Funeral services for Robert "Bob" McGee, 82, of Indianola, were held Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Interment was at the Last Chance Cemetery.
Family received friends on Tuesday, September 13th, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Memorials may be made to the Last Chance Cemetery Fund.
Robert was born July 4, 1940, to Mary McGee at home on the McGee farm near Chariton. He was proud to be a McGee, Robert was always grateful for his close relationships with the entire McGee family, especially with his Grandpa McGee and his uncles Jerry, Mike, and Thomas. They taught him the skills of running heavy equipment and how to work, and he was even more thankful for the life lessons of how to be a good man, husband, father, and grandfather. His mother Mary married Don Egbert when Robert was 9 years old, Don treated Robert like his own from the very beginning and the two remained close throughout their lives.
Growing up in rural Chariton, he graduated from Chariton High School in 1959. He worked with the McGee’s running heavy equipment. He was proud of the work he did and would often drive around with the kids and grandkids showing them the bridges that he built, the Red Rock Dam, and was proud of the work he did in building the Chariton Hospital.
Robert met Nancy Church at a dance at the VFW. She was wearing a poodle skirt and thought he looked handsome in his seer sucker shirt and penny loafers. They accompanied friends to Princeton Missouri where Robert and Nancy were to be their witnesses for the wedding, but the other couple backed out, and Robert and Nancy decided to step in. They were married on November 21, 1959. As it turns out, they were a perfect match and remained by each other’s side throughout their marriage. They were blessed with three children: Jeffery, Brenda, and Kathy.
Always full of love, you could see this in how Robert smiled, he smiled with his whole face. He loved his family, his entire family. Of course, he loved his children and spoiled them as much as he could, but he was an awesome grandfather and great grandfather. He enjoyed taking the kids to seminary every morning and taking the boys to get a hair cut every other week. These ordinary things made special memories for him and the kids. He loved family get togethers with both his side of the family and Nancy’s. He loved the dinners and barbeques with everyone together. Anyone that knows him might remember him breaking into song, although he was tone deaf, he loved to sing and to sing full and loud. He loved to sing a good Irish ditty or a made-up song to the grandkids.
Robert had a deep faith and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1979. He was very active in the church on the south side of Des Moines. He helped in countless ways and became a leader in the church and helped with many worship services, funeral services, marriages, and spiritual advising sessions.
Robert would always say what was on his mind. Some of his grandchildren take after him with that trait for sure. He would expect people to walk with a purpose, no matter what they were doing. Robert was always respectful and very social. He could talk to anyone; it would often seem as though he was running for office. At the nursing home the last few years, he received the nickname – “the Mayor”, as he enjoyed talking to everyone while he went up and down the halls.
Robert passed away September 10, 2022 at the Good Samaritan Society in Indianola. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy in 2019; and his parents, Mary and Don Egbert; he is survived by his children: Jeffery (Sandy) McGee, Brenda Glosser, and Kathy (Chris) Shutts; grandchildren: Jennifer (James), Cody (Lacey), Casey (Mary), Calley (Austin), Daniel, and Chelsi (Jose); great grandchildren: Alex, Colton, Ella, Lily, Charlotte, Ryder, Maci, Braven, Aspyn, Serenity, and one more on the way; along with half-sister, Donna Hoffman, brothers and sisters-in-law: Connie (Paul) Prough, Mary Jeffries, Judy Church, and Jo Church; aunts, Dollie McGee and Marcella Zacanti; and many close relatives and friends.