Bobby Wayne "Bob" Lombard, age 80, of Wheaton, Mo., passed away Friday, December 15, 2017, at his home.
He was born October 16, 1937 in Garfield, Ark., to Henry and Ansy (Mahurin) Lombard.
On December 21, 1957, he was united in marriage to Sharon "Kay" Stewart, who survives.
Also surviving are one son, Lindy Lombard and his wife, Debbie, of Wheaton; one sister, Linda Belisle, of Neosho, Mo.; two grandsons, Stuart Lombard and his wife, Jessica, and Taylor Lombard, all of Wheaton; three great-grandchildren, Maliah Kay Lombard, Ava Charli Lombard, and Carter Wayne Lombard; along with several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Carrol Lombard; and three sisters, Louise Wilkinson, Idella Trick, and Betty Shockley.
Bob graduated from Wheaton High School in 1955. He began working for his father in the chicken catching business before becoming co-owner of Shockley-Lombard TV Repair in Wheaton. In 1960, he became an agent for MFA insurance, which is now Shelter Insurance. He and his wife, Kay, both retired from the insurance business after 42 years of service.
In 1955, he joined the Wheaton Fire Department where he served actively for 62 years. During this time, he served the department as fire chief for 51 years. He also served as mayor for the City of Wheaton in the early 1970's.
He was a loyal and active member of the Wheaton United Methodist Church since 1959.
He was founding member of the Ozark Gateway Fire Chief's Association and the Barry County Fire Chief's Association, serving as president of both.
He was instrumental in organizing Barry County 911 where he served as an original board member.
Bob also volunteered throughout the years in many organizations including the Wheaton Community Club, Wheaton School Booster Club, Wheaton Senior Citizens, Wheaton Industrial Development Committee, Wheaton Local Housing Authority, and Barry County Meals on Wheels.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 19, at the new Wheaton Fire Station on Highway W under direction of McQueen Funeral Home in Wheaton. Reverend Dan Shelton, Reverend Roger McKee, and Reverend Bob Howard will conduct the services. Burial will be at Muncie Chapel Cemetery in Wheaton. Friends may call after 12 p.m. Monday and the family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Monday at McQueen Funeral Home in Wheaton.
Published on December 17, 2017