May 13, 1933 - March 28, 2022
Robert Eugene "Bob" Tankesley, 88 of Higginsville, Missouri, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Meyer Care Center. He was born Saturday, May 13, 1933 in Lexington, Missouri, to the late Jesse Tankesley and the late Alice Mae (Stoner) Tankesley. Robert graduated from Higginsville High School - Class of 1951. Soon after, he married Carol (Stumpenhaus) Tankesley on July 20, 1951. They spent 61 wonderful years together until her passing on June 5, 2012. After high school he would walk to A&P Butchery to work as a butcher. He later worked for 7UP Bottling Company and spent 30+ years until his retirement. After retirement he worked for his beloved Kansas City Chiefs in the maintenance department. Bob enjoyed riding with friends to go work for the Chiefs. His love of sports started at a young age. He enjoyed playing football in high school and grew to be a loyal fan of MU Tigers, the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs. Bob was very social and loved having coffee with his friends or playing cards just to be able to socialize. He was an avid reader and loved history. He felt at peace in nature and would enjoy strolling through Confederate Park or tending to his beloved garden. He will be greatly missed by all who came to know him. Surviving are two daughters, Cherri Wilson of Lebanon, MO and Debbie Tankesley of Kansas City, MO; one granddaughter, Emily Wilson (Scott Johnson) of Scottsdale, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol; one son, Robert "Bret" Tankesley; and one brother, Lee Tankesley. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Salem United Church of Christ, with Rev. Dr. Tommy Faris officiating. Interment will follow in the Salem Cemetery in Higginsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made out to Preferred Hospice or Salem UCC - Women's Circle.
Robert Eugene "Bob" Tankesley, 88 of Higginsville, Missouri, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Meyer Care Center. He was born Saturday, May 13, 1933 in Lexington, Missouri, to the late Jesse Tankesley and the late Alice Mae (Stoner)... View Obituary & Service Information
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