January 19, 1949 - December 12, 2008
Master Chidiock is survived by his lady wife, Mistress Hertha Blair of Froggestow.
OBITUARY for ROBERT S. LAUDERDALE
ROBERT (Bob) STEVEN LAUDERDALE 59, of Independence, MO, (born January 19, 1949) died on December 12, 2008 of Myocardial Infarction & Diabetes Mellitus Type II.
Bob is survived by his wife, Roberta (Bert) Ruth Lauderdale, his brother George Washington Lauderdale IV, of Stover, MO, niece Leigh Anne Lauderdale Taylor, her husband Brent William, and their son Hayden Marks (2 years) and daughter Leighton Abigail (5 months) of Kansas City, MO, step-daughter Roberta (Bobbie Lou) Lois Comstock of Anchorage, AK, brother-in-law Carl Andrew Gallagher and his wife Linda, nephew Robert Andrew Gallagher, his wife Tammy, and their son Caden Andrew (2 years), nephew Michael Whitney Gallagher and his fiancÚ Tanya Casteel, brother-in-law Robert Frank Gallagher of Thornton, CO, niece Macy Ella Ashby of Minneapolis, MN, sister-in-law Frances (Frankie) Lee (Gallagher) Ramirez, her husband Oscar, their daughter Hannah and son Oscar Andrew (Andy), of Thornton, CO, sister-in-law Stacie (Gallagher) Bebber, her husband David (Dave), and their sons Devin and Kyle, od Edmund, OK, plus numerous cousins and their families on both sides. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, George Washington Lauderdale III (d. 1995) and Margaret Virginia (Crabtree) Lauderdale (d. 2007), step-son Charles (Chuck) Wade Comstock of Valdez, AK, (d. 2000), and sister-in-law Ella Bell Gallagher of Avon, CO, (d. 2001).
WE WILL CELEBRATE BOB'S LIFE on January 19, 2009
(his 60th birthday) from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the
Junior Service League clubhouse, 3122 S. Noland
Rd, Independence, MO. Wear comfortable clothing;
historic garb is welcome. Mementos, pictures and
stories of Bob will be on display. If you have
stories or pictures to contribute or lend, please
contact a family member. Bob's biographical
DONATIONS In Memory of Robert Steven Lauderdale may be made to:
Both items Submitted by: Roberta R. Lauderdale, wife, 8 Jan 09.
A Brief Biography of ROBERT (Bob) STEVEN LAUDERDALE 59, of Independence, MO, (born January 19, 1949) died on December 12, 2008 of Myocardial Infarction and Diabetes Mellitus Type II.
Bob (Bobby to his parents and brother) was born in Independence to George Washington Lauderdale III and his wife Margaret Virginia (Crabtree) on January 19, 1949. He and his older brother George grew up in Independence, MO. Both were in Cub Scouts. The family spent many happy summers and weekends at a cabin, and later the house their Dad built on that site, at the Lake of the Ozarks. There the boys learned to fish, swim, boat, shoot and appreciate the out-of-doors.
Bob always loved to read; especially reading (and watching) science fiction (in his words) since the days you could see the wires on the spaceships." His literary interests also extended to fantasy, mystery, poetry, history, politics and humor. He wrote poetry, developed a keen sense of humor and made a habit of atrocious puns!
Bob started high school as a freshman at William Chrisman School, then transferred to the newly dedicated Truman High School. He played trombone in high school band. In his senior year, he managed the THS Patriots football team and was selected as Mister School Spirit. He graduated from Truman in 1967.
Bob was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology at the University of Missouri/Columbia in 1971. He remained an avid Mizzou football and basketball fan throughout his life. After graduation, he worked for a year in Lincoln, NE, in Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), a national service program designed to fight poverty. For the next 28 years Bob was a career employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA), beginning in field offices in Hays, KS, and Kansas City, MO, but mostly doing quality assurance analysis in the KC, MO, Regional Office of SSA. His wife worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers as a park ranger, ecologist, and water resources planner for 23 years, retiring in 1995. Bob joined her in retirement in September 2000. Above and beyond his people-oriented career, Bob's sensitivity to the problems and needs of others, innate kindness, and generosity were widely known and appreciated, by family, friends, cyber-friends and strangers.
During their 27 years together Bob and Bert traveled extensively in the USA, gardened, and shared many literary, musical, cinematic, social and culinary adventures, in addition to maintaining their respective individual interests. Both were active in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a non-profit organization that studies and recreates selected historical activities of the Medieval and Renaissance eras. In the SCA, he was known as Master Chidiock the Younger. (She is Mistress Hertha Blair of Froggestow.) The couple often attended SCA wars and other large events. Bob participated in archery and armored combat (on foot), taught classes, wrote poetry and filk (putting new words to an existing melody) songs, sang, held several offices at various levels of the organization, and received many honors and awards, the highest being the Order of the Pelican, which equates to a Knighthood for Service to the SCA. His SCA family includes many whom he loved, mentored and admired.
Bob discovered the Role Playing Gamers Association (RPGA) through SCA friends, becoming a regular player of Dungeons & Dragons ((D&D, and variations thereof) and frequenting gaming conventions near and far. He was a Master Gamer, wrote several game modules, and devised many unique characters.
Although Bob never had children of his own, he delighted in them and, in addition to the children in the family, had many surrogates in the SCA. For a number of years, he and his wife have sponsored two children through Children International: Jessica in Guatemala and Jeremy in the USA. Bert is continuing the sponsorships.
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