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Robert A. "Bob" Drury, 81, passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at his home in San Antonio.
He was born April 3, 1932, in Kelso, Mo., to Lambert C. and Lorraine Dohogne Drury. He attended St. Augustine Grade School in Kelso, and graduated from St. Mary's High School (now Notre Dame Regional High School) in Cape Girardeau. Bob is best known as co-founder of Drury Hotels and his tireless dedication to his faith, community, family and business.
Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956.
Survivors include his wife, Maria del Carmen Armendariz; a son, Richard G. (ReBeca) Drury; two daughters, Kathryn G. Drury and Julie A. (Bruce) Williams; three stepsons, Richard (Shannon) Armendariz, David (Marisol) Armendariz and Daniel (Megan) Armendariz; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles L. (Shirley) Drury and Jerry M. (Katie) Drury; two sisters, Nancy (David) Pfeiffer and Victoria (Ted) Hahn; a brother-in-law, Donnie (Wilma) Heisserer; four sisters-in-law, Rita M. Drury, Mona (Joe) Nenninger, Carolyn (Bill) Bohnert and Charlene Alvarado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by Anna Rose Heisserer Drury, his wife of 45 years; his parents, Lambert C. and Lorraine Drury; two brothers, Thomas Drury and James L. Drury; two sisters, Patricia Schlosser and Mary Jane Jansen Ford; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Davis.
In addition to his business interests, Bob was dedicated to his faith and community. Over the years Bob worked to improve the lives of the less fortunate, directly and indirectly through a variety of charitable organizations. Bob and Carmen recently received the Lifetime Faith and Services Award from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
Bob was a member of American Presidents Association, Knights of Columbus Council 1111, and was trustee emeritus of Notre Dame Regional High School Education Fund Foundation.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Notre Dame Regional High School, 265 Notre Dame Drive, Cape Girardeau. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m., with Knights of Columbus rosary immediately following.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Cathedral, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Cathedral Building Fund or Notre Dame Regional High School Education Fund Foundation.
Online condolences may be made at fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.