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Robert Joseph Linville, 83, of Sun City West Arizona (previously of Kansas City, Missouri) died peacefully on November 29th, 2022, of congestive heart failure.
Robert (Bob) was born to Harry and Naomi James Linville in Chillicothe, Missouri on February 19th, 1939. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Clay Linville (Sun City West, Arizona), three daughters: Stacie Greening (Lee's Summit, Missouri), Tracie Abernathy (Lee's Summit, Missouri) and Amy Linville (Olathe, Kansas), 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, three stepchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa, parents Harry and Naomi and sisters Joyce A. Linville Bales and Sharon R. Linville.
Bob graduated from East High School in 1957. He joined the US Marines and earned a full scholarship to Missouri S & T in Rolla where he graduated with a Civil Engineering degree. In 1960 he married Teresa Kehoe. He worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline from 1962-1989. He later was employed by Bechtel Engineering and El Paso Corporation where he had the opportunity to travel and work in Algeria, Africa.
In 1990, he married Carolyn Clay and eventually moved to Sun City West Arizona where Bob enjoyed the weather and especially talking about it! He stayed active by playing bridge and bocce ball. From his backyard on the golf course, he loved watching the Arizona sunsets. An ongoing joke was how he’d constantly remind his daughters what the current time was in Arizona vs. Kansas City!
Bob was known for his quiet, calm, and hardworking demeanor. Always the consummate scholar, Bob enjoyed Astronomy and Geology. He had an adventurous and competitive spirit. He loved and introduced his daughters to bowling, golf, boating, racing, football, basketball, baseball, tennis, bocce ball, racquetball, go kart racing, miniature golf, and water skiing. Bob is affectionately remembered as being organized to a fault. He single handedly helped Arthur Fry become a millionaire with the amount of Post-it notes he purchased! His lists were notorious and could be found all over his house. Later, he invested in the Franklin Planner and the extra courses designed to further enhance organization.
Christmas was his favorite holiday, and he loved all the things associated with it. As we write this, we are reminded of one of his favorite Christmas songs; I'll Be Home for Christmas. And we know that he is.
A private graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence, Missouri. A celebration of life will likely be held in January and details are forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to The Alzheimer's Association .
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