Robert Lee Pence Sr.

January 5, 1937December 26, 2017
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Robert L. Pence, Sr., 80, of Liberty, Indiana passed away unexpectedly at his residence, on Tuesday December 26, 2017.

A Connersville native, Bob was born January 5, 1937 to Francis Darwin and Mary Faye Pence and graduated from Connersville High School in 1956. He retired from Mac Machine and Metal Works after a forty year career as a tool and die specialist. Bob owned and operated the Whitewater Valley Gun Club since 1972 in Liberty, Indiana . He was an avid sportsman, hunter and shooter. He was a member of the United States International Muzzle Loading Team since 1977--traveling the world and brought home the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals numerous times. He broke the World Record in Germany in 2014, becoming the current World Champion. He was a skilled gunsmith making shotguns for himself and others, including percussion and flint shotguns he used in his competitions. He recently won the National Championship in Friendship Indiana. Bob donated several of his trophies to be re-purposed for youth sports. He was a dedicated family man and loved his children and grandchildren.Bob was a member of First Baptist Church in Connersville and a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited and The Shotgun Squad of the United States International Muzzle Loading Team.

Bob is survived by his sisters: Darlene Nye of Nevada and Shirley Fling of California, and his daughters: Sherri Pence Rawson of California and her children Kyle Rawson and Sarah Rawson. Linda Darlene Pence of Liberty, Indiana, and her child Wyatt Pence. His wife’s daughters: Kelly Westerfeld of Metamora and her children Brooke Gronning, Joshua Burch, Jake Burch, Dylan Westerfeld, and Samuel Westerfeld. Rhonda Vickers of Connersville and her children, Ryan Hubbard, Courtney Hubbard, and Matthew Hubbard, and her grandchildren Lila Hubbard, Cameron Hubbard and Kaiden Wright.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce E. Nutty Pence and his children: Yvonne Lee Pence and Robert Lee Pence, Jr.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at First Baptist Church, 1201 N. Grand Avenue, Connersville, Indiana with Pastor Mal Gibson officiating. Interment will follow in Springersville Cemetery. Friends may visit at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday where memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Connersville. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to or scan here:



  • Visitation Wednesday, January 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 3, 2018


  • Interment

Robert Lee Pence Sr.

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Nick Retherford

January 13, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Robert was a good man. My prayers are with your family

Mark Burch

January 10, 2018

Thank you Bob for being such a great friend. Your having introduced me to the shooting sports and to the people who participate is such a great blessing. So fortunate to have known you and hunted, shot and fished with you and just hung out at the campfire listening to music. There will never be another like you and I thank God for your life.

Jeanette Knuckles

January 3, 2018

Heaven gained another Angel. My deepest sympathy to the family. We were all blessed to have met Uncle Bob. Sherri my heart breaks for you and your sisters.

Connie Brown Cochran

January 3, 2018

Prayers for all of Bob's family. I have known Bob it seems like forever. He was a good friend to my family for as little no as I can remember. He will be missed.

Joy Sweatt

January 1, 2018

I have many good memories of Bobby, his sisters, his mom and his dad while growing up down the street from the Pence home. Playing in the woods, swinging on grapevines, catching craw dads and cooking them on their momma's gas stove were some of the many things we got into back in the good old days. Pray blessings and comfort for the whole family! With love, Joy (McClurg) Sweatt

Ron Williams

December 31, 2017

My deepest sympathy, to all of Bob's family. I enjoyed working, hunting, and shooting with Bob for many years. He will be missed!
Ron Williams
Nashville, Indiana

Tena Meece

December 29, 2017

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Tena Meece

December 29, 2017

Travis Bowling

December 29, 2017

Bob was a great man! He was the most accomplished shooter I've ever met . He always had a hunting or shooting story to tell and you couldn't help but listen . I spent a lot Friday night's shooting at his gun club and those are memories I'll never forget . RIP Bob

Christyna Barker

December 28, 2017

My heartfelt sympathy Linda and Sherri and to all your family. Your Dad was such a good and kind man. He was a wonderful neighbor, clearing our driveway of snow in winter out of the kindness of his heart. He was admired and respected by so many. May he rest in the loving arms of Jesus.