Robert R. DeSchepper

14 June, 194230 May, 2020

Robert Remi DeSchepper, also known to his grandchildren as “Papa the Great” passed away peacefully at home on May 30, 2020. Bob was born June 14, 1942. He is preceded in death by his parents, Regina and Charles DeSchepper and a brother, Auggie. Bob leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Sandy (Gulick) DeSchepper and a brother, Ed. He also leaves behind 5 children, Bryan (Jennifer) and Kerri (Greg Robel) and as dad liked to call the next 3, "the second litter", Micah (Meredith), John (Rosemary) and Tim (Rachel). He also leaves behind, 12 grandchildren, the joys of his life: Cason, Anna, Christian, Mark, Izzy, Remi, Vincent, Charlie, Sophia, Colton, Wyatt, and Baby Boy due in July.

Bob grew up in the in the Kansas City Northeast area and attended St. Stephen’s Grade School and Glennon High School. He played football and basketball at St. Mary’s of the Plains College. Bob proudly served his country in the Vietnam War from 1965-1967. He worked as a Propulsion Engineer at TWA/American Airlines for 30 years. This provided the opportunity for him to take his family on many unforgettable vacations around the world.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. He loved the family farm where he fished, hunted, played on the tractors and bulldozers, and watched his kids and grandkids play. He had a passion for flying and purchased his airplane so that he could take all his kids up in it as often as possible.

Bob’s strong faith in the Catholic Church was always a constant comfort and inspiration to him. He was a long time member of Nativity of Mary Parish.

Rest in peace Papa the Great…until we see you again!

The Rosary will be prayed at 5:30pm Thursday, June 4, 2020 followed by visitation until 8pm at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and regulations set in place by state/local government and the Kansas City/St. Joseph Catholic Dioceses, guests will remain outside of the church during the visitation and will be let in to greet the family on a rotating basis. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10am Friday, June 5, 2020 at the church. There will only be a limited amount of people, including family that will be allowed into the church for the Mass because of the restrictions. The Mass will be live streamed on the McGilley Sheil Facebook page, Burial with Military Honors will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nativity of Mary School, 10021 E. 36th Terr., Independence, MO 64052 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,


  • Rosary

    Thursday, 4 June , 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, 4 June , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 5 June , 2020

  • Committal Service

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Eric Michael Rouse

4 September 2020

May God Bless your entire family and Provide them with His Strength, Peace, and Resolve during difficult times.

Mary Margaret Skach

5 June 2020

“Papa the Great” only a Very Loved Man could be given this name!
Bob Loved his family and truly lived up to this name.
He will continue his love and guidance from Above.
May he Rest In Peace.
Mary Margaret and Bob Skach

Jan Green

4 June 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Bob at TWA Building 2 Power Plant. Although I did not know him well, I remember his always friendly greeting and great smile.

It is indeed a small world. His brother, Auggie, was our neighbor. I had no idea Auggie was related to Bob. Auggie was such a wonderful man so it is apparent that kindness, friendship, and being a gentle man runs in the family. Heaven has gained two amazing angels.

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Genie Kuske

3 June 2020

Dear Sandy,
I was saddened to hear about Bob's passing. I know he is sorely missed by you and your family.
I haven't seen you in years, but often think about you, Bryan and Kerri.
May God watch over you and your family.
Genie Kuske

Christine DeMarea

2 June 2020

My parents went to school with Sandy and Bob and as they had kids, we had a chance to play on teams together and co-coach teams. Whenever I saw Bob, he had a big smile ready to cheer on his grandchildren. He was also so kind and happy.

Sandy, Carrie and the family - I am so sorry for your loss. We understand the grief of loosing someone you love so much. Our sweet mom left us on Thursday. We know they are in a better place. Heaven has gained two angels this week.

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