Robert Villa

Robert Villa

Sunday, December 26th, 1937 - Friday, October 25th, 2019
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Master Sergeant Robert Villa USAF, retired, 81, of Holts Summit, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 25, 2019. He received his last rites at Cox Medical Center in Branson.

He was born on December 26, 1937 in Buckeye, AZ a son of the late Robert and Belin (Martinez) Villa. He was married in April 1975 in Tucson, AZ to Sondra Hodson.

Robert graduated from Santa Ana High School and received his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Lincoln University. He worked at public schools throughout Central Missouri. He also worked for the Jefferson City News Tribune for close to 15 years, and retired from the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Robert enlisted in the United States Air Force on April 1st and proudly served his country for 23 years. (1957-1980) He served at multiple duty locations, stateside and overseas and earned numerous awards.

Robert’s interests included air shows, classic cars, steam locomotives and he participated in classic car shows. He enjoyed watching old western movies, Cardinals Baseball, telling “dad jokes” and reading history.

Survivors include: his wife of 44 years, Sondra Villa; his children, Gary Villa (Patti), Shiralee Beck (Wes), Sheila Heather, Brian Villa and Sherri Holland; his grandchildren, Amber Gann (Mike), Kyle Heather, Misty Beck (fiancé, Josh Hankins), Olivia Holland and Eva Holland; great-grandchildren, Brogan and Hunter; his sisters, Eva Alvarez and Juanita Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert was also preceded in death by: four sisters; one brother; and a son-in-law, Kelley Heather.

Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 12:00 until 2:00 pm Thursday October 31, 2019. A Celebration of Robert’s Life will be held at 2:00pm Thursday in the Freeman Chapel. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be given to the Central Missouri Honor Flight.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 2:00pm
    Freeman Chapel
    915 Madison Street
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  • Interment

    Hawthorn Memorial Gardens
    4205 Horner Road
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Debbie Funk

Posted at 05:26pm
Sondra and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Robert passing. Several years ago, Sara and Andy spent quite a bit of time with you before/after school and in the summers. You and Robert cared for the kids as if they were your own. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Funk Family

Linda Anderson

Posted at 04:42pm
Uncle Robert was such awarm,loving man! He was so good to our family.We visit one time in Arizona and had a blast!He took us to Mexico and we loved it!And he started my lifelong love for tamales after he made them for us..I hate that I haven't kept in touch.He was loved ,respected and adored.My deepest sympathies.Linda Walters Anderson

Lori Lawrence

Posted at 03:09pm
Our deepest sympathy. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. The Lawrence Family

Chief Villa

Posted at 01:36am
He was a great uncle we had fun before he was married. I will miss him forever. I never called him uncle to me he was Bobby. He'd like to talk about Western movies except I wasn't born back then. I'd tell him I don't remember cuz I wasn't born then. I was also from Santa Ana California I moved around now I live in Missouri not too far I'm already passed away. I will miss you tio. .. PS I don't have a v on my forehead. Slang chief Villa❤😢 I'm sorry you are lost a great dad and her husband brother and uncle

Libby Shivers

Posted at 06:54pm
Sondra - I am so sorry to hear of your husband's death. I am sending prayers of courage your way. Please take care of yourself.

Libby Shivers

Betty Fast Posted at 08:45pm

So sorry to hear of Robert's death. Your family will be in our prayers. Dan and Betty Fast

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