We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Phillips Funeral Home
Robert E. “Bob” Hurtubise, 85, of Columbia, Missouri formally of Eldon, Missouri passed away
Sunday, June 26, 2022, at his home in Columbia, Missouri. He was born December 25, 1936, in
Eldon, Missouri the son of the late Phillip and Dorotha (Baucom) Hurtubise. On May 15, 1957, in
Eldon, Missouri he was united in marriage to Roberta “Bobbie” Hurtubise who survives, just
recently celebrating 65 years together.
Robert joined the United States Navy in August 1954 at the age of 17 and retired in November
1973, serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After his retirement from the military, he
returned to Eldon where he became a police officer and served as the Chief of Police at Lake
Ozark, MO (1987-1994) and then in Eldon, MO (1978-1987; 1994-2005) where he finally retired in
2005. He loved both of his jobs and “Oh” the stories he could tell, both the good and the bad. One
word to describe Bob was that he was very opinionated.
He and his wife, Bobbie moved to Columbia, MO to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law,
Robin & John Calfee and two granddaughters, Sierra & Katy whom he was very proud of. Also
surviving him are three sisters, Patty Pope, Mary Jane Stark & Phebe Avey. Robert will be
terribly missed by his family.
Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Phil and Roger Hurtubise.
Graveside services will be held at the Eldon City Cemetery with Full Military Honors on Friday,
July 15, 2022, at 1 pm. A memorial ceremony will be held in Columbia, MO on Saturday, July 23
at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 301 W. Smiley Lane Columbia, MO 65202 at 1 pm.
“Here he lies where he longed to be; home is the sailor, home from the sea, and the hunter home
from the hill.”
“My only one, my only one, my love”
In lieu of flowers or donations, please send memorials in Bobbie Hurtubise’s name to JW.org
Service arrangements are under the direction and care of Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO.
My grandpa loves to talk about the navy, of what I remember ever since I was a baby.
My grandma says he is quite contrary
but he’s served his time in the military.
In his old age he is a stubborn mule (metaphor)
in his younger years he caused trouble in school.
Before his retirement he was Chief of Police
and helped keep the peace.
I see him as an authority figure (imagery non visual)
and I will always look up to him as I get bigger.
He taught me how to mow the lawn
and knows how to keep me awake even when I yawn.
He’s crazy and funny and upheld the law,
I couldn’t ask for a better grandpa.
Written by Sierra Calfee, Granddaughter