Robert Bruce Bobe, 70, of Bruceville, passed away Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was born in Vincennes on Sept. 4, 1946, to Bruce Edward and Helen Louise Atkinson Bobe.
Robert grew up in Vincennes and attended Lincoln High School where he played football until his junior year. His family then moved to Bruceville. He finished that year at Bruceville High School and was then a member of the first graduating class of North Knox in 1964. He attended Vincennes University, received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Purdue University and a Master of Science degree in education from Purdue University. He married Peggy Frances Sartor on Aug. 13, 1967.
He was an excellent trap shooter, a lifeguard while at Purdue, a trombone player in the Fellowship Band, which was a gospel group made up of family and friends, and he earned his pilot's license many years ago. He enjoyed working with computers and writing his own programs, growing huge gardens, and taking pictures. He always said that one of his life goals was to be an amazing grandpa like the one he had, William Barnett Atkinson. He successfully reached his goal.
Early in his career, he worked for Swift in agriculture chemical sales and Lely in farm equipment sales. He taught agriculture for nearly five years at Rockville High School in Rockville, before moving back to Bruceville. After teaching agriculture at North Knox High School for the next 35 years, he retired in 2011. While at NK, he served as the sponsor for FFA and Young Farmers.
He is survived by his children, Jenny Moreland and her husband Jamie of Bruceville, Michael Bobe of Bruceville, and Amy Queen of Bicknell; grandchildren Zachary Moreland, Nicholas Moreland and Anthony Moreland of Bruceville, and Alysha Queen and Nathan Queen of Bicknell; brothers Bill Bobe and his wife Betty of Bruceville, and Henry Bobe of Sullivan; sister-in-law Betty Roark of Sumner, Illinois; four nieces; four nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife on Jan. 9, 2016, and his parents.
Friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at North Knox Junior-Senior High School auxiliary gym. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home Bruceville Chapel. He will be laid to rest at Bruceville Cemetery, with Jim Beery officiating. In lieu of flowers or other items, the family requests that donations be made to the North Knox Scholarship Foundation, 508 W. 11th St., Bicknell, IN 47512, in memory of Mr. Bobe to benefit future graduates of NKHS. Online condolences may be made at www.fredrickandson.com.
Published on March 16, 2017