Bobby Lee Stoddard, 64, of Wellsville, passed away at 5:17 P.M., Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at his home, with his family and friends by his side, after a strong and courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, April 19th at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville. Rev. Dale Kirkendoll will officiate. Serving as organist will be Carol Ahern. Soloist will be Phil Ahern.
Burial will be in the Wellsville Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Arens, David Colbert, Wendy Hull, Curtis Peery, Richard Wilson and Bob Yelton. Honorary pallbearers will be Wellsville Fire Department, Van-Far Ambulance District, Rich Daniels, Brenda Hoyt and Bob Stevens.
Visitation will be held from 3:00-8:00 P.M., Thursday, April 18th at the funeral home.
Mr. Stoddard was born January 31, 1949, in Macon, Missouri, a son of Robert Dewayne and Clara Louise Dorr Stoddard.
He was a 1967 graduate of Wellsville-Middletown R-1 High School. He continued his education, completing 3 ½ years at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar.
On April 27, 1974 at the Hopewell Baptist Church, in Wellsville, he married Patricia Sue Clark, sharing over 38 years together. They have lived in their home on West Street since October 30, 1979 and Bobby has lived in Wellsville since 1960.
Bobby went to work for Wellsville IGA Super Save, in August of 1971 as a produce manager. He later became co-manager of the store, working there for 38 ½ years before it closed. Bobby then took EMT classes in Montgomery City in 2007. After completion, he began working for the Van-Far Ambulance district as an EMT in 2009, continuing until a few weeks ago.
He has been a member of the Wellsville Fire Department since 1972, where he became Assistant Fire Chief, volunteering almost 41 years. Bobby was one of the pioneers of the First Responder Program that began in 1992. He had been a member of the Montgomery County Ambulance Board since September 11, 1997. Bobby was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wellsville and also a former member of the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce.
Bobby enjoyed hunting, deer and quail. He also liked fishing, especially crappie.
A true hero and friend to so many, Bobby dedicated his life through the service and commitment he provided to his community. Always giving of his time, he went on countless fire department calls as well as first responder calls. He was always there with a helping hand and so many that knew him will remember the smile he always had. A genuine man will be missed by all.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Patricia Sue Stoddard, of the home in Wellsville; son, Barry Lee Stoddard and girlfriend, Krista Newby, of Columbia; father, Robert Dewayne Stoddard, of Wellsville; brother, Billy Don Stoddard, of Revere; sister-in-law, Ruth Oligschlaeger, of Wellsville; brother-in-law, Robert "Butch" Clark and wife, Jane, of Fulton; in addition to nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Page 2 of 2 - He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Louise Stoddard; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Allen (Benny) and Mary Clark and brother-in-law, Ambrose Oligschlaeger.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department and Wellsville First Baptist Church c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, Missouri 63384.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.myersfuneralhome.biz.