TRANSITION: Robert J. Dole, Feb. 25, 1925 - Dec. 21, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Bob Dole of Berryville passed peacefully from this life on Winter Solstice, December 21 in Fayetteville at age 88. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Bob served his country as a radioman on a US Navy ship during World War II. Returning home safely Bob turned his sparkling wit and considerable talent into a long and successful career as an illustrator and card artist working for Meredith Publishing and for Hallmark Cards. Bob was celebrated for his wacky minimalist drawings and off centered humor. He moved to Eureka Springs in the late 1970's and continued to work from his home near Blue Spring. Soon after arriving here he abandoned his vehicle and could often be seen walking to town along highway 62. A dedicated lover of nature he relished being outside and found joy in every season. In retirement he was successful in helping to establish Ninestone Land Trust, a 400 acre conservation land trust dedicated to preserving the diversity and natural beauty of a piece of the Ozarks that he so dearly loved. Known affectionately as "The Real Bob Dole", he spent his last years taking long walks or sitting comfortably on his front porch for hours and hours with a cat on his lap at "Land's End". To all who knew him he will be remembered as a warm, kind and gracious man. He leaves behind a brother John, in Arizona and a brother Bill, in Texas and many friends who will miss him.