Robert Edward Lawler

January 29, 1947 - October 22, 2020

Robert Edward Lawler, 73, a resident of Cape Coral since 2002, formerly of Ft. Dodge, IA, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020 in Cape Coral.  He was born January 29, 1947 in Ft. Dodge, IA to George and Beatrice Lawler, now deceased. 

Robert attended Corpus Christi Catholic Church and graduated from St. Edmond’s High School of Ft. Dodge, IA.  He graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, IA with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He ran Swaney Equipment Company in Fort Dodge for many years with his father and mother before their passing and then continued the business until his retirement. He and his wife Bonnie retired to Cape Coral, FL. He was an avid golfer and will be remembered at many courses for his love of the game.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Bonnie A. Lawler, of Cape Coral; two children, Russell Lawler of Houston, TX and Danielle Lindee (Robert) of Panama City Beach, FL; two sisters, Peg Vanourny (Dr. Steven) of Estero, FL, and Mary Shields (Cliff) of Lancaster, CA; one brother, Dennis Lawler (Sue) of Fayetteville, AR; three grandchildren, Kiana Luse, Adam Lindee and Andrew Lindee; one great grandchild, Dante as well as several nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by a brother, George Lawler, Jr.

Private Family Services will be held.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions in memory of Robert Lawler to Hospice, the Cancer Society or your favorite charity.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Nancy and Millard G. Bowen,III Oct 28, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Bonnie & Family… our sincerest condolences and prayers. We remember the first week we moved into our home. “Mr B.” stopped over to welcome us. We will always remember our “over the fence” conversation.s. He was a dear man.

  2. Susan Thrasher Oct 29, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Oh Bonnie we are so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. You both have been on my mind lately.

  3. Bett Lucarelli/sister chick Oct 29, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. Love to you.

  4. Charlotte Qua Oct 30, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Those of you who knew Bob, know that he LOVED the game of golf. I think he relished the mental challenge as much, if not more, than the physical. I was reluctant to accept Bob’s generous offer to “caddy” for me in a ladies tournament since I was a high handicapper and thought he would expect more from me than what I could deliver. On the contrary, he was very supportive, encouraging and most helpful. Even though I didn’t win a trophy, it was a very enjoyable outing. Bob and Bonnie visited us in MI one summer where he dressed the part of a classic golfer. Not many men could pull this off, but Bob’s confidence on a golf course was hard to beat. The other game Bob excelled at was “Chronology.” His game night choice where you not only were entertained but also educated at the same time. Rest in Peace dear friend.

  5. Peg Vanourny Oct 30, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Bob was my younger brother, and I loved him dearly. I have so many beautiful memories of our growing up together in Iowa; we had fun playing in the neighborhood, going to Lake Okoboji, and just being together. We both retired to Florida, and so my husband and I had the opportunity to ride on his pontoon boat and play golf together (often getting a free lesson) here in Florida. He was a wonderful friend to my oldest daughter, Stephanie, who was a flower girl in his and Bonnie’s wedding. I will try to remember the good times and let them over-ride the memories of his illness, knowing that he is now in a place of peace and happiness. I love you, Bob!

  6. Mike, Ann and Alan Lomax Oct 30, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Bonnie, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. One thing I will always remember is when Bob showed me the cannon and then fired it while you still lived in Ft. Dodge.
    He will be greatly missed.
    We love you!

  7. Sheryl Griffith Oct 31, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I was sorry to hear about Bob. He was such a good father. And help to the dancers. I hope you are doing well in these trying times.
    Sheryl Griffith

  8. Thomas Scott Ferguson ‘65 Nov 5, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Sincerest condolences and fervent prayers to Bob’s Family from Male Gael, Tom Ferguson ‘65.

    Bob was a fun, personable and mischievous member of our Class of ‘65….. : ) ……………always seemed to have a smile at the ever ready. Smart guy. One of the good ones. Rest In Peace, Bob.

    May God have mercy on your immortal soul, Bob……….

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