Robert T. Mobley Obituary

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August 22, 1928 – October 12, 2003

Robert T. "Bob” Mobley, 75 of Independence, MO died October 12, 2003 at Carondelet Manor from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. He was born August 22, 1928 to John and Ethel (Davis) Mobley in Kansas City, MO. The Mobley-Davis families originally owned the land south of 103rd and State Line on the Missouri side that was developed into Red Bridge, Watts Mill and the Carondelet St. Joseph Health Center complex. The Mobley home stood where the Emergency Department of the Health Center is located. Bob retired from the Delphi (Delco) Battery Plant Division of General Motors after 32 years service. He had been employed by Carondelet Manor for the past 13 years. Bob was a Veteran of WWII, serving with the US Navy. In 1947 while stationed on Okinawa in the Asian Pacific, he became a licensed amateur (HAM) radio operator and helped establish the first amateur radio station there. His interest in amateur radio continued throughout his life, and his call letters, KOLFI, were known world-wide. He was active in the Independence Amateur Radio Club, the Military Affiliated Radio Service (MARS), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA). He was a volunteer Examiner for the Amateur Radio Service, and an Executive Examiner for Commercial Radio Services. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Harold "Sandy” Mobley. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Mobley, of south Independence; son, Ben Bryan Mobley, of Memphis, TN; daughter-in-law, Carol Mobley, of Bartlett, TN, daughters, Suzanne Spoon and her husband, John, of the home; Leigh Ann Mobley of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Esther Mona of Riverside, CA; seven grandchildren, Chris, Melissa, Tiffany, Johnnie Lee, Jessica, Ben Bryan, Jr., and Adam, and three great-grandchildren, Nathan, Natalie and Brodie. He is also survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sally and Ted Green, of Atlanta, GA, and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George "Jack” and Mary Jo Prock, of Phoenix, AZ, and eight nieces and two nephews. He also leaves his faithful canine companion, Andy. Bob was a member of the Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church. He had been a Scout Master for Cub Scout Troop 263 in Independence, and was an honorary Warrior of the Boy Scout Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was a past-president of the Independence Good Neighborhood Council in the Maywood area. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1000, Independence, MO, and Elk’s Lodge No. 26 of Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Sunshine Center School, 607 West Lexington, Independence, MO 64055, in honor of his special needs great-granddaughter, Natalie Spoon, or the American Lung Association, 2007 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64108. The family wishes to thank Drs. Chris, Brahm and Daniel Geha and Dr. John Goheen and the staffs at Ward Parkway Health Services and Carondelet Manor for their care and support, and also thanks his radio ‘buddies”, Warren Tryon, Henry Langley and Larry Neal. Visitation will be 6-9 pm Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at George C. Carson & Sons Funeral Home, Winner Road at Fuller, Independence, MO, with an Elks service at 8 pm. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, October 16, 2003 at Forest Hill Cemetery, 6901 Troost, Kansas City, MO 64131.

Robert T.'s tribute is brought to you by:
Speaks Family Legacy Chapels
Speaks Family Legacy Chapels
1501 W. Lexington Ave.
Independence, MO United States
Phone: 816-252-7900
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