Bob was born in Kansas City as the youngest of three. He left Westport High School to join the WWII war effort and served for the next two and one half years in the 86th Infantry known as the Black Hawk Division. He spent time in both France and Germany. 

About Bob

Deceased

BRANCH OF SERVICE: Army

FAMILY: Married to wife, Dorothy, for 56 years; one daughter, Frances Elizabeth

HOMETOWN: Kansas City

 

How did he join the military?

Bob was born in Kansas City as the youngest of three. He left Westport High School to join the WWII war effort and served for the next two and one half years in the 86th Infantry known as the Black Hawk Division. He spent time in both France and Germany. 

 

A memorable moment.

Bob had a deep love of art, and when serving as a guard over German prisoners he came in contact with a prisoner who also shared this love of art. It seems that the confines of high fences stopped by barbed wire could not separate the Germans from their passion for the arts, and Bob often related how prisoners frequently rocked to the classical music of fellow prisoners after working in the rice fields all day.  

Discovering this love for art and music one prisoner had, Bob went into town and purchased supplies for the young man. After the war when this young man returned to his homeland he painted a Christmas card and mailed it to Bob hoping to keep in touch with the kind American soldier.

 

What did he do after the service?

Once Bob returned home he found that his parents had moved to Independence to live with his sister, Martha, and his three nieces. He joined them and, unknown to Bob at the time, he would meet his future wife who also lived in Independence. Dorothy, a 1943 graduate of William Chrisman High School, attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City and rode the Kansas City-Independence bus line, transferring to the Troost Trolley Line. Bob used his G.I. Bill to attend Kansas City Junior College and followed the same bus route as Dorothy. A romance began, and four years later following graduation they were married at the First Baptist Church.

Bob made his living as a visual information specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, retiring after 32 years. He served two years as president of the National Federation of Federal Employees-Local 29. Once retired, Bob and Dorothy bought a trailer and began traveling. They joined a camping group known as the Santa Fe Scouts. Bob’s interests included gardening, cooking, reading, and was a Civil War buff. He and Dorothy decided to leave their long time home in Independence and moved to Las Vegas to be near their daughter.

Many people in Independence and in the First Baptist Church will remember Bob’s great smile and the artistic talents he was able to share with them. Bob’s wife, Dorothy, still resides near their daughter in Las Vegas.