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Robert Vernon Ply of Raytown, Missouri, age 81, and known to most as “Bobby” went home to be with his Lord and the Love of his life Peggy Ply on May 18, 2022.
Bobby was born August 13, 1940 in McAllen Texas and raised in Mission, Texas. At Mission High School he grew into a well-rounded and gifted athlete lettering in track, basketball, baseball, and football. After graduating from High School in 1958, Bobby earned a Football Scholarship to attend Baylor University in Waco, TX. In 1962, after four years of hard work, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
During his time at Baylor, Bobby would experience many milestones. One being his greatest blessing, his family. After knowing each other since the fourth grade Bobby married Peggy Pearson on June 4, 1960. They welcomed their only child, Laura Leigh on May 1, 1962.
In 1962, while at Baylor, he was drafted to play football for the Dallas Texans. A year later, the team would be moved to Kansas City thus beginning Bobby’s lifelong involvement with the Kansas City Chief’s organization. He played Defensive Back / Safety from 1962-1967; becoming a two-time AFL Champion and a record holder for the most passes intercepted in a single game.
Bobby and Peggy settled in Raytown and lived in the same home for 55 years. After football, he spent another four decades working in the community. First, with United Computing Systems as Comptroller. He then worked 20 plus years with Central States Thermo-King, retiring in 2007 as their Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.
Bobby was an active member of The NFL Alumni and one of the original founding members of the Kansas City Chief’s Ambassador Group.
Bobby would want to be remembered for, his love for traveling, socializing with close friends and love for the game of football. Most importantly, he’d want to be remembered as a loving husband, father, “papa” and “great-papa”
Bobby is preceded in death, by his beautiful wife Peggy (Pearson) Ply; his parents, James Vernon and Mallie Mae (Harris) Ply; and his brother, Richard “Dickey” Ply.
Survivors include: daughter, Laura Ply DeCourcy; granddaughter, Lindsey Kordick; grandson, Robert “Bobby” Kordick; and great-grandchildren, Cayden, Aubrey and Kinleigh.
While Bobby and Peggy are celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary in heaven, we will gather in person to celebrate his life June 04, 2022, at Heartland Cremation and Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64133. Visitation from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and a memorial service from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To watch the live stream of memorial service, click here: ROBERT VERNON PLY MEMORIAL SERVICE.
In Lieu of flowers, we ask that a donation be made in memory of Bobby to: The Ambassadors Charitable Foundation, One Arrowhead Dr., Kansas City, MO 64129.
Diane Pearson McKinnon says
To dear Laura and family I extend my deepest sympathy and prayers. Bobby and Peggy were true examples of what love should be and our family was truly blessed when he officially joined the Pearson family when they married. The pain of loss for both of them will never go away but the memories will grow sweeter with each passing day.
Carol & Dick Stuart says
We’re thinking of you and your Family at this difficult time.
You are in our prayers and thoughts!
Matteson Family says
Bobby is in a great place along his sweethearts side. No more aches and pains of this world. Another journy for Bobbiy
Homer Cash Ply LTC, Ret. US Army says
Bobby’s dad, James Vernon was the oldest of the eight members of the Ply family, with me being the youngest. My earliest memories of Bobby are playing together, while Vernon was serving in combat as a Marine during WWII. Later, Bobby and I played HS football against each, before playing for different Universities. I went on to serve 27 years in the Army, then a career as a school teacher and coach, while he continued in the Pros and the business world. May you Rest In Peace dear Nephew. I Miss you.