Mr. Robert E. Ayers, age 87, of Canton, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Mr. Robert E. Ayers, age 87, of Canton, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Bob was born Jan. 27, 1932 in Keokuk, Iowa, a son of William Harris and Blanche Verlee Leeper Ayers. He married Emma Ruth Smith and to this union five children were born.

Bob was president of Ayers Oil Company for over 30 years. He succeeded his father in the business, which was started in 1924 in Clark County. He was a past president of the Missouri Oil Jobbers Association, and was a former member of the Canton R-V school board, Culver-Stockton Board of Trustees, Sun N Surf Swim board and Immanuel United Methodist Church member and in years past, member of their church board. He was an Army veteran serving from 1955 to 1957.

Survivors include five children, Debbie (Kevin) Carr of Nutley, N.J., Donna Ayers of Raytown, Steve (Cindy) Ayers of Canton, Paul (Blanca) Ayers of Conway, Ark. and Diana Ayers of Bath, N.Y.; grandchildren, Brad (Jessica) Ayers, Wes (Emily) Ayers, Jordan (Kristin) Ayers, Drew Ayers, Lucas, Jannelle, Logan and Landon Ayers; and step-grandchildren, Rudy, Max and Sebastian De Anda; eight great-grandchildren, with another expected, in July and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jim Ayers; and one sister, Twila Boulware.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Canton with Pastor Harry Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Forest Grove Cemetery in Canton. Visitation will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Immanuel United Methodist Church or to River Valley Community Course.

Online condolences may be left at www.davis-fh.com