Bobby “Bob” Gene Santhuff of Steelville, Missouri was born December 14, 1930, in Redford, Missouri to Jesse L. and Mary M. Goodson Santhuff and passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 18 days.
Bob married Lelah Fowler on October 14, 1950.
Bob served his country in the Korean War Conflict from 1951-1953 as a member of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, also known as the “Rakkasans.” He loved his country and was very proud to be a U.S. Army veteran.
Bob was a born-again Christian and a Deacon of Victory Baptist Church. He served his Lord faithfully his entire life. He had a very long and successful career in the shoe heel industry as both a plant manager and later as a factory owner.
He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. He also enjoyed stock car racing, working on his farm, restoring tractors and automobiles, bluegrass music, and watching his granddaughters participate in all of their sports activities.
Hewas preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Mary Santhuff; father and mother in-law, John and Ruby Fowler; brother, Bill Santhuff; sisters, Shirley (Lyman) Monroe, Lori Lee Anderson, and Barbara Santhuff Kosa; brothers-in-law, Ron Bouse, Arthur Hartrup, Ernest Sullivan, Lee Roy (Anna Ruth) Fowler; and nephews, Randy Sullivan and Kirk Monroe.
He is survived by one, daughter, Connie (Frank) Counts of Steelville, Missouri; two sons, Donald (Gina) Santhuff of Steelville, Missouri and John (Karen) Santhuff of Steelville, Missouri; granddaughters, Olivia Santhuff (Adam Craghead), Amelia Santhuff, Alaina Santhuff, Kim Wallen, Kourtney (Cody) Griffith, and Makenzie (Preston) Griggs; great grandchildren, Addalyn Griggs, Jaxon Griffith, Kyle (Heather) Wallen and Cody (Aleksandra) Wallen; great great granddaughter, Brooklyn Wallen; brother, Ronnie Santhuff; sisters, Dolores (Don) Goad and Joyce Bouse Miller and husband Robert; sisters-in-law, Pat Santhuff, Ruth Hartrup, Berniece Sullivan, Jean Fowler; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Roger Silvey officiating. Brock Bouse shared memories and read the obituary. Special recorded music of “How Great Thou Art,” “Mansion Over the Hilltop” and Precious Lord Take my Hand” was sung by Don and John Santhuff.
Committal prayer and burial with full military honors by the U.S. Army were in the Steelville Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Bob’s granddaughters, Olivia, Amelia, Alaina, Kourtney, Makenzie and Kim. Honorary casket bearers were Ken Halbert and Scott Halbert.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.