Norman Robert Sr.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Norman Andrew "Scobie" Robert Sr., 83, of Cape Girardeau died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Jan. 26, 1924, son of Alphonse and Clara Schlitt Robert. He and Virginia Lee Recker were married in 1943. She preceded him in death. He and Patsy Hurst Howard were married March 19, 1976.

Scobie was actively involved in many civic organizations including Missouri Jaycees where he served as vice president, and Cape Girardeau Jaycees where he served as president and received the state award for Outstanding Local President. The Jaycees awarded him Key Man of the Year and Spark Plug.

Scobie led several major projects in Cape Girardeau, including the development of Jaycees Golf Course and the building of Capaha Pool. He was employed by Oliver Corp. 20 years and most recently was co-owner of Kagmo Electric Motor Co., retiring in 1984.

He graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1942. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943, and served as a corporal during World War II.

Scobie was a member of American Legion Post 63, VFW Post 3838 and Knights of Columbus Council 1111. He was also chairman of the Golden Gloves Boxing Club, and charter member of Kimbeland Country Club. He was past president of Friends of Old St. Vincent's and deeply involved in the restoration of Old St. Vincent's Catholic Church.

Scobie's greatest loves were his family and golf. In June of this year at the age of 83, he shot his second hole-in-one at Kimbeland Country Club. Although he was very proud of this accomplishment, it could not compare to the pride that he felt at the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Scobie is survived by his wife, Patsy; three sons, Norman (Janet) Robert Jr., Steven (Mary) Robert, and Mike (Kristi) Howard; and a daughter, Kathy Howard (Daryel) Carter.

He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Andy, Carrie and Justin Robert; Elizabeth Boston, Shea Siesener and Jennifer Robert; Patrick, Colin and Clayton Carter; B.I. and Kaci Howard; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Scobie was a friend to everyone he met and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Old St. Vincent's Church. Parish prayers will be at 7.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer, the Rev. Patrick Nwokoye, the Rev. James Seyer and Monsignor Richard Rolwing officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, with full military rites provided by Missouri Honors Team.

Memorials may be made to Southeast Hospice, 10 Doctors Park, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63703, or Old St. Vincent de Paul Church, c/o St. Mary's Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63703.