Military veteran

MSG Jerry A. Bobe, 67, was born to George and Beatrice Angulo Bobe on June 12, 1944. He went to be with the Lord on January 29, 2012, after a long battle with cancer.

Jerry was preceded in death by both of his parents; his wife, Franny; and an older brother, George.

He is survived by four children, Jerry Bobe, Cindy Bobe and Maria Ryan, all of Houston, Mo., and Debbi McKeon of Allentown, Pa.; two brothers, Alfred Bobe of Lebanon, Mo., and Dennis Bobe of Long Island, N.Y.; two sisters, Theresa DeSanto of Boulder City, Nev., and Carol Cuccinello of Sandy Hook, Conn.; and nine grandchildren.

He grew up in New York City and joined the United States Army at an early age. He was then united in marriage to Francis Pennino on July 17, 1965, and to this union four children were born. Jerry faithfully served his country for 21 years, receiving many decorations, medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons. These include: the Bronze Star medal, the Meritorious Service medal, the Army Commendation medal, the National Defense Service medal, the Good Conduct medal, and a pending Purple Heart. Jerry also received the Seventh Army Service ribbon, (2) Overseas Service ribbons, (2) NCO Professional Development ribbons, a Drill Sergeant Identification badge, a Vietnam Service medal, a Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal, a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, (5) Overseas Service Bars, a Valorous Unit Award and many more.

Jerry retired from the military service in 1983 after being told he had cancer and only three months to live. He spent a short time in Missouri and then relocated to New Jersey for 13 years. In 1998, he was led by the Lord to move back to Houston, Mo., with his family. He served as the warehouse manager for Newborns in Need and also worked at A1 Gun and Pawn Shop.

He will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home with Brother Fred Bobe officiating. Burial with full military honors was at Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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