Robert "Bob" Clifford Wilgus, 85, of Hannibal, passed away at 9:06 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.

Robert "Bob" Clifford Wilgus, 85, of Hannibal, passed away at 9:06 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.

Graveside services and burial with full military rites will be at 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal. Rev. Nathan Markley will officiate.

Friends and family are invited to Bob’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 2 p.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.

The family is being served by the James O’Donnell Funeral Home of Hannibal.

Bob was born March 8, 1933, in LaPlata, to Clifford and Hildred Loew Wilgus.

He was married to Gwendolyn”Gwen" Williams on June 1, 1958 at the First Methodist Church of Mexico, Mo.

Survivors include his wife, Gwen; two daughters, Bobette Hatteberg (Scott) of Solon, Ohio, Shari Dewhurst (Dewey) of West Des Moines, Iowa; one sister, Betty Lou Stribling (John) of Ogden, Iowa; one brother, Larry Wilgus (Mary Jane) of Hannibal; four grandchildren, Alyssa Garver (Samuel) Adam Hatteberg, Keaton Rumer and Kaden Rumer. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his dear sister, Yvonne Cassidy.

Bob graduated from LaPlata High School in 1951. He served for four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict, working as a jet mechanic and attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. While he never saw combat, he helped supply safe planes for those who did. Bob was blessed to be able to participate in the Great River Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2015. After his service, he furthered his education at Northeast Missouri State Teacher College (Truman State University) in Kirksville. Following college, Bob started a long career with the Missouri Department of Transportation; he first worked for five years in Kirkwood before accepting a position in Hannibal. Bob retired in 1991 as a senior designer for the Missouri Department of Transportation after working 33 years in the Hannibal office.

Bob was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal for 40 years, where he served as an elder. Most recently, he has been a member of Big Creek Presbyterian Church in Rensselaer.

Bob passionately loved the Lord and his wife, Gwen. He and Gwen were married for 60 years and were inseparable. They served the Lord in their church and numerous organizations. They volunteered with Lay Renewal Ministries of St. Louis, where Bob participated in or lead over 80 Lay Witness Missions in Canada and all over the United States. They also volunteered full-time at Child Evangelism Fellowship in Warrenton in the Mailbox Club/Truth Chasers Club for 15 years.

Bob enjoyed waterfowl hunting with a number of his hunting buddies, especially with his dear friend, Jerry Lee. He also loved spending time with his family and traveling with his wife, especially to Estes Park Colo., where they spent the first two summers of their marriage.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Tonya, Mark, Anita and the team from Community Loving Care Hospice as well as his wonderful team of caregivers: Heidi, Kim, Mandy and Lynn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Lay Renewal Ministries of Eureka or Child Evangelism Fellowship of Warrenton.

Pallbearers will be Adam Hatteberg, Keaton Rumer, Kaden Rumer, Scott Hatteberg, Dewey Dewhurst and Samuel Garver.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Lee, Marion Fike and Rod Rumer.

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