Mr. Robert B. Nilges, 89, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Friday March 6, 2020 at Capital Region Medical Center.
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He was born on January 18, 1931 in St. Louis County, Mo. a son of James Roy Nilges, Sr. and Lillie T. Spaete. Bob graduated from high school in Chester, Illinois and went on to attend Jefferson City Junior College. Immediately following college, Bob enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. While stationed in Washington D.C., Bob met Janet Ruth Andresen who he married on April 24, 1953 in Washington D.C. He continued to proudly serve his country until he was honorably discharged in January 1955.
Following his military service, Bob was employed with the Missouri Highway Department for over 40 years.
He was a past member of the First United Methodist Church and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 2693.
Bob loved to be outside, whether it was doing yard work, feeding and watching the birds or taking his dog for a walk, he was happy to be outdoors. He and his wife owned a cabin at the lake of the Ozarks which has been the setting of many fond memories for the whole family over the years. Bob was reliable and caring, he was willing to help in any way he was able and rarely used the word “no”. He was a very skilled bowler, enjoyed countless trips to Vegas, and was quite handy. Bob was a man with a big heart who always gave the very best of himself.
Survivors include: son, James Nilges of Jefferson City; grandchildren, Jason Nilges, Leslie Nilges (Dustin Black), Jimmy Nilges (Stephanie), and Chance Nilges; great-grandchildren, Yasanja, Deacon, Jayla, Dalton, Declan and Ryland; sister, Mary Ann Utterback of New Hampton, Iowa; his beloved dog, Lil Lady; and numerous extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janet on August 24, 2004; son, Rick Nilges on October 18, 2001; brother, Junior Nilges; and brother-in-law, James Andresen.
Private family services will be held at the Mausoleum of Riverview Cemetery with the Reverend Jeannie Martin Dudenhoeffer officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Jefferson City Animal Shelter or the DAV.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.