Colonel Robert A. “Bob” Morgan, (MOARNG, ret.), age 77 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield, Mo. surrounded by his loving family.
Bob was born on February 9, 1942 in Campbell, Mo., the second son of Hoyt and Paralee Harp Morgan. He was married on July 8, 1960 in Campbell, Mo. to Barbara S. Kirkwood.
He graduated from Campbell High School in 1959 and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. in 1974. During his time in the military, Bob furthered his education through the Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Finance Officer Advance Course, the Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Commander and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Bob enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country for almost 38 years from 1959 until 1997. He served 3 years in the Pentagon and saw duty in 19 countries. The United States Senate confirmed him to be Brigadier General on April 25, 1995, which was read into the U.S. Congressional Record. His numerous military awards included the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster.
He was employed full-time in the Army National Guard for 37 years. He served the last 14 years as Chief of Staff from May 11, 1982 until June 12, 1996. From his years with the Missouri National Guard, Bob is a member of NGAUS (National Guard Association of the United States) and MoNGA (Missouri National Guard Association).
Bob is a member of Concord Baptist Church in Jefferson City and the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5. He has been an active Mason throughout his life being a member of the Jefferson Lodge #43 A.F. & A.M., Valley of St. Louis A.A.S.R., Sword of Bunker Hill, National Sojourners, A.A.O.N.M.S. Moolah Shriner, Moolah Shriner Air Patrol, and the Capital Shrine Club.
One of Bob’s favorite hobbies has been piloting his own aircraft and flying all over the country. A major accomplishment was helping 300 plus kids between ages 8 to 18 obtain their introductory flight making them a Young Eagle. He has donated many hours of flying to get sick children and adults to hospitals for treatment and care they need. Bob has been involved in many flying organizations such as: United States Pilots Association, Missouri Pilots Association, Aircraft Owners Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, Angel Flight Central Life Line Pilots Association, and JEF Quiet Birdman Hangar.
Bob enjoyed flying, marksmanship and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include: his wife, Barbara Morgan; two sons, Robert Brian Morgan (wife Carrie) and Jeffrey Neal Morgan (wife Dana), all of Ozark, Mo.; one sister, Bernice “Booty” Franz (husband Dennis) of Mascoutah, Il.; six grandchildren, Hailey (Morgan) Hale, Jacob Morgan, Colten Morgan, Corbin Morgan, Madison Morgan, and Macy Morgan; and two great-grandsons, Emmett Hale and Elliott Hale.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, William “Bill” Morgan and Thomas “Tommy” Morgan; one sister, Elizabeth (Morgan) Thacker.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 22, 2019 with a Masonic Service to be conducted at 2:15 p.m. under the auspices of Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 23, 2019 at Concord Baptist Church with the Reverend Dr. Monte Shinkle officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors will be held at Riverview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Shiners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.