Robert "Bob" Spears, age 80 of Beardstown, died Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in his home.
He was born April 2, 1939 in Bluff Springs, the son of Daniel and Zelma Cole Spears. He married Bobbye Hacker and she preceded him in death on August 30, 2018.
He is survived by his sons Robert Daniel (wife Jinda) Spears of Texas, Richard David Spears of Beardstown, Russel Darin (companion Michelle Hankins) Spears of Beardstown, and Ronald Dustin Spears of Beardstown, 11 grandchildren Robert Daniel Spears III, Maddie Moore, Krystal Spears, Sarah (husband Justice) Rice, Ronald Dustin (wife Erica) Spears II, Ray (wife Catherine) Marshall, Mariah Miller, Quinta Spears, Brylan Brogdon, Haley Sommer, and Alayna Pace; 14 great grandchildren; one sister Phyllis Hill of Dawson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his companion Becky Peterson, and a brother Charles Spears.
Bob graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1958. He worked as a First Mate for Material Services and later was Superintendent of Bridges for Freesen Brothers Construction in Bluffs. He was the first and last person to work on the Bluffs Bridge. He was a member of Community of Christ Church in Beardstown and later Bethel Church of the Nazarene. Bob was always busy. He enjoyed classic cars and being a part of the Chivalers. He rocked on with his bands “Big Bob and Little Larry” and “Rebel Rousers”. Bob was
Boy Scout Troop 128 Scout Master from 1972 to 1984 touching the lives of many of Beardstown's young men. BSA recognized Bob as an exceptional Scout Master, with Wood Badge, one of Scouting's highest awards for adult leaders. He is most known for his love of gardening which he owned and operated Spears Market in Beardstown for many years.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM Monday, February 3, 2020 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown. Burial will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery. The family will meet with friends one hour prior to the services at the memorial home on Monday.
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