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Robert W Jordan, of Springfield MO suffered a heart attack on Monday, December 12. He was 46.
Born June 5, 1965 Bob lived most of his life in the Springfield area, and graduated from Aurora High School in 1983. He attended Baker University and then Southwest Missouri State University graduating with a degree in Socio-Political Communication and Rhetoric. Bob was a member of the Debate team and finished in 3rd place at the National Tournament his senior year.
He married Sara Kay Ballard on August 1, 1987. He is survived by her and two children, Nathaniel Jordan of Coralville, IA and Emily Jordan of Springfield; mother, Patricia Jordan of Brookline; grandmother, Virginia Arnold of Brookline; brother James Jordan of Belchertown, MA.
Bob worked in the Systems office of Meyer Library at Missouri State University. A lifelong interest and love of academic debate prompted him to found PFDebate in 2004. Providing research and information to the high school Public Forum debate community, this second career was his idea of fun. He was an Eagle Scout and could tell many amusing stories about his years spent in Scouting and working at Camp Arrowhead.
In 2000 Bob agreed to assist with the Pershing Middle School soccer team and coached the JV team. His success led to a 6 year run as head coach where his teams won 5 Varsity City Championships (3boys/2girls). Coaching was his gift and he strove to make certain that players both enjoyed and learned from their athletic experience. In 2001 Bob began to administer the Glendale soccer website, a duty he happily continued to perform long after his children left the program. He was a passionate believer in the benefits of sports, rivalries and traditions and he found great satisfaction in his membership in the local soccer community.
Services will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield. Visitation Thursday, 6-8pm, Memorial, Friday 2pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Robert Jordan Memorial Fund may be made at any Empire Bank location or are accepted at Gorman-Scharpf.
Published in the News-Leader on Dec. 15, 2011