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     Robert Ray "Bob" Selvey, age 84, of rural Liberal, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013 at his home.

     Bob was born October 23, 1928, in Lamar, Missouri, one of the 11 children of Roy and Essie (McManis) Selvey.  After graduating from Lamar High School in 1947, Bob and three of his brothers farmed together for six years.  He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the 43rd Armored Infantry Battalion during the Korean War.

    On January 3, 1954, in Lamar, Bob married Betty J. Clements, and they farmed and raised their two daughters in Barton County.  They had shared 55 years together before Betty's passing on November 19, 2009.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Martin, Gene, and Leland  Selvey; and a sister, Lorene Norwood.

    In addition to being a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Bob was faithful to his Lord and an active member of Hannon Free Will Baptist Church.  Bob will be remembered by countless family members, friends and neighbors for the generous and joyous way he gave of himself for the benefit of others.

     Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Brenda & Stan Bunch of Buffalo, Missouri, and Sandy & Allen Smith of Kansas City, Missouri; four brothers, Keith Selvey,  Don & Thelma Selvey, Carl & Beverly Selvey, all of Lamar, and Ron & Donna Selvey, Bolivar; two sisters, Helen Carr and Louise Caruthers, both of Lamar; five grandchildren, Jonathan & wife Amanda Bunch, Rachel & husband Kevin Pulliam, Alicia Bunch, Brandon & wife Mandy Smith, and Amanda Bunch; seven great-grandchildren, James Robert and Katie Jayne Smith, Shawn Allen, Maggie Josephine, and Sarah Lynn Smith; Audrey Elizabeth Bunch and Jonathan Jack Bradley Bunch; and a large extended family.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Hannon Free Will Baptist Church.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery with full military honors.

     The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Missouri Free Will Baptist, earmarked for the Panama Seminary Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Comments  

#12 Fulton MOGreg Salmons 2013-07-18 10:18
Our heart goes out to Sandy, Brenda, and their families. Bob was such a joy to talk too and be around, his smile was contagious. He was a great giver to all, especially children. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob & Betty and the girls some 45 years ago when he and my father stayed in touch after serving in the Army together. We visited them several summers in a row for a week or more while they introduced us to the farm life. I would not trade those character building days for anything as we witnessed the close relationship the family had with God and the entire church family. Love to all, you will be in our prayers. Greg Salmons & Family
#11 Wentzville, MOScott Lane 2013-07-17 21:47
Tonight I shared the news of Bob's passing with my youngest son. He immediately broke into tears. My 13 year old only visited Bob and Betty a handful of times, but those times together touched him in a way he'll never forget. My boy spoke of getting his first tractor ride with Bob, and getting to look at his combine and all of the farm equipment. How Bob answered every single question about what its like to be a farmer. And why he had "green" tractors. I will never forget that day, my boy looked at me and said, "Dad, I want to be a farmer just like Bob someday." For those who know me, this is a generational thing. I remember being that young boy riding in Bob's combine while he cut wheat. Then working for him and Betty in the hayfields. And the day he gave me a couple pigs to raise. Growing up with the Selvey's as my neighbors contributed to me being the man I became. I so wish I could've had just one more visit with Bob. My hometown has lost one of its most special and wonderful people. Heaven has gained a wonderful man. God's plan is complete, Bob and Betty are together again. I pray they both knew how they touched my family's lives in such special ways! Our prayers are with Brenda, Sandy, and their families.
#10 Liberal, Mo.Betty Venable Turner 2013-07-17 17:04
Bob and Betty were great pillar's to the community. Always smiling and friendly.They will be greatly missed by all who knew them and loved them. Rest in peace my friends. Betty
#9 Lamar, MOMelissa Bishop 2013-07-17 13:16
Great Uncle Bob was one heck of a guy! He was a great man to look up to, always smiling and always had something good to say. He was a man of his word and loved his family. It saddens me to know he is gone but I am so happy for him. I hear heaven is a beautiful place and I know he was very anxious to see his sweetie just as much as she was to see him.
#8 John Scott Nicholas 2013-07-17 10:53
I extend my deepest condolences to all the family and friends of Bob Selvey. Heaven is richer, Earth poorer for the life of this marvelous man: a patriot; a loving husband, father, grandfather; a gentleman farmer; a Christian, a Great Lion of God; a faithful friend and mentor to all his life touched. He gave me my first job and recommended highly for my second. I will never forget this man and all he taught me. In the tongue of my people, the Maliseet Nation, there is no word for good-bye, only "Apchurch," which means "until we meet again." Let us console ourselves in this time of grief: Apchurch, my dear friend and Brother in Christ: until we meet again.
#7 Liberal, MOLisa Butts 2013-07-17 07:52
I'm so happy he's reunited with Betty, but will miss his smile so much.

Praying for you!
#6 Jack & Arlene Palmer 2013-07-17 07:06
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this sad time. Bob was a great man and wonderful christian. He always had a smile and a warm greeting to all he knew.
We enjoyed his friendship..
#5 sam and cheryl dohle 2013-07-16 08:50
WE ARE SADDENED TO HEAR OF BOBS PASSING.HE WAS A KIND JOYFUL RESPECTFUL MAN TO ALL..........SAM HAS MANY FOND MEMORIES OF BOB LIKE HOW HE USE TO CUT A PATH FOR HIM TO GET TO HIS DEER HUNTING AREA..... BUT WE KNOW HES REJOICEING WITH BETTY AND HIS SAVIOR NOW.HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTON.OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL(MS LOUISE).
#4 Tyler, TexasCarolyn Smith 2013-07-16 07:28
My heart goes out to both you, Sandy, Brenda and your families. It is hard to think of Bob being gone from this life as he was always full of life & joy. But I once heard someone say that God did not promise to remove sickness but He promised He would be with us forever and that he had many manisons and would prepare a place for us. Now that is couple of promises that any Christian can rejoice in. Bob and Betty now have a mansion and are worshiping the Lord. Love you all,
#3 Buffalo, MOJanet K. Wood 2013-07-15 13:21
you are in my prayers, God Bless

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