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Robert Svoboda

June 22, 1927 — October 17, 2020

Robert Bruce Svoboda, 93, of Lee’s Summit, MO; formerly of St. Louis, MO; Toledo, OH; Ypsilanti, MI; Streator, IL; Tolono, IL; and Clarendon Hills, IL; passed away on the morning of October 17, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Kansas City, MO. Robert was born on June 22, 1927, in Hinsdale, IL, to Charles and Arrena (Sellers) Svoboda. He married Virginia Gertrude Frese in St. Louis, MO, in 1952, and she preceded him in death in 2006. He was also predeceased by two infant sons, John Howard and Glennon Charles; one brother, Howard; two sisters, Beverly (Svoboda) Maves and Virginia; and one granddaughter Kristy Lynne Svoboda. He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen (Odell) Svoboda of Lee’s Summit, MO, whom he married in 2009; four sons, Gregory (Kathleen) of Peoria, IL; Glennon (Connie) of Streator, IL; Charles (LouAnn) of Kingsland, TX; and Anthony (Pam) of Ypsilanti, MI; his stepson David (Jill) Odell of Lee’s Summit, MO; ten grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, three step-grandchildren; one sister Shirley Wincentsen of Modesto , CA; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Robert graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1945. He proudly served his country from 1945-1952 in the Army and later in the Air Force Reserves. While in the Reserves, he attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL, from 1949-1951. He was a Plant Manager at Urbana Pure Milk in Urbana, IL. In 1967, he completed his training at Schiff Scout Reservation in New Jersey to become an executive with the Boys Scouts of America. He worked at the Boy Scout councils in Champaign, IL; Peoria, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; and Toledo, OH. Robert was a true world traveler, visiting all 50 states and all seven continents. He also enjoyed collecting stamps, spending time with this family, and consuming desserts. Never leaving behind his need to serve, he was active in Kiwanis, American Legion, as well as the Friends of the Chicago and Alton RR Depot. One of his special projects in St. Louis was helping to refurbish the Carondelet Historical Society. He continued his love of and dedication to scouting by volunteering in various capacities. Donations in his honor can be made to Friends of Chicago and Alton RR Depot, 318 West Pacific Ave, Independence, MO 64050; Salvation Army of Independence, MO, 14700 E Truman RD, Independence, MO 64050; Prairielands Council BSA, PO Box 6267, Champaign, IL 61826; or Carondelet Historical Society, 6303 Michigan Avenue at Iron, St. Louis, MO 63111.

Services: Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 9:00am until time of mass at 10:00am. Both at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (4092 Blow Street). Inurnment Mt. Olive Cemetery.

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Memorial Visitation

Saturday, June 26, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

4092 Blow St, St. Louis, MO 63116

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Memorial Mass

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

4092 Blow St, St. Louis, MO 63116

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Inurnment

Saturday, June 26, 2021

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