larkey of Great Falls, Mont., Rick (Dana) Larkey of Hiawatha, Scarlet (Craig) Dietz of Maquoketa and Robin (Paul) Krogman of Elvira; grandchildren: Levi (Brittni) Larkey, Alyssa Larkey, Danielle (Jake) Riley, Brandi (Fowler) Tomasich, Amanda Larkey, Morgan Dietz, Montanna Krogman and Ciera Krogman along with seven great-grandchildren; Sisters-in-law: Marlene (Darrel) Hicks, Kathy (Lary) Becker; Brother-in-law: Galyn (Rhonda) Gohlmann; and sisters-in-law LuJean (Lud) Gocek and Karen (Florian) Steffen.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife Myrna Larkey, his three sisters, two brothers-in-law and an infant grandson, Brogan Dietz.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Robert Larkey Memorial Fund as the family will be establishing a livestock auctioneering/agricultural compassion fund in Bob’s name.

Carson Celebration of Life Center, Maquoketa is assisting the family with arrangements.

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