Robert Joseph Bidwell

Bob was a loving and giving family man. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Karen, of Raytown, Missouri. He was the father of five children, plus the grandfather (Papa) of twenty-two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His daughter Mindi Trenary-White and husband Charles of Raytown, Missouri, their children, Christian, Tiffanie, Jordan, Brandon, Jasmine, and Sincere and his great-grandchildren Jeremiah and Zaylee; daughter Katrina Wiggins and husband Robert of Kansas City, Missouri, their children Cory, Tanelle, Aryana, Chris, and Aaron; son James Trenary and wife April of Tulsa, Oklahoma, their children Elijah, Abigail, Rebekah, and Gideon; son Joshua Trenary of Houston, Texas, his children Tyler, Makayla, Owen, and Quinlan; son Michael Bidwell of Raytown, Missouri, his sons, Austin, Reilly, and Ace. He is also survived by his parents James and Judith Bidwell of Freeman, Missouri; sister Donna Howard and husband David of Kodiak, Tennessee; sister Diane Nichols of Freeman, Missouri; brother John Bidwell and wife Kandi of Oak Grove, Missouri, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceding Bob in death are his sister Shari Ann, sister Tamera Ann, twin brothers Dennis James and David James. Bob was born and raised in Freeman, Missouri, graduated from Cass Midway School where he participated in football and played trombone in the marching band. Bob was very active in Youth for Christ and was the president of Christ Ambassadors at his church. After graduation, Bob moved to Harrisonville, Missouri and served on the volunteer fire department. He always provided for his family, working at Allied Signal and eventually starting his own general contracting business. He proudly coached his sons in wrestling with Raytown South youth club and in high school. Although disabled for the past 20 years, he remained dedicated to his family, full of life, and a source of strength. We love you and you will truly be missed by all.


Visits: 9


  1. Donna and David howard on August 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Mom and dad, Karen and family, I may be 800 miles away and got sick at a very bad time, but you are loved and missed all of the time, and are in my thoughts and prayers always, Donna and David Howard Kodak, TN

  2. tracy hyett on August 30, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    To me you will always be Bobby Jo! Bob you were always so full of life! You would give a stranger the shirt off of your back if you thought they needed it. You are loved and missed by so many. There is and will always be a void because of your absence! 4th of July will never be the same. I know you are healthy now and dancing on the streets of gold. Rest in peace sweet soul! I love you Bobby Jo, and we will see each other again. Tell my grandma Brownie i love and miss her terribly!

  3. Pepper Jo Staggs on August 31, 2015 at 12:22 am

    My heart is broken for the loss of a wonderful cousin and friend. Robert Joseph and I have many memories of games we played as children, the 4th of July fun at Aunt Judy and Uncle Jim’s house, and knowing that he would do anything for me. He always made me feel special and loved. He had a heart of gold and helped everyone in need, always putting himself last. Our loss is Heaven’s gain…????

  4. Pepper Jo Staggs on August 31, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Those question marks are not supposed to be there. I put a heart. I don’t know what happened and can’t fix it.

  5. Brenda Cindrich on August 31, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Bob,thanks so much for making me laugh so hard every time we were together and thank you for letting me steal the idea that every time you are sick you need presents. I can’t tell you how well that has worked out. I love you and miss you and will see you again.

  6. Alice Burris Vulgamott on September 1, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Karen and family so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Bob as the young curly hair man with a great since of humor. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Jenn on November 22, 2023 at 12:43 am

    Bob was one of the most caring men I have ever met in my life. During my friendship with Mike, there was never a time where Bob did not always ensure I safely got home. Even in spite of his disability, the amount of care he showed me, the love he gave me, and the laughs we shared on our long journeys back to my house. He was like a second father to me and I thank him for the moments he impacted my life. He was truly a Teddy Bear who cares tremendously about his family. If there is anything I hope Mike and Karen always know. He loved you both very much and there was never a moment he failed to remind me of this.

    Thank you for the man you were to me.

    Jennifer Sanders

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