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Robert L. Elsea, 58 of Greentop, Missouri, died Saturday, June 5, 2010, at his home.
Robert was born December 5, 1951 in Kirksville, Missouri, the son of Robert Dale and Mary Frances (Jones) Elsea. He attended Olive Hill School through the seventh grade, graduated from Brashear High School in 1969, and attended Northeast Missouri State College.
Robert married Kathy Carson on June 20, 1981, at Bethel Community Church.
Besides his wife, Kathy, Robert is survived by their four daughters, Amanda, Jenny and Kimberly of Kirksville and Stephanie of the home; three grandchildren, Justin McKim, Kelsea McKim and Hailey Jordan; one brother, William Lonberger of Greentop; nephews, Todd (Paula) Klingaman of Nevada, Roger (Rachel Deacon) Lonberger of Greentop; a niece, Trudi Almond of Moberly; several great nieces and nephews and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Roger Dale Elsea.
Robert grew up working on the dairy farm south of Willmathsville and he was still operating the dairy as a patron of Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. until the dairy herd was sold in August 2009.
As a youth, Robert was a member of the Busy Bees 4-H Club. He loved dairy farming but had many other interests as time allowed, such as, bowling, hunting, car races, following his daughter’s sports and school activities, and coaching softball. He was active in the Brashear Baseball/Softball Association and enjoyed coaching the Willowbend softball teams.
Attending the First Church of the Nazarene brought comfort and peace during the past year.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, with Danny Harrelson presiding. Interment followed at Maple Hills Cemetery in Kirksville. Pallbearers were Sonny Findling, David Swisher, Bob Witherow, John Konarski, Kenny Crandall and Jack Delaney.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Robert Elsea may be made to Hospice of Northeast Missouri or to the Brashear Baseball/Softball Association. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.