Robert Murry Wingate, 88, of Schell City, the youngest son of Ralph Mason and Lorinda Gertrude (Current) Wingate, was born Feb. 27, 1929, in Nevada, and passed from this life at 3:55 a.m., on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the Ellett Memorial Hospital, in Appleton City, Mo.
Bob attended school in Bronaugh, and graduated from high school there in 1939. After high school he began working for A&P Grocery, in Nevada, then entered the United States Army, serving the Aleutian Islands during World War II. After returning from the service Bob again worked for A&P, this time in Kansas City, Mo. It was while living in Kansas City that Bob met Violet Marie Jones at a dance. They were married July 12, 1950. This July they would have celebrated 58 years together. Bob also worked for Kroger grocery, then for Safeway until his retirement from there in the mid-1970s. In 1980, he and Violet moved to Schell City, to be hnear the Schell-Osage Wildlife area because Bob loved to crappie fish, something he learned to do in early boyhood. He and Violet also enjoyed eating out in Nevada. Bob was a member of the Association Grocers Union and was a past member of the Schell City Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife Violet, of the home in Schell City; nephews Bob Wingate, of Rich Hill, Lynford Thorton, of Columbia, Mo., and Dick Thorton, of Bella Vista, Ark.; and cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services for Robert Murry Wingate were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 15, at the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, in Schell City, with brother Tim Brewer officiating. Diane Eslinger and Kelly Davis provided musical selections. Pallbearers were John R. Hoagland, Larry Applegate, Tim Brewer, Russell Morerod, Bud Chandler, and Terry Smith. Interment was in the Antioch Cemetery, in Nevada. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Antioch Cemetery in care of Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home, in Schell City, who was entrusted with arrangements for Mr. Wingate.