Bobby R. Lockeby, 77, of Iowa City, formerly of Solon, died Friday, August 24, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospital.

A gathering and reception for family and friends is scheduled for this Thursday, 5:30 pm at the Primitive Camp Ground in Lake MacBride State Park. The camp ground can be accessed by Cottage Reserve Rd. off Mehaffey Bridge Rd. Attendees are asked to bring camper chairs, potluck dish and any photos they may have to share. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bobby Lockeby Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to his family via email to

Bobby Ray Lockeby was born July 1, 1935, son of Harry and Estalee (Wood) Lockeby, in Bluford, IL. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, he served during both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Bobby's vocations and interests included but were not limited to plant manager for Bertwell Industries, professional square dance caller, small business owner, wood worker and avid fisherman. Iowa City residents knew him best as a dedicated, and compassionate, ordained Free Methodist pastor, where he served for 8 years. A friend to all, Bobby considered his greatest achievements to be his service to the Lord.

Bobby is survived by Chris Lockeby, his wife of 35 years; son Bobby L. Lockeby (wife Dee Dee) of AK; grandchildren, Zachary and Nicholas; daughter, Peggy Jaynes (husband John) of OR; sister-in-law Brenda Walls and was a surrogate father to his nephew, Jesse Walls (fiancée Lesley) of St. Louis, MO.