Robert E. McDermott
1934 - 2021
BORN
January 2, 1934
DIED
February 20, 2021
Robert E. McDermott
January 2, 1934 - February 20, 2021
Independence, Missouri - Robert Eugene McDermott, 87 of Independence, MO passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021 at St. Luke's East Hospital in Lee's Summit, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 27, 2021 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 600 N. Liberty St., Independence, MO 64050. Burial with full military honors will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 10:00 a.m., until service time Saturday at the church. Donation may be made in his name to the Bright Futures Fund P.O. Box 419037
Kansas City, MO 64141. Robert was born January 2, 1934 in Brewer, MO to Thomas Joseph and Sylvia (Grass) McDermott and spent his early life there graduating from St. Vincent High School in Perryville, MO. He enlisted in the Army and proudly served during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Hawaii and was manager of the Army Swim Team. Upon discharge from the Army he relocated to Independence, MO and owned and operated McDermott Moving Company until he sold the business in early 2000 but continued to work there until he retired in 2020. He enjoyed traveling, keeping up his pool and yard and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Independence Planning Commission, St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus at the church. Survivors include; a son, Thomas McDermott and wife Kellie; a daughter, Maureen Lathrom and husband Joe; a sister, Carolyn Kruth; 6 grandchildren, Erin Gregory and husband Philip, Kelli Gervy, Jared Lathrom and wife Ashlyn, Kirstie McDermott and fiancé, Tegrey Moot, Tanner McDermott and Blake McDermott and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Linda in 2017, a son Patrick McDermott and 11 brothers and sisters. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel (816) 373-3600)



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Published by Kansas City Star on Feb. 24, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Feb
27
Visitation
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St. Mary's Catholic Church
600 N. Liberty St, Independence, Missouri
Feb
27
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00a.m.
St. Mary's Catholic Church
600 N. Liberty St, Independence, Missouri
Funeral services provided by:
Speaks Suburban Chapel
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So very sorry for this family loss-peace be with all.
Karen White
February 27, 2021
My wife Cheri and I met Mr McDermott and Pepper at Ophelias, he would be at a table across from our booth. On Friday nights Pepper and he would come and we would have great conversations about Hawaii and the places that he had been. He was there almost every Friday unless he was on a vacation. When he would come back we shared his pictures and stories it was great. If we missed a Friday night the next Friday we were there he would ask where had been. We tried to make sure that we were there on Friday nights if at possible for our Dinner partner. Bob McDermott or Mr McDermott as we called him will be truly missed as well as not seeing Pepper. Our prayers go out for his family, he touched many lives.
Russell Bronson
February 27, 2021
Maureen, Tommie and family:
I have so many good memories of Bob and your family! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Ron Hennessey Keller, TX
Friend
February 26, 2021
Mark Whitlow
February 26, 2021
I have had the pleasure knowing Mr. Dermott, his belated wife, and of course Pepper for many years through Ophelia´s Restaurant and Inn. Every Friday we would see his smiling face, at the same table, ready for dinner and a good conversation. I will miss the photos of his adventures and feeding Pepper sliced cheese. I will miss our shared laughs. Prayers to the loved ones. He was an outstanding gentleman and will be missed.
Kari Knefelkamp
February 24, 2021
Please accept our deepest condolences on Bob's passing. My wife and I had the good fortune to become his friends a few years ago at Englewood Cafe on Sunday mornings. Bob was such a wonderful, caring man and a true gentleman in every sense of the word.We'll miss his gentle humor, his open smile, and all the stories about Pepper. Please take comfort in all of your wonderful memories with him and you will never really be without him.
Robert & Betty Covey
February 24, 2021