Robert Joseph “Rob” Provencher, age 42, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly Friday, the 26th of September, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

He was born Dec. 31, 1971 in Sheboygan, Wis., son of the late Mark Provencher Sr. and Diane Provencher. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1989.

Rob joined the United States Marine Corps in 1989, serving in Desert Shield/ Storm and Somalia. Robert reached the rank of sergeant and completed his service in 1997.

He married Sarah Rentschler in 1996.

He was employed at PMX Industries in Cedar Rapids for 18 years as a safety engineer.

On Oct. 13, 2007, he married his best friend and soul mate, Carmen Joyce/ Rankin in Cedar Rapids.

Rob volunteered as an adult Sunday school teacher and a Praise and Worship leader at Living Water Church in Independence, Iowa.

Rob enjoyed spending his time with family and friends, riding his Harley, hunting, and cooking. Rob was a gifted vocalist who hosted Karaoke for 20 years bringing people together to sing, laugh and encourage each other. Rob was a God-fearing man who loved his country. He was a dedicated father who enjoyed teaching and supporting his four sons.

Survivors include his wife, Carmen; his children: Joseph, Bryce, Ty and Trevor of Cedar Rapids; his mother, Diane Provencher; his siblings: Chad (Melissa) Wettstein of Waukegan, Ill.; Sarah (Butch) Weigert of Plymouth, Wis.; Mark (Amber) Provencher Jr. of Twentynine Palms, Calif.; Michelle Provencher of Plymouth; and Leah (Tony) Backhaus of Plymouth; his mother- and father-in-law, Keith and Judy Joyce of Marion, Iowa; and his grandparents, William and Dorothy Gradt of Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and his best friend, Blaine (Diana) Barkley of Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mark “Frenchy” Provencher Sr.; and grandparents, Lawrence and Mildred Provencher.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, in the chapel at Cedar Memorial, 4200 First Ave. N.E., Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. Burial will follow the funeral services.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. with services beginning at 3 p.m. with Pastor John Sheda, of Living Water Church, officiating. (Camouflage attire is encouraged.)

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in Rob’s name. Online condolences may be sent to

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