OBITUARY

Richard "Rick" Bobbitt

December 8, 1949March 6, 2020
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Major Richard “Rick” Paul Bobbitt, 70, passed away surrounded by his family on March 6, 2020 at his home in Mesa, Arizona. He was born on December 8, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri to parents Myron Paul and Vera (McCroy) Bobbitt. He married Mary Janet Bobbitt in June 1977 and they had two daughters, Mary Eleanor and Elizabeth. Mary Janet passed away in 1998 and Rick later married Nancy Roney Eggers on May 24, 2008. Although short, their marriage was one of complete bliss, respect, friendship and endearing love. He gained two step-children, Benjamin and Michelle Eggers from this union and later two step-grandchildren Evelyn Mae Eggers and Olivia Grace Alvarez.

Rick’s parents moved to Lebanon, Missouri when he was young and he grew up helping his father on the farm throughout high school. His father, the bank President in Lebanon started young Rick working as a teller when he was in the 7th grade. From then on he grew in his knowledge of banking, graduating from Southwest Baptist College in 1975 in business. After a time working with the IRS in the fraud division he worked at multiple banks in the Kansas City area primarily as a mortgage officer. He later decided to be self-employed and started his career as a real estate appraiser. Soon thereafter he was approached to teach other real estate appraisers, which later prompted him to open Bobbitt and Company, a school which educated and provided continuation education for real estate appraisers. Rick truly enjoyed this time of his life sharing his knowledge with his students and would do whatever it took to assist them to be successful. After moving in 2014 to Mesa, Arizona he became a real estate agent before being requested to work at Chase Bank in Phoenix as a Collateral Underwriter III in 2016.

Bobbitt served in the US Army for 27 years beginning as a buck private, enlisted for 10 years and then as an officer for 17 years, honorably discharged as a Major. He was attached to the Civil Affairs Unit, traveling to Germany frequently to accomplish the mission of NATO in the European Theater. He was ordered to active duty in 1991 in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm and commanded a special operations team attached to the First infantry division. As a part of his time with Desert Storm, he stayed on in Kuwait to help bring civic order to the country. He was honored to be asked to attend the General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas graduating in June of 1993. Throughout his Army career, he was awarded multiple service and achievement medals.

Rick was an extremely proud father of his daughters Mary and Elizabeth and often bragged of the adults they have become. He valued and loved all his four children but also his beloved dogs. His other accomplishments - learning to fly - he loved flying his airplane, traveling all over Europe and the US, and he was most thankful to teach Alpha Bible 101 in church and also as part of Prison Ministry. He shared his faith in Jesus to prisoners in Lansing, Leavenworth and Sacaton Indian Prison in Arizona. He also had a love for all musicals and knew most lyrics to famous Broadway plays and to many he was a “walking encyclopedia”, as he knew so much of most any topic. Rick also loved playing his trombone and was in a jazz band. Most people though will remember him telling his jokes and his wild stories growing up in the Ozarks. Life with Rick Bobbitt was pure enjoyment and he will be sorely missed.

Rick is survived by his wife, Nancy Bobbitt of Mesa, his daughters; Mary Eleanor Bobbitt of London, UK, Elizabeth Bobbitt of Kansas City, MO; step-daughter Michelle (Dominic) Alvarez of Mesa, AZ and step-son Benjamin (Natalie) Eggers of Wenatchee, WA; two step-granddaughters, Evelyn Eggers and Olivia Alvarez; and beloved dog, Sadie. Rick was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Vera Bobbitt, brother, John Bobbitt and his first wife Mary Janet Bobbitt.

A private inurnment will be at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611, or go to Rick Bobbitt Tribute at: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/PFFTribute/RickBobbitt.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Richard "Rick" Bobbitt

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bill williams

April 1, 2020

will miss you very much-we rode to swbc together from Lebanon mo and served in revenue division together. will never forget you. during the revenue days we were in kc mo in the 70's. Last saw him at mother's funeral in Lebanon mo. Rick you will always be special and never be forgotten------bill j Williams & janet c Williams

james bell

March 23, 2020

Rick and I go back to grade school, then cub scouts, band and then jazz band in high school. After high school we went our separate ways. We reconnected at a high school reunion. I also remember running into rick and his two girls on a bike path. Rick, making sure the girls got their exercise and a breath of fresh air.
Rick and I both lived in the Kansas City area and we both enjoyed a beer after work, so we started having "board meetings" every couple of months, often times joined by Mary and Elizabeth. This continued until Rick and his bride moved to Arizona.
Over 60 years of friendship. A good soul who will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, my good friend.

Lawrence McCarthy

March 15, 2020

I’m the guy that assisted Rick Bobbitt to promotion to Captain. MAJ Wightman, our Commander, was “perturbed” that First Lieutenant Bobbitt had been passed over for Captain. I told Rick “if you do everything I ask” you’ll get promoted to Captain. I was a Second Lieutenant at the time. I arranged for him to pose for a photo with a Civil Affairs Branch Insignia on his uniform lapel. We worked together on his correspondence courses for Civil Affairs Advance Course (you had to be 50% complete to be “Officer Basic Course” qualified), and submitted his “packet” to the Promotion Board under the stipulation he could be promoted under an obscure regulation. He had been branched in the Finance Corps because he was in the banking business. He was ultimately promoted to Captain, as a Civil Affairs Officer, and the rest they say, is HISTORY!!

Judy Hohn

March 12, 2020

I first met Rick on the board of the YMCA. Then I was quite surprised and pleased to find that his daughter Mary was a good friend of our daughter Libby at Sion upper school. My favorite memory of Rick is when he volunteered to chaperone the Sion group of girls across Europe. I was thanking him for being a chaperone and he said, "I have moved troops across Europe so I have some experience with this." Of course I had to remind him that military troops were probably more disciplined than teenage girls. All girls returned in one piece. He was always willing to pitch in and give a hand. He had a life well lived.

Suzann (Humphreys) Gladden

March 11, 2020

So sorry to hear of his passing. He was in my class. My sympathies to his family.

Marcia Bennett

March 11, 2020

I worked with Rick at Commercial National Bank in Kansas City, Kansas, at what seems like an eternity ago! He was definitely one of my all time favorites. We shared many laughs and tears as well. I am so happy to see how full his life was. Rest in peace my friend.

Donna Spillane

March 11, 2020

I remember walking into Rick’s appraisal class for the first time. Class had not yet begun, and before I sat in the front row, I shook his hand, introduced myself and said I was from Abilene, Kansas. He immediately started singing the song “Abilene” by George Hamilton IV! He continued to do so each time I entered the classroom.

I never would have made it in the appraisal business without Rick’s encouragement, knowledge and support. When I started my own appraisal business, I must have called him a dozen times a day. As busy as he was, Rick always called me back and responded with incredible patience, guidance and best of all, humor! Rick had more faith in me than I had in myself. As he did in all his students.

I will miss him being just a phone call away to find answers to any appraisal issues I may have no matter how complex, and even after hanging up the phone, still laughing throughout the day remembering our conversation.

I shall remember those conversations fondly and momentarily assuage the sadness in the loss of such a great man.
I’ll miss you, old friend!

Phil Hammons

March 10, 2020

I’m shocked and saddened to hear of Rick’s passing. Through the years, I took many appraisal courses from him, and he truly made it fun to learn! I proudly display a framed course completion certificate for my beloved Maggie (long deceased), a dachshund that Rick encouraged me to bring to class, which I did on many occasions! She and I were always warmly welcomed! Rick was a wonderful person, and I’ll always miss him. I hope Maggie finds him!

Mike Williamson

March 10, 2020

I had known Rick for nearly 20 years. I never missed an opportunity to be in his classes. I told him on several occasions over the years that the State made me come, but it was the quality of his classes and his personal stories that kept me coming back. I have always considered him a personal friend as well as a mentor. I have thought often of him lately and didn’t know why. Now I know, I’ll miss you old friend...

Wes St. Clair

March 10, 2020

Rick was an outstanding loan officer at The Southgate Bank. Always looking for new services to provide to our clients. He helped many businesses grow and be successful. Plus Rick was a wonderful person.
My sympathies are extended to his family.
Wes St. Clair

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