Bob Douglas


     Robert E. “Bob” Douglas, age 90, of Lamar, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2008 at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin.


     Bob was born September 28, 1917 in Lamar, the third son of Leonard and Mary (Lang) Douglas.  He graduated from Lamar High School in 1935 and worked for Three Brothers Supply Store and Elgin Dermott Motors until his induction into the U.S. Army on December 7, 1942.   He served on Adak in the Aleutian Islands and Camp Croft, South Carolina.  While on leave from Camp Croft, Bob came home to Lamar to marry the love of his life, Eileen Duffy on June 13, 1944.  He was discharged in 1945, and they returned to Lamar and Bob’s job with Elgin Dermott.  He then received a direct commission as a 2nd Lieutenant from the Missouri National Guard and worked at Camp Clark in Nevada, the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office in Jefferson City, and served three tours of duty in the Pentagon.  After more than 30 years of military service, Bob retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1979.


     In his retirement years, Bob revitalized the Barton County Historical Society and Museum, serving as its president for the past 30 years.  He was an active member of Lamar United Methodist Church where he served as Historian and taught Sunday school class.  A tireless worker in his community, Bob received the Chamber of Commerce Truman Award and Volunteer Spirit Award, Community Betterment President’s Award and the D.A.R. Medal of Honor.


     Survivors include his wife of  64 years, Eileen, of the home; a daughter, Suzanne Dennison, Jefferson City, Missouri; his grandson, Bart Douglas Phipps; two great grandchildren, Dakota Wayne and Bridget Eileen; and a sister, Thelma “Sue” Smith, Banning, California.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim Douglas and Dr. Joe Douglas; a sister, Wilma “Billie” Norwood, and a son-in-law, Wm. Reed Dennison.


     A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 22nd, at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time.  Honoring Bob’s wishes, his body has been cremated and burial will be in Lake Cemetery at a later date.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church or Barton County Historical Society, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#7 Independence MOMary Hull Turner 2008-10-29 13:55

I was so sorry to see your dad's obituary in the paper. I doubt you remember me, but I was in one of your music classes when you student taught in Greenfield. We also went to church with your grandparents in South Greenfield. I've often wondered where you were and if you continued to teach music. Again, my sympathy is extended to you and your family.
#6 Lamar, MOEdith jTodd 2008-09-27 07:34
I will forever cherish my memories of Bob Douglas and his dedication to the history and heritage of Barton County. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.

Edith Todd
#5 TulsaRejeana Zinn Barker 2008-09-26 07:43
My condolences to your family. Barton County is a better place because of Bob's dedication to making it so. He touched many people's lives in a very positive way.
#4 Lake Carmel, Eugene, MOSGM Ret Cindy Benward 2008-09-22 09:22
I honor The Douglas Family for the loyalty and love you gave Bob on a wonderful journey, and to that journey's end.

While working with Bob years ago at USPFO-MO, he taught me to grab the brass ring on the carousel of life so that I could give back to our country.

May God bless Bob, and the country he loved.

Eileen and Suzanne; members of the Douglas family --- may you find comfort in the arms of an angel.
#3 Girls from dialysis 2008-09-20 11:03
Bob was such a wonderful person and a joy to have as our patient. We all really looked up to him for his positive attitude and his smile on his face! We will truly miss him.
You have our deepest sympathy.

Girls at dialysis.
#2 Tulsa, OKMike Williams 2008-09-19 14:50
My sympathies to the Douglas family and my gratitude to Mr. Douglas for all he did for the Barton County Historical Society.
#1 Lamar, MOMarcia Bary 2008-09-19 12:20
Our sincere and heart-felt sympathies to your family. Bob was such a special person and he will be missed by many.

The John Bary Family

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