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ROBERT COLLINS WEED


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
ROBERT COLLINS WEED Obituary
Robert C. Weed, 89, died peacefully on February 15, 2014 at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas, completing a long and productive life. Bob was born June 28, 1924 in Columbus, Ohio to the family of Arthur Rice and Florence Collins Weed. He grew up in Ohio, Maryland, and Illinois, graduating from Evanston (Ill.) Township High School. He attended Washington and Jefferson College for one year before enlisting in the US Navy to serve during World War II. Following his Honorable Discharge, Bob attended and graduated from DePauw University, affiliating with Delta Tau Delta fraternity and playing trombone in various bands and orchestras. At DePauw, Bob met Helen Marguerite "Maggie" Sipes from Lebanon, Indiana, and they were married on August 29, 1948, settling in Chicago. They welcomed two children into the world as Bob began his career with the Kemper Insurance Company. They later relocated to Kansas City for Bob to become a field sales rep with Kemper. After several years in Kansas City and the birth of their third child, Bob joined United Agencies as COO and General Partner. In 1971, Bob broke out on his own to form Weed Insurance Counsel, which he continued to expand and operate until selling to the Sloan Agency in preparation for retirement. During his long insurance career, Bob was active in the local and state agents' associations, becoming President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Kansas City and then of the Missouri Agents Association. Eventually he became National Secretary of the Professional Insurance Agents' and served as a National Director for 15 years. He was dedicated to helping lead and promote the insurance industry and cultivated a wide circle of friends and professional contacts. Bob and Maggie chose to make Prairie Village their home in the Kansas City area in 1954 and within a few years moved to the house on 68th Street where they would live for nearly fifty years. They loved their neighbors and their neighborhood, and it was a great place to raise a family. Bob was always one of the most enthusiastic celebrants in the annual Fourth of July parade, with his propeller hat and Budweiser shirt. In their later years on 68th, Maggie surprised Bob by arranging for the Marching Cobras to parade up the street in celebration of his 80th birthday. Bob was continuously involved in civic and service activities and always was dedicated to the greater good of the community. His volunteer activities included being a baseball coach, PTA officer, church school teacher, and Boy Scout leader. Bob served on the Prairie Village City Council and was active in the Kansas Republican Party. He enjoyed playing tennis at Homestead Country Club, where he took a turn as President. He was active Optimist International, serving as President of the MidTown Optimist Club. He later found joy in Rotary International, including travel overseas for Habitat For Humanity work projects. He worked at the ReStore and personally helped fledgling businesses and underprivileged individuals. Bob was active in the Village Presbyterian Church, where he served in several positions including Elder, Deacon, and Trustee, as well as various Presbytery Standing Committees, all as a testimony to his faith. He loved to sing and was an active member of the Village Church Choir. In later years, he volunteered in the Village Food Pantry. Bob loved to meet his many friends for lunch or a game of golf. Bob and Maggie's great love was entertaining guests in their home. They shared a love for the Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City arts community, especially jazz music. He was a serious reader, yet he could always be counted on for a great story, a corny joke, or a silly song. In January 2008, Bob and Maggie move from 68th Street to Lakeview Village in Lenexa. Ever the enthusiastic volunteer, Bob found a new hobby with the Lakeview television station. They made wonderful new friends and continued to socialize and entertain, while Bob kept up the golf outings and remained a formidable competitor at the bridge table. He lived his final days at Lakeview and was cared for wonderfully by the staff of Lakeview Care Center and of Compassionate Care Hospice. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sister Elizabeth Weed Johnson (Howard) of Boston. He is survived by his wife Maggie; daughter Susan (Terry Doolittle) of Chicago and Lees Summit; and sons Tom (Janet Tulloch) of Salt Lake City and Andy (Mary) of Mission Hills; also survived by Andy and Mary's daughters Tierney Weed of Kansas City and Elaine Weed of Chicago, Tom and Janet's daughter Natalie Weed, and Susan and Terry's sons and daughter and families. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Bob's many caring friends who remained steadfastly by his side through his final months. Bob will be missed, especially by his family, who will remember him as a great provider, husband, and father. Bob leaves a legacy of loyalty, commitment, industry, integrity, generosity, and an extraordinary sense of humor. There will be a celebration of Bob's life on Thursday February 20, 2014 at 11 AM at the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road in Prairie Village, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bob's honor to the Village Church or the Lakeview Village Foundation. (Arr: Cremation Society of KS & MO, 8837 Roe, Prairie Village, KS 66207; 913-383-9888) C
Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 20, 2014
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