Bobby Gene Flood
Bobby “Little Bob” Gene Flood of St. Mary died on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Riverview at the Park Care and Rehabilitation Center in Ste. Genevieve. He was 86 years old.
He was born on August 6, 1933, a son of Joe Berry Flood and Zelmer Roosevelt (Grindstaff) Flood of Steele, Missouri.
He was married to Lillian M. (Ulfers) Flood in Carson City, Nevada, on September 3, 1963, and she preceded him in death on March 16, 1988.
He is survived by two nieces, Victoria Wibbenmeyer and her husband Larry of Ste. Genevieve, Elizabeth A. Leonard, whose husband Jeffery died in 2018, of Symsonia, Kentucky; three nephews, Lawrence E. Flood and his wife Kelly of Golden, Colorado, William F. Flood and his wife Wyler of San Ramon, California, Gerald A. Flood and his wife Connie of Friedheim, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Louise Frederick Flood of St. Louis; 11 great-nieces and great-nephews; 13 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers. Jessie James Flood, Joe Berry “J.B.” Flood, Benjamin Carter Flood, Joe Edward Flood; and one sister, Bonnie Sue Flood.
His parents were sharecroppers in the cotton fields. Along with his parents and siblings, he picked cotton, dug potatoes and learned to work hard at an early age.
He attended school at Steele High School and then at age 17 joined the U.S. Army, in which he completed his high school education. During his career in the Army, he served in the Korean War. His position was a directed gunner on a five-man crew of the M46 Patton Medium Tank.
He retired after 44 years from General Motors where he worked as chief clerk in the parts department. He belonged to the United Auto Workers Labor Union Local 2162. He received his nickname “Little Bob” because the other employee that worked in the parts department was “Big Bob.”
Services will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date because of the coronavirus outbreak at this time in our country. Basler Funeral Home of Ste. Genevieve is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Marian Cliff Manor, 381 Elm St., St. Mary MO; a favorite veterans association of choice; or by volunteering and spending time with a veteran.