Robert Ernest McPherson was born June 17, 1932 in East St. Louis, Illinois, son of Howard and Evelyn (Champ) McPherson. He grew up in East St. Louis where he graduated from East St. Louis High School. He enrolled at Central Methodist College is Fayette, Missouri and began working towards a degree in biology.
Bob, or Mac, as he was known to many, was drafted into the United States Army in 1953. On June 18, 1954, he was united in marriage to Doris L. Wallis at Webster Groves, Missouri. Shortly after the wedding, he was sent to Korea to serve during the Korean Conflict. After two years of active duty, Bob returned home and completed his Bachelor's Degree in Biology. He was honorably discharged from the Army on July 31, 1961.
Bob and Doris made their home in East St. Louis, Illinois where Bob went to work for the State of Illinois and FDA as the Certification Officer for Milk and Water labs. In 1970, Bob was transferred to the Department of Public Health in Springfield, Illinois, so they moved to Pleasant Plains, Illinois. While in Pleasant Plains, Bob became a Christian and joined the Peter Cartwright United Methodist Church, where he served in many different capacities, until the year 2000.
In 2000, they moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas to be part of Kairos Christian Family Retreat Ministry and also worked at the Great Passion Play for 10 years. Here he was a member of the First Christian Church, serving as an elder.
In 2016, he and Doris moved to Sterling, Kansas until 2019, when they made their final home in Anthony, Kansas. They became members of the Anthony Christian Church.
Bob was a fan of sports. He was an avid golfer and loved spending time on the greens. He enjoyed fishing, even though he wasn't very good at it! He could often be found lost in a book, as reading brought him pleasure.
The most important thing in Bob's life was his family. He was a loving, dedicated husband and father. His grandchildren always put a smile on his face and brought him joy. He was amazed by his great-grandchildren, and thankful that he was able to spend time with them.
On January 6, 2020, Bob passed away at the Anthony Community Care Center at the age of 87 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Darlene Wallis.
Bob will be deeply missed by his wife, Doris; sons, Michael and wife, Carolyn, and Scott and wife, Sherilyn; sister-in-law, Elaine Wallis; brother-in-law, Arnold Wallis; 7 grandchildren: Daniel McPherson and wife, Hope, Kathryn McPherson, Andrew McPherson, Daniel Owens and wife, Ayako, Michael Owens and wife, Micki, Stephen Owens and wife, Susan, Elizabeth Bille and husband, Todd; 14 great-grandchildren: Ezra, Emmett, Connor, Ryan, Leina, Katie, Sarah, Savannah, Christian, Matthew, Dillon, Conoha, Natsuno, and Sachika; other relatives and many friends.
Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. January 18, 2020 at the Christian Church in Anthony, Kansas with Pastor Philip Wilson and Pastor Ed Preston officiating.
Friends may sign the register 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony.
Memorials in memory of Bob, may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or to the Anthony Christian Church, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, is in charge of arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com