Bob Vandiver, 84, of Camden, (Richmond) died peacefully in his sleep at home Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.
Bob was born Oct. 5, 1928 in the Camden/Orrick area River Bottoms to Roy Dean and Flossie Woods Vandiver. He was the sixth child of eight siblings.
Bob married Kay Frances Pigg Jan. 14, 1956, and she survives of the home. Bob and Kay had four children and nine grandchildren, son Jim Bob, who passed away in 1965 as a result of a tragic tractor accident; son Dale Vandiver, his late wife Kim of Richmond, and their three children, Blaire, Jake and Gabe; daughter Sara Vandiver Fougere of Columbia, her husband John and their three children, Drew, Grant and Luke; and son Gary and Penny Vandiver of Richmond, and their three children, Ashton, Abby and Evan. Bob is also survived by two brothers, Richard and Don (Hogan) Vandiver, many nieces and nephews and too many friends to count.
In addition to his parents, son and daughter-in-law, Bob was preceded in death by three brothers, Jewel Vandiver, Harold “Toad” Vandiver, R.D. “Dag” Vandiver; and two sisters, Anna Jo Middleton and Billie Hicks.
Bob was a lifelong cattleman, beginning with one steer and growing his backgrounding and finishing operation to over 5,000 head. He was a 50-year member of the Camden Masonic Lodge #223 A.F. and A.M. He was also a member of the Ararat Shrine and the Richmond Shrine Club. Bob was a passionate supporter of the communities of Orrick and Richmond, serving on the Board of Directors of the Ray County Salvation Army and the American (US) Bank, and was a member of the Richmond United Methodist Church. He was elected and proudly served on the Board of Directors of Ray County Memorial Hospital for over 45 years.
Bob was also a lifelong supporter of state and national Democratic politics and Missouri agriculture. He served on the Agriculture Advisory committees for U.S. Congressmen Jerry Litton and Ike Skelton and Governors Joe Teasdale and Mel Carnahan. He was a member of the Missouri State Farm Service Agency committee, an active member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and was a charter member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He was recognized as the Missouri Cattleman of the Year in 1995. Bob was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He was a member of the American Legion Post #237 in Richmond. Bob was owner of Orrick Farm Service, Bob Vandiver Cattle Company and Bob Vandiver Farms. He was a founder of Hampton Feedlot in Triplett. Bob had numerous business interests, all involving livestock.
Bob was an incredible father and grandfather. He was loved and respected by so many people in the Ray County area and throughout the statewide agriculture community. He will always be remembered for his unconditional generosity. He was a true legend and the epitome of the American Dream. He will be dearly missed.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Richmond United Methodist Church. Visitation will be at the church Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at South Point Cemetery in Orrick where military honors will be provided by the Ray County Veterans. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the scholarship fund of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Foundation in the name of Bob Vandiver or the Richmond United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. Online condolences can be left at its Web site www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.