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Robert A. “Bob” Willis, 67, of Carrollton, passed away at his home, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
Bob was born Dec. 20, 1946, to Edwin Marion and Evelyn Florence (Todd) Willis in Carrollton. Bob married the love of his life, Mary Sue Finley Aug. 23, 1969, at the Wakenda Baptist Church. To this union, they were blessed with two children; Andy and Amy.
Bob attended Wakenda Grade School and graduated from Carrollton High School in 1964. He served in the Navy Seabees in Vietnam from 1964 until 1968. After returning home from his military service, he was employed by the city of Carrollton, working at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
In 2003, at age 57, he graduated from State Fair Community College in Sedalia, with an Associates Degree in Industrial Mechanics.
Bob was a farmer, he also worked for Wilson’s in Marshall, as a Kill Floor Lineworker, and was employed for 20 years with Con Agra Foods in Marshall in the Maintenance Department. He enjoyed hunting deer and turkey. He was known as a “Pollock Artesian” as he was truly an artist that could build or make anything he put his mind to. He made art out of car parts as well as pitch forks, he even has a dinosaur in his yard that he made. He and Mary Sue were World travelers and he enjoyed taking literally thousands of pictures of their adventures. He absolutely loved fireworks of all kinds. Whenever he saw fireworks; he would stop and enjoy their beauty. Bob was a member of the Wakenda Baptist Church and Pence-Lovell-England Post #1773 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Bob is survived by his beloved wife Mary Sue, of the home; his son Robert Andrew (Andy) Willis and his wife Deborah Ann, of Carrollton; and his daughter, Amy Marie Sarbaugh and her husband Aaron, of Carrollton; a special friend that he considered to be a daughter; Holly B. Ballew, of Kansas City, Mo.; one sister, Loretta Ann Willis Rainey-Fones and her husband, Roger, of Bogard; brothers-in-law, Larry Stephenson, of Dean Lake, George Finley and his wife Barbara, of Hardin, Alva Finley and his wife Davita, of Wood Heights, Otto Finley and Penny, his significant other, of Norborne, John Finley and his wife Barbara, of Norborne, and once brother-in-law, Martin (Digger) Rainey, of Carrollton; three grandchildren: Robert Austin Willis, Tanner Lee Sarbaugh, and Kesley Eve Sarbaugh; three step-grandchildren: Shanna Garrett, Victoria Lewis and Andrew Lewis; one step-great-granddaughter, Ava Garrett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Linda Kathaleen Stephenson.
The family will receive friends with a Visitation from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Bittiker Funeral Home,Carrollton. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at Bittiker Funeral Home, with Reverend Willie Turner officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, DeWitt, with a Military Honor Service provided by Pence-Lovell-England Post # 1773 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Memorial Donations are suggested to Family Choice in memory of Bob and they may be left at or mailed to Bittiker Funeral Home, P.O. Box 223, Carrollton, Mo., 64633.
Memories of Bob and condolences for the family may be shared at www.bittikerfuneralhomes.com by clicking on the obituaries link.