Traxel, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Bob 34, a Broadcast Journalist for the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment with the Missouri National Guard, lost his life, July 2, 2012, while serving on a humanitarian training exercise in Guatemala. He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen (nee Chambers) and children, Joshua, Noah, Jonah and step-daughter Grace Chambers; cherished son of Jay Traxel (Alyce) and Anita Gardner; grandson of Laverne Beeman and the late Alvin Beeman and the late Opal and George Traxel; dearest brother of Ronald Michael Traxel (Heather); step-brother of Tara and Tim Turner; dear uncle, nephew, brother-in-law, son-inlaw, cousin and friend. In addition to the Missouri National Guard and the U.S. Naval Reserves, Robert served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, earning numerous awards including Army Achievement Medal, second award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, with two campaign stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, and the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Robert was a member of Algabil-Freedom Masonic Lodge #636 AF & AM, Moolah Shrine Temple and the Metropolitan Press Club of St. Louis. Services: Funeral from KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd (at Butler Hill) Thursday, July 12, 10am. Interment Midlawn Cemetery, Union, MO. Masonic service Wednesday, 7pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Traxel Childrens Memorial Fund, c/o River Region Credit Union (Attn: Dana Alderman, 3608 West Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65109). Visitation Wednesday 3-9pm.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from July 10 to July 11, 2012