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Robert W. Bosworth, Navy Sailor and Track Star, Dies at 89

Bosworth made Kirkwood his home for 40 years.

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Family

Bosworth, Robert W., found the peace he longed for on June 9, 2012 after 89 years and his struggle with dementia. He now joins the loves of his life, Sally Bosworth (nee Lerew), his wife of 55 years, and Jeanne Bosworth (nee Leavens), his wife of seven years.

Bob leaves behind his children, Mike Bosworth (Jackie), Portland OR, Rick Bosworth (Diann) Des Peres, MO, Lisa Bosworth Wolfe (Bill) Tulsa, OK and Kim Bosworth McGonagle (Brian) Kirkwood, MO. He also leaves his nine grandchildren, Kelly Seibert (Mike), Jennifer Sinopoli (Alessandro), Andy Bosworth (Lindsay), Aron Bosworth, Travis Wolfe (Marissa), Lindsey Schuster (Todd), Sally Wolfe, Kathleen McGonagle, Erin McGonagle, five great-grandchildren, Hadley and Grant Seibert, Samantha and Brooks Bosworth and and Luca Sinopoli and his nephews Scott (Melody) Bosworth, Dan Bosworth and David Bosworth. Bob’s second family includes his stepsons Art Leavens (Laurel), Ladd Leavens (Nancy), John Leavens (Joan) and Hank Leavens (Kelly).

Life

An avid sportsman, Bob was the Missouri State Champion Wrestler in 1941 and held the track record for the mile, 4:16, at Mizzou for many years. Later in his life, he enjoyed golf and tennis and followed his St. Louis sports teams. He proudly served his country with the Navy in WWII, USS Birmingham, Pacific Theatre, surviving the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Returning from the war, he completed his track career and Electrical Engineering degree at Mizzou on the GI bill.

He met Sally and they soon married and started a family. Bob and Sally moved, with their growing family, throughout the Midwest with his job as a sales manager for Honeywell and finally settled in where they raised their children and lived for 40 years. Bob lost Sally in 2001 and, at the age of 80, he remarried his longtime friend, Jeanne Leavens. They lived in Pinehurst, NC, for five wonderful years and then returned to St. Louis to be close to family.

Bob was outgoing, quick to smile and had a sharp wit. He loved music, reading and was a true and loyal friend to many through his life. Our heartfelt thanks go to the staff at Meramec Bluffs who loved and cared for him. He will be dearly missed.

Visitation

Visitation Wednesday, June 27, 5 p.m., until time of Memorial service beginning at 6 p.m. at . Memorial donations may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132 or visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.

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