Bill McRobert

{August 14, 1941 - January 31, 2016}

William Paul “Bill” McRobert, 74, of Memphis passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Scotland County Care Center.

He was born the son of Leland and Irma (Burrus) McRobert on August 14, 1941 in Scotland County.

He attended Ft. Donaldson, Jayne Schools, and Memphis schools during his elementary years. Bill graduated from Memphis High School in 1959. He attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University) after graduating high school.

Bill married the former Sharon Fountain on August 12, 1962 at the First Christian Church in Memphis. She preceded him in death on January 15, 2007.

The McRoberts settled down and farmed in Scotland County. Bill was very active in the community. He was a past president and treasurer of the Scotland County School Board; served on the Scotland County Care Center Board, the FSA Board, the Ambulance Board and was a member of the old Greensburg Christian Church. He was a member of the Greensburg Masonic Lodge #414 A.F & A.M.

Bill was passionate about physical fitness and loved to play tennis. He was a fierce cribbage player, especially with his brother Max. Whenever they were together, they stayed up late and got up early to play, religiously keeping track of their matches to see who was winning. They played thousands of games together, up until just a few weeks ago when Bill’s health failed.

Bill was very dedicated to his grandchildren. He attended as many of their activities as possible.

He most enjoyed helping people, no matter the job. He was always doing something for his family, neighbors and friends be it loaning them his car or helping to put in a new floor. Helping others was very important to Bill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon; parents, Leland and Irma; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Dorothy Fountain; and a brother-in-law, Carl Fountain.

He is survived by his children, David and wife Lana McRobert and Sheri and husband Joel Kapfer, all of Memphis; a brother, Dr. L.M. “Max” McRobert and sister, Ila McRobert, all of Venice, FL; and a sister Shirley and husband Paul Townsend of Keokuk, IA; grandchildren, Will, Grant, and Charlotte McRobert and Jacob Kapfer, all of Memphis; a brother-in-law, Vernie and wife Joy Fountain of Springfield, MO; a special friend, Carol Burrus, of Venice; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 6 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Jack Sumption, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Greensburg Cemetery.

Visitation is from 12-8 p.m., Friday, February 5 at the Gerth Funeral Home with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. A masonic service will be held at 8 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Greensburg Cemetery or the Scotland County Community Fitness Center.

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10 comments

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you walk out the next several days and weeks. May the Lord be your strength, peace and comfort. Love, prayers and blessings from our family-Curtis & Marie Ebeling and family

    Comment by Curtis & Marie Ebeling on February 1, 2016 at 11:29 pm
  2. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire McRobert family. Bill was a great guy and will be sorely missed.

    Comment by Kathy Young on February 2, 2016 at 2:19 am
  3. bill was a high school classmate, a fraternity pledge brother, a fraternity brother and a life long friend. bill was a great sport and a great man. I will miss him dearly, rest in peace good friend.

    max mcgowan

    Comment by max mcgowan on February 3, 2016 at 6:27 pm
  4. When I think of Bill I think of His smile and cheerful attitude. He had a servant’s heart. He was willing to help and serve others. He added much joy to those around him and his presence will be missed. He was faithful to those he loved. God bless his family as they grieve the loss of a great man and friend.

    Comment by Mary Jean McRoberts on February 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm
  5. May God bless you and give you the strength you need at this difficult time

    Comment by Shirley Harbur on February 3, 2016 at 9:44 pm
  6. So sorry for your loss.

    Comment by Reta Sourwine on February 4, 2016 at 2:12 am
  7. Our prayers to all the McRobert family and Carol. We were saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. A long time friend and neighbor. He will be missed by all who knew him. Sending prayers.

    Comment by Marilyn & Keith Dunn on February 4, 2016 at 4:53 am
  8. Our sincere condolences from all the residents and Board of Directors at Harbor Lights on the loss of Bill who was very dear to all of us and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers and with his family and loved ones during this trying time. God bless.

    Comment by Board of Directors on February 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm
  9. So sorry for your loss !

    Comment by Rick&Lesa(Swearingen)Delaney on February 5, 2016 at 3:06 pm
  10. Our sincerest condolences to Bill’s family and Carol Burris and her family on the loss of Bill. He was a one of a kind man and Bob and I will miss him a great deal.

    Comment by Robert & Barb Lawrence on February 9, 2016 at 10:11 pm