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Robert Marvin Lutes, 87, of Conrad, IA passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at his home with his children by his side. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at the First Presbyterian Church in Conrad. There will be an opportunity to say goodbye at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Conrad Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Oakwood Golf Course in Conrad. Anderson Funeral Homes of Conrad is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Robert (Bob) Lutes was born April 27, 1936 to Elmo and Mildred (Halstead) Lutes in Timber Creek-Township. He graduated from Liscomb High School in 1954. Bob joined the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician and served from 1955 to 1959.

In 1956, he married his high school sweetheart Sharon (Morris) Lutes. Bob and Sharon were married for sixty years and raised three children together.

Bob’s post-service career from 1959 to 1962 included working at the Marshalltown Foundry as a laborer, Farm Bureau Insurance as a salesman, and Michaels Furniture Store as a salesman.

In February 1962, Bob and his family moved to Conrad, where he lived the rest of his life. While in Conrad, Bob took a job as a commission agent with the Standard Oil Company, selling and delivering gas, diesel fuel, lubricants and oil. To supplement this committee job, he worked part-time at Conrad.

In the summer of 1964, Bob took a full-time job as an electrician for the Marshalltown railroad and added agricultural chemicals to the Standard Oil business.

In the summer of 1965, Bob convinced Don Martin, the local banker, to give him his first loan of $4,500.00 for his first new crop sprayer. He then hired Jerry Peters to spray during the week, while Bob sprayed on the weekends.

In 1967, Bob retired from the railroad and turned his full attention to his chemical and customization business, which would later become Bob’s Farm Center, which would become his lifelong career of 43 years.

In 1968, Bob purchased the local Standard Oil Company in Conrad and his brother-in-law Gary Moler leased and operated the station while his brother Gilbert helped with spray painting.

In 1971, Bob built a warehouse and office west of town and in February 1972, Bob opened Bob’s Farm Center with his partner and brother, Ted Thomas. Over the next 43 years, BFC would become a Pioneer Seed Corn Dealer, focusing on the liquid and dry fertilizer, anhydrous, oil and gas, and lawn care businesses. In 1991, he purchased the LeGrand Oil Business, which came together with one of its many great employees.

Bob sold his company in February 2015 and eventually had fourteen great employees, including his son, son-in-law and one grandson, and the company is still called Nutrien Ag Solutions today.

Bob will be deeply missed by many friends and family, including his daughter Cindy (Todd) Reel of Conrad, his son Doug (Jill) Lutes of Conrad, nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sharon, their daughter Diana (Goedken) Lutes, brothers Ted Thomas, Harry Lutes and Carroll Lutes, his sisters Charming Bennethum, Barb Meyer, Frieda Peters, Gladys Lane and Janet Hamilton. .