Robert M. Lematta, 80, of Sun City West, Ariz., passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2010.

Robert M. Lematta, 80, of Sun City West, Ariz., passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2010.

Bob was born on June 5, 1930 ,in Guelph, N.D., Ada Township, of Finnish decent. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the United States government.

He was preceded in death by his parents, nine siblings and his wife of 40 years, Nellie Lematta.

Bob leaves behind his companion for the last 16 years, Dee Abrams of Sun City West, Ariz.; his daughter, Michele (Douglas) Halenbeck; granddaughter Kathy (Rob) McCoy of Missouri; great-granddaughter Rachael McCoy; and brother Howard Lematta of Sun City West, Ariz.,and many nieces and nephews all over the world.

His hobbies were traveling, golf, woodworking, hunting, fishing, cooking, gardening and reading.

Bob’s service will be held in Missouri, where he will be buried next to his wife, Nellie.

Any and all gifts/contributions can be sent to the American Cancer Society in the name of Robert Lematta.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at Blue Springs Cemetery.

Arrangement: Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, 816-229-3276.