Robert A. “Bob” Russell

Robert A. “Bob” Russell, 88, of Kansas City, Missouri passed on June 21, 2019 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 5:00PM at the flag pole at Teetering Rocks Villas, 8815 Crysler, KCMO. This will be casual so please bring a lawn chair.

Bob was one of a kind, to know him was to love him. He was a lover of sports. He set the city record in pole vault his senior year at Central High School in Kansas City. He loved basketball, but especially loved baseball. Bob played baseball on a number of Kansas City teams. He also played baseball in Germany for the Army and for the New York Yankee Farm team. He was a professional bowler and owned the Blue Ridge Bowl along with several others. Bob worked as a district manager for Kelloggs for 25 years and after retirement he dealt cards for 10 more years at Ameristar Casino.

He was preceded in death by his mother Hazel and father Charles, 3 sisters Dorothy, Ethel, and Charlene and a brother Charles.

He leaves his wife Beverly of the home; sons; Ron (Lisa) Russell and Ray Russell and grandson Dakota Russell who is currently serving in the Navy in Guam; 3 step-children; Debbie (Dennis) Dierking, Doug (Audrey) Wasson, and Dan (Leslie) Wasson; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.


  1. joy gieringer weekly on July 7, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    I have an inquiry regarding Bob Russell from my childhood” If he was my Uncle Bob? ” My knowledge comes from his professional bowling days and the remembrances I have of hugs when I was a child til around 6. Please contact me. I have searched many times over the past years without success. I am happy to have read that his life was so fulfilled after I was no longer a niece. Our youngest pole vaulted, Our 2nd serves in the Air Force and my husband, bowled for Rockhurst College. Just seeing his photo brought back my remembrances from his managing the Plaza bowl, the many leagues and tournaments that I was taken to to watch him or them bowl plus visits with my uncle (and aunt.) The timeline would be 1956-@1961.

  2. Joanne Chaney on July 8, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    We are so sorry to lose Bob we been friends for so many years I will miss him he was one of a kind and so much fun wonderful trips we took together many card games parties I have very good memories rest in peace Bob

  3. Sue and Phil Jones on July 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    We’re so sorry to lose our good neighbor Bob. He was always happy and smiling, even when you knew he wasn’t feeling well. I will miss our chats at the mailbox. We lost a good friend, but Heaven is brighter now. Rest In Peace Bob.

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