Robert Joseph Norris, 83, of Chilhowee, Mo., passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, Mo.
Robert was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Nevada, Mo., to Floyd and Elizabeth Taylor Norris. He married Ruby Haner on March 23, 1948, in Bentonville, Ark. Robert was employed by Jack Cooper Transport Company in Kansas City, Mo., and also Cooper Plumbing in Blue Springs as an equipment operator. He retired from Cooper Plumbing in 1989.
He was a member of the Chilhowee Tractor Club and was an avid collector of antique tractors. Robert also enjoyed gardening, making homemade ice cream and playing bluegrass music on his mandolin. He was a member of the Chilhowee Methodist Church.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby; and two brothers, Jack and Keith Norris.
Robert is survived by two daughters, Marsha Gieselman and husband, Ron, of Higginsville, Mo., and Melissa Beebe and husband, Mike, of Lee's Summit; five siblings, Janie Fleweling, Edward Norris, Betty Kent, Taylor Norris and Wanda Knutt; five grandchildren, Anissa Spear and husband, Brad, of Oak Grove, Mo., Matt Noland and wife, Lesley, of Pleasant Hill, Mo., Sallie Baker and husband, Slade, of Warrensburg, Mo., Jessica Stephens and husband, Nick, of Grain Valley, Mo., and Johnnie Beebe of Lee's Summit, Mo.; and seven great-grandchildren, Jamie, Lynn, Katie, Becca, Reed, Jackson, Aiden and Piper.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 15, at Norris Cemetery in Henry County with Brad Spear officiating.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Chilhowee Tractor Club in care of Consalus Funeral Home, 209 S. 2nd Street, Clinton, MO 64735.
Condolences may be shared online at www.ConsalusFuneralHome.com