We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Cater Funeral Home
Robert Henry “Bob” Richardson, 90, of Moberly, died peacefully surrounded by his family on July 23rd, 2022. He was born February 15, 1932, in Moberly to the union Charles Omar and Lavon Marie (Hobbs) Richardson.
Bob is survived by his spouse of 68 years Phyllis (Hill) Richardson, and their two children daughter Robin Richardson Koury of Columbia Missouri, son Robert “Bobby” Richardson and Bobby’s wife Patty Richardson of Independence Missouri, “Papa” to his four grandchildren Gabrielle “Gabi” Koury (Wilmington, Delaware), Daniel “Danny” Richardson (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Alexandra “Alex” (Koury) Paulsel and husband John “JD” Paulsel (Denver, Colorado), Amy Richardson (Springfield, Missouri), and other loving relatives across the country.
Bob enjoyed a long life in Moberly. He enjoyed playing sports like football and track during his school-aged years and after graduating high school he was drafted into the army where he served as a Military Policemen (MP) for two years. While serving, he was an atomic bomb testing veteran in Nevada. After receiving his Honorable Discharge from the army, Bob and Phyllis were married on April 4th, 1954 at Central Christian Church. He was initially employed as a Telegraph Operator with the Wabash Railroad, became a Train Dispatcher with Norfolk and Western, then he became Chief Train Dispatcher for Norfolk and Southern. Bob was also privileged to be nominated and participate in the Honor Flight experience with a trip to Washington D.C. with his fellow veterans.
For many years, Bob was an avid golfer in multiple leagues, and enjoyed watching state and local sports teams like the Missouri University Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. He was previously the president of the Moberly Country Club, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of the American Legion. In the early days, Bob helped coach football at the elementary and junior high schools. One of his favorite hobbies was rebuilding antique automobiles such as the 1914 Model T, 1932 Ford truck, and the Ford Huckster truck. Bob spent many years supporting his wife Phyllis showing their American Saddlebred horses in several venues across the country. Locally, Bob supported Phyllis in managing the Huntsville Horseshow. Also, they enjoyed vacationing to Europe and across the United States.
Bob enjoyed community service on the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador welcoming new businesses to town. In addition, during his 75 year+ membership of the Central Christian Church, Bob enjoyed serving in many roles within the church including singing in the choir, Deacon, and Elder. He was also a 20 year member at the Wellness Center where great friendships were made.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Martha Margaret Gowen.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to research with the Alzheimer’s Association.
A visitation where words of comfort and support were shared with the family was held at the Cater Funeral Home Chapel; Funeral services honoring and celebrating Bob’s life followed. Military Honors, Committal prayer and burial took place at the Oakland Cemetery.