Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Obituary - Robert "Bob" Jenkins

Robert "Bob" Jenkins, 75 of Rich Hill, Missouri passed away Monday, October 17, 2022 at his home, surrounded by family. A visitation will be held Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Rich Hill United Methodist Church. 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Friday, October 21, 2022 also at the church. Cremation will follow services. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeview Village Rehab. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.

Bob was born on July 12, 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of WK and Earlene Jenkins. He graduated from Adrian High School in 1965. He obtained a degree in Animal Husbandry at the University of Missouri, graduating in 1970.

Bob met his future wife, Kris on a blind date at Mizzou. After chasing her across state lines, he finally tied her down in June of 1971. He knew this was the beginning of his greatest adventure. In 1980, he welcomed his son Trevor into the world. He had wanted more than anything to start a family. He didn’t stop there. In 1983 and 1985 they had two daughters Sarah and Melissa. 

While he was proud of his achievements, he was even more proud of his family. Rarely did he meet a stranger or a friend, without producing photos of his beloved children and grandchildren. Bob worked hard and he loved even harder. He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends. 

You could see the twinkle in his eyes and how he beamed with pride when he spoke of his family. He wanted his children to have a variety of experiences, even if that meant living on a “funny” farm.

Over the years, he brought home a variety of animals: ducks, rabbits, chickens, piglets, quail, a pony that rang the front doorbell, a Hereford calf that rode home in the front seat of the truck, a sheep that lived on the back patio, and a baby deer that roamed the basement. He shared his love of animals with his seven grandchildren. 

He spent every moment he could with them, chasing them around the house, making funny noises and faces to make them giggle, and most of all taking them fishing. There were so many memories made at the homestead pond, from teaching his children to set juglines in the rowboat to teaching his grands to reel in the big ones. He enjoyed his time outside soaking in God’s blessings.

Bob never joined clubs, he was a worker and a successful businessman, but he had such an adventurous spirit. He was a determined, hard working man and farmer. He worked from sunup to past sundown, loved to get his hands dirty, and watch his crops grow. 

Bob encountered many adversities in his life and as a result, he was a problem solver and could literally fix anything. He was the true, living McGyver. If he didn’t have a tool, he would make one with anything he had handy.

He had many hobbies and passions throughout his beautiful life. He was a certified Barbeque judge, a

Scuba Diver (Bobber Bob) and Pilot. when the he received his pilot’s certification, he purchased a Cessna 182. He didn’t need a local airport for his adventures-he had the long dirt road to the river bottoms, encompassed by his beautiful corn fields as a runway. He would park his plane in the front yard of the house. 

He loved to take his family for flying lessons, to check out the crops or just on a long adventure to see the beauty of the world from the sky. He always felt so free flying through the clouds.

Bob fulfilled his lifelong dream to own a sailboat. With a full crew, he sailed over 1,500 miles across the open ocean from British Virgin Islands to Belize, evading pirates on the way. He enjoyed his motorcycle trips across the country as well as short jaunts to feel the wind on his cheeks as he rolled down the road on his Goldwing. He said these adventures gave him life and fulfilled his wild spirit.

As a family, we swore he was always on his last of his nine lives, pushing the limits and upping the adventures. He would smile and tell us not to worry, all while planning the next great adventure. Bob also loved traveling with his wife, children and grandchildren. 

They spent many vacations on the beach, traveling around the world to Africa, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia. After each adventure he would reflect and tell stories about how that adventure was the “best day of his life”, only to be trumped by the next “best” adventure.

If you met Bob, you quickly realized he had the gift of gab. He never met someone he didn’t have something in common with and made new friendships everywhere he went. He was truly interested in people’s lives, adventures and the amazing stories they had to tell him.

He was loved by so many of his children’s friends and family members. He was truly a blessing that entered many lives over his 75 years. He was proceeded in death by his beloved grandfather, Hubert (Pop) Jenkins, his parents and nephew Alex Jenkins.

He is survived by his wife, Kris Jenkins, children Trevor (Angela) Jenkins of Parkville, Missouri, Sarah (Alex) Fruth of Columbia, Illinois, and Melissa (Jared) Bahr of Leawood, Kansas; grandchildren Hadley, Knox and Beckett Bahr; Ava, Claire, Ellie and Jack Jenkins and many wonderful siblings, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Please donate in his memory to Lakeview Village Rehab in Lenexa, Kansas. The rehab department there was dedicated to helping Bob and became like family. He would be so happy if you helped them.

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