We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Mary Butler Meyers Funeral Home
Robert Gene Hickman "Bob" 83 of Kansas City KS passed away peacefully March 1st 2021 at Riverbend nursing center. Bob had fallen ill after a stroke December 30th.
In the short time he was at Riverbend he became a favorite of the staff who lovingly cared for him and visited him to say goodbye.
Bob was born in Chariton Iowa. Blind, and at just 3 pounds he was not expected to make it. He frequently reflected on this fact throughout his life and was always surprised on each birthday as he became a year older that he was "still alive and getting old."
He commented many times that he didn't think he would be here to see his grandchildren and was overjoyed when he became a grandfather three times over. He was overjoyed again at becoming a great-grandfather.
When Bob left Chariton as a young man he traveled the country before settling down in Kansas city Kansas. There he met and married his wife Fayetta to whom he was married until her passing in March of 2009.
He worked for the Shawnee Mission School District in maintenance and retired after 45 years of faithful service. After retirement he went to work for Heartland Building Maintenance and remained with them until the age of 73. Bob worked 2 jobs most of his life and had a strong work ethic for which he was most proud.
Bob was an avid supporter of Disabled Americans Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project, Feed the Children, and the 700 club to which he donated monthly for many many years.
He had a fondness for his daughters beagle who passed away 30 hours prior to Bob. In the after life Bob is most likely sitting in his recliner chair eating a TV dinner, while Evil Knevil the Beagle sits at his feet staring at him, waiting to receive the last bite of Bob's dinner to which he always happily gave to the dog.
While Bob didn't have any hobbies, he did enjoy camel non filter cigarettes, coffee, and old Western movies. He once made his son in law's life miserable by forcing him to watch Jeremiah Johnson, which is the worst movie on the planet but was among Bob's favorite films.
Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife Fay Etta, his mother Helen Hickman Edgar and his father Doyle Hickman.
He is survived by his sister Jane Franklin.
His two daughters Tammy Hickman and Jackay Smith. His son in law Kevin Smith.
Three grandchildren, Kayla Gulley, Dylan Smith, Landon Smith and two great grandchildren Gabriel and Davina.
Arrangements made through Butler Meyers Funeral Home in KCK.
A private graveside service will be held in Chariton Iowa.