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Thomas Robert "Bob" Windes


1938 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Thomas Robert "Bob" Windes Obituary
Bob Windes, 75, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Cameron, Mo.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, 816-373-3600. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. before the service at the chapel. Committal will follow at noon at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville.

Bob was born in Kansas City, Mo., on July 8, 1938, to Harry A. Windes and Dorothy (Askey) Windes. He was the eldest of six siblings and is survived by three brothers, Bill, Pat and Mike and two sisters, Ramona and Maribeth. Also left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Charese Windes of Houston, Texas; his wife of thirteen years, Phyllis Mader Windes of Lee's Summit, Mo., and her children: Jill Francis and husband, Freddie, of Raytown, Mo., and Dr. Jared Fortman and wife, Kelly, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; grandchildren, Bailey Fortman-Banks, John Fortman, Henry Fortman, Xavien Francis and Fahryn Francis; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bob was a U.S. Army veteran. He attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. After military service, he served in the Merchant Marine based in Honolulu, where he met Claudette Saathoff. They married and lived in Kansas City, Mo., where Charese was born. They later lived in Anchorage, Alaska, and Boerne, Texas.

Bob was an entrepreneur. At one time he owned the largest commercial janitorial service in south Texas. He was a partner in a woodworking business in Boerne, Texas, providing restaurant accessories. He retired in 2001 from the City of Rio Rancho, N.M., where he was Janitorial Supervisor for the city.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Missouri Veterans Home, 1111 Euclid, Cameron, MO 64429.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.
Published in The Examiner on May 21, 2014
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