Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Richard William Iobst II (1934-2010)

Richard William Iobst II, Ph.D. (Culowhee, NC) - Richard William Iobst II, Ph.D., 75, of Cullowhee died Saturday January 23, 2010 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville. Born in Allentown Pennsylvania in 1934, he was the son of Carl R. Iobst and Marguerite Biehl Iobst. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Ann Iobst; son, Richard William Iobst III; and sister, Carol Iobst Groscup. Iobst was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in France during the Cold War. Iobst graduated from the University of North Carolina and received a Ph.D. in American History. He taught history at Western Carolina University. He started the Archives at Western Carolina and was also the archivist. Iobst served as Chief Historian of the Office of History at the Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, in Warner Robins Georgia.

Iobst was curator of the Museum of Southeastern Aviation at Robins Air Force Base. Iobst is the author of The Bloody Sixth: History of the Sixth North Carolina Regiment, Confederate States of America; Civil War Macon: The History of a Confederate City; and more than twenty published historical articles. Iobst is survived by his wife, Mary Yeakle Phipps Iobst; son, Carl Edwin Herbert Iobst; and brother, Herbert Julius Scull. Funeral services will be Wednesday January 27, 11A.M. at the Cullowhee Presbyterian Church with burial to follow at PE Moody Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Sylva, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cullowhee Presbyterian Church or to Richard W. Iobst III Scholarship Fund (make check payable to Cullowhee Presbyterian Church with "Iobst Scholarship" on memo line). Moody Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


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