The Obit For Bob Musgrave

Bob Musgrave
1934-2012

Columbia Daily Tribune Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Robert "Bob" I. Musgrave, 78, of Hoboken, N.J., passed away at his home on Sunday, June 17, 2012.

Failla Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements, with internment planned for a later date in Connecticut at the military cemetery.

Bob was born on Jan. 7, 1934, in Columbia.

Bob grew up in Columbia and attended Hickman High School, graduating in 1952. He was part of the undefeated 1951 Hickman football team. Bob was recognized as a 1952 high school All-American quarterback.

During his college years at the University of Missouri, Bob was an All-Time letterman in football 1953-54, All-Time letterman in baseball 1954-56 and was drafted out of MU by the Orioles in 1956. Bob was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 with the entire MU baseball team that won the College World Series in 1954.

The entire Musgrave family were MU fans, with C.W. Musgrave managing the college bookstore and Bob's brother, Jim, also graduating from MU with a degree in engineering. Bob's mother, Pearl, was the founding manager of the Stephens College Bookstore.

The Air Force called Bob into service in the fall of 1956, and he served from 1956-1961. He was a pilot with the Strategic Air Command.


Bob was a journalist by profession. He retired from AT&T after 32 years of employment. He was a member of the Elks and also volunteered for various charitable organizations throughout the years.

Bob is survived by special friend Ondine Bennett and her daughters and eight grandchildren, who adored him; sister Eleanor Musgrave Mires and husband Jack of Whittier, Calif.; brother James R. Musgrave (Jim) of Westlake, Ohio.; cousins Nan Musgrave Olson and Sherri Musgrave Andrews; five nieces; three nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Willis (C.W.) and Pearl Marie (Allison) Musgrave of Columbia; sister, Margaret Noel and husband Jim; sister-in-law, Nancy Mountjoy Musgrave; and his only son, Christian Robert Musgrave of Chappaqua, N.Y.

Contributions or memorials may be made to Hickman High School Athletics Department, designated for the football program; the University of Missouri Athletic Department; or the charity of your choice.