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Robert “Bob” L. Meeker, 85, of Leawood, Kansas passed away July 25th of complications from a stroke. Bob was born in Sabetha, Kansas on March 7, 1935 to Frohman and Laura Meeker.
Bob spent his childhood in Paola and Garnett, Kansas. When asked where he went to school, Bob would respond with humor “Garnett Country Day School” since Garnett is in the country and he attended during the day. He proudly graduated from Garnett High School in 1953 and went on to earn an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas majoring in Political Science in 1957.
From 1958 to 1960, Bob served in the Air Force as a First Lieutenant. He was stationed in New York City as a special agent in the Office of Special Investigations. From this experience, Bob felt Law School beckon so it was back to the University of Kansas Law School. Fond memories were created of close law school classmates and The Law Review of which he was a member.
Bob’s law career started with the Davis Law Firm, then the Prudential Insurance Company, and then the Business Men’s Assurance Company where he spent the major portion of his career. Bob retired from BMA as the General Counsel and Vice President.
Bob was an avid KU fan and member of Delta Chi fraternity. He was a life member of the KU Alumni Association and had season tickets for football and basketball for many years. He was a member of the Missouri Bar Association and a past member of both the NYC Athletic Club and the Lake Quivira Country Club where he enjoyed weekly golf games with his brother Don Meeker.
Golf was a passion for Bob and he designed and patented a golf swing training device with his nephew. After deciding his golfing days were over, Bob enjoyed his workout sessions at Hallbrook Country Club. In addition to golf, Bob’s favorite activities included swimming, especially the beaches at Cape Cod, traveling, and snow skiing.
Music was another talent of Bob’s. He sang through high school, college and later in the Johnson County Choral Group. He loved all music from classical to jazz and theater.
Bob taught Real Estate Investment Law at Johnson County Community College. He loved his teaching days.
Bob Meeker was a true gentle man and thought of fondly by his many friends and acquaintances. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frohman and Laura Meeker, and his brother Don Meeker. He is survived by his wife Pamela, brothers-in-law Richard and Bernard Gore, and a cousin, Chad Clark, who was like a son, plus nieces, Anne Meeker Watson, Donna Crouch Goetz, Maggie Gore, Elizabeth Gore Chezam, and many great nieces and nephews.
He was so thankful for such loving friends who became like family members during his long illness. Doctors Ron and Renee Hartman, David and Nancy Steen, Mary Tearney, Dennis and Carol Smith, Pat Quinn, Judy Rule, and Pat Jones. All were there to support him with prayers and many visits.
Memorial services will be held later on Cape Cod with interment at Island Pond Cemetery in Harwich, Massachusetts. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Leawood Stage Company, ℅ K. Sheek, Treasurer, 2007 West 84th Street, Leawood, KS 66206.Service Information:
Memorial services will be held later on Cape Cod with interment at Island Pond Cemetery in Harwich, Massachusetts. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Leawood Stage Company, ℅ K. Sheek, Treasurer, 2007 West 84th Street, Leawood, KS 66206.
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