OBITUARY

Robert Nichols Shiflet

March 18, 1941April 16, 2020

Robert (Bob) Shiflet passed away April 16, 2020, after a short but terrifying battle with Covid-19. He was 79.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Ruth Ann Shiflet; his three amazing daughters, Renee Shiflet (Josh) Jeffryes, Becky Shiflet (Jack) Soeder, and Robin Shiflet; his six wonderful grandchildren, Wesley Shiflet, Alexis Jeffryes, Brenden Jeffryes, Anna Soeder, Adelyn Soeder, and Christopher Jeffryes; his nieces and nephew Christin Hardgrave Price, Steve Hardgrave, Adin Gee Pace, Dani Gee Gambill, and Rachel Jane Rowe; and 15 great- and grand-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Delmar and Aleise Shiflet, and his sisters, Carolyn Shiflet and Barbara Hyman.

Bob was a biochemist with Sigma Chemical Company for 37 years before retiring in 2006. He loved spending time with his family.

He loved music, and passed that talent to his kids. He played clarinet with the Compton Heights Band and sang bass in the church choir for many decades. He was an important part of the music ministry at First Baptist Church of Ferguson.

In the 1980s he ran several marathons, including a 50-mile ultra marathon. He loved to bowl. He loved watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

The family will have a private burial service due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Cornelia Leitch

June 2, 2020

Hello, I have just received word about Bobby's passing. I grew up with Bobby and was just thinking about him a few weeks ago. I have wonderful memories of fun times we had as teenagers. I know you will miss him and all that he did. I am glad to see that he continued to love music. I have recently found a photo of us, going to a dance. We were probably still in High School.
Keeping all of your family in my prayers.

Cornelia Atwood Leitch

Katherine & Harry SWANGER

April 23, 2020

Our most sincere condolences to Bob's family. Bob was a long-time member of the Compton Heights Band's clarinet section. We always knew that if some task needed to be completed and Bob was available, it would be done - and always with a smile or a grin! He was a regular and enthusiastic volunteer at the Band's charity bingo. When he "retired" from the Band (and bingo!), we continued to have a Shiflet in our midst, Bob's very talented daughter, Becky, also a clarinetist. He was also a "cheerleader" for the Band, inviting friends and other family members to join him and Ruth Ann in attending concerts. Bob will definitely be missed.

Carole Hawkins

April 22, 2020

My prayers to Becky & family. I always got a bit kick out of Bob. He was entertaining in a quiet sort of way. Always had a smile. Will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Ruth Bailey

April 21, 2020

It's with a heavy heart that I send my condolences. Bob was my good friend in the Compton Heights Band. I was so sad to learn of his passing. May good memories sustain you through this difficult time. Peace.

John & Donna Meyer

April 21, 2020

I enjoyed working with Bob, and we both enjoyed him sharing his music with us. He was a great guy. Our condolences to the family on your loss.

Debbie Rupkey

April 20, 2020

It was always a pleasure working with Bob. He was such a sweet man and I will always remember him. May God bless his family and give them comfort and peace.

Hugh Smith

April 20, 2020


My memories of Bob was his joy of the clarinet and sharing his love of music playing with the Compton Heights Band. He created an atmosphere of calm that soothed the nerves of those around him. At least it did that for me. I will miss his smile as I turned to finish a song we together brought to life. That’s my truest memory. Having Bob there made me feel like I was coming back home. My deepest condolences to you Becky and family and to those who will always treasure and remember the presence of a man whose kindness and gentle giving spirit made us all feel at home.
My fond and grateful memories of Mr. Robert Nichols Shiflet will never be forgotten.
The music of his legacy will forever live on.

Sincerely yours,
Hugh Kash Smith

John Dorsey

April 19, 2020

Pat and I met Bob only a few times in Kansas. He was a person that makes an impression the first time you meet him. We could tell he loved his family and they loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the peace of Christ be with you today and every day.

Patty Wiesehan

April 19, 2020

I worked with Bob at Sigma for many years. I have many fond memories of league bowling with him! My thoughts and prayers are with you Ruth and the rest of the family.

Darrell Pitt

April 18, 2020

Singing in the choir in the bass section I often felt it was my calling to say or do something to make Bob laugh or even break up. At first he would just turn his face toward me and give me a look that I and all others there knew was saying, "Are you nuts?" But with time I was finally able to accomplish breaking up Bob and Gary McCullough at the same time. They knew I loved them and I was willing and able to be a fool to somehow let them know I loved them and was honored to be with them worshiping God with song. Now, I miss you both. One of these days we will be doing it with all our brothers and sisters watching our Heavenly Father tapping His foot and smiling. And even I will sound good! Miss you. Darrell Pitt

FROM THE FAMILY