Robert Lee “Trapper Bob” Whitworth was born March 5, 1933 in Norborne, Missouri and departed this life on July 6, 2015 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri at the age of 82 years, 4 months and 1 day. He was the son of Alfred and Alta (Gardner) Whitworth, both of whom preceded him in death.
Bob spent his younger years in the Climax Springs, Missouri area, moving to Pleasant Hill in 1952. He proudly served his country in the United States Army.
Bob worked as a final shipper for Continental Disc. He also had worked part time for Pleasant Hill Animal Clinic and for James A. Reed Wildlife Area.
His passion, however, was trapping, so much so, that most people knew him simply as Trapper or Trapper Bob. He was a member of Fur Takers of America and the Missouri Trappers Association. He looked forward every September to attending the Missouri Trapping Association “Rendezvous” where he could visit and trade stories with old friends. He was also instrumental in organizing the Rendezvous “Washer Tournament”, and had won several “Washer Tournament” Awards.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by one son, Robert Lee “Rusty” Whitworth on March 4, 1979.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Alice Ann Lutjen of the home; one son, Darren Hatton; two daughters, Carmen Hatton, and Lisa Mayabb and husband Mike, all of Pleasant Hill; two grandsons, one great grandson, other relatives and many, many friends.
Visitation for Robert Lee “Trapper Bob” Whitworth will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, July 11, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Mr. Mark Lawson officiating.
Casket Bearers will be Jonathan Tucker, Brian Cunningham, Micah Glover, Paul Webb, Kenny Shaw, Bill Shaw and Mark Lawson. Honorary Bearers are Bobby Wilson, Mark Wheeler, Jim Weseloh, Terry Fox, Jeff Goen, Andy Carmack and Tom Clark.
Military Honors will be provided by the United States Army and V.F.W. Post #3118 of Pleasant Hill.