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Robert L. "Bob" Watson
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Robert L. “Bob” Watson, of Greenfield, MO, 82, was peacefully called to Heaven on March 23, 2018 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Lockwood, MO.

Bob was born on Oct 23, 1935 to Joe “Slats” and Olive Watson in the town of Blairsville, PA.

In 1954 Bob joined the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in North Carolina during his enlistment. He returned to Missouri after completing his service and found a position with Borden’s Dairy as a driver on a daily route delivering milk door to door. After a few years of delivering locally, Bob found an opportunity for advancement and took a position as a freight driver with Campbell’s 66, where he was “Humpin’ to Please” as a proud member of Teamster’s Local 245 in Springfield, MO. After a few more years of driving, Bob was elected to the office of Assistant Business Agent for Local 245, a title he was proud to hold until his retirement in 1995.

Bob was much more than his career though. One of his proudest days was on Oct 6, 1957 when he married Dolores (Jarrett) Watson of Greenfield, MO. Of this blessed union, two daughters were born, Cheryl Kay and Brenda Gay. Cheryl and Brenda were the light of his life. After the tragic loss of both of their daughters, his devotion to Dolores and the strength of their love saw them both through many trials and tribulations in life allowing them to have spent 60 years of their lives supporting each other.

Bob was many things in his lifetime. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a proud Union member, a pillar in his community and a devoted member of the First Christian Church in Greenfield, MO. He spent his life being a servant to his entire community as a positive role model to all of those fortunate enough to have crossed his path. His participation in charitable organizations such as Relay for Life filled up much of his time after retirement. A constant cheerleader, Bob was proud to support athletics and youth activities in Greenfield and beyond. One of Bob’s favorite teams to cheer on was MSU’s Girl’s Basketball.

Never one to miss out on a chance for a good laugh, Bob was an exceptional jokester who enjoyed the telling of a good joke or the perfect execution of a good prank. As an avid hunter and fisherman, Bob enjoyed his time in nature, sharing his love of the outdoors with many friends and family over the years. He found a great deal of happiness in playing cards with a group of friends, sitting around a table together and laughing heartily at one another. His beautifully bassist voice could boom out the heartiest of laughs as well as the most melodious hymns, as witnessed by many over the years in church and at home. Bob enjoyed singing his favorite tunes everywhere he went, everyday of his life.

Bob Watson was a loving man who spent his life making sure everyone he met knew that they were loved. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe “Slats” and Olive Watson; brother, Ben Watson; daughters, Cheryl Kay and Brenda Gay Watson; and son, Roy Lee Watson. He is survived by his wife, Dolores Watson; daughter, Debbie (Watson) Hare; grandsons, Jason, Ryan and Josh Hare; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of lifelong friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Greenfield Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenfield Cemetery. Friends may call at their convenience on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenfield First Christian Church Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be shared at Services are under the care of Greenfield Funeral Chapel.

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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Greenfield Funeral Chapel

61 N. Allison,
Greenfield, MO 65661

Friends may call at their convenience as there will be no formal visitation.





11:00 AM
Greenfield Funeral Chapel

61 N. Allison,
Greenfield, MO 65661

Cemetery Details


Greenfield Cemetery

White St.
Greenfield, MO 65661

Memorial Contribution

Greenfield First Christian Church Memorial Fund


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