Bobby Gene Messick, 88, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Bobby was born May 28, 1929, to Guy and Nellie (Cade) Messick. He married his wife Kathryn Johnson Messick on April 16, 1950, at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, Illinois.
Bob loved his hometown of Rankin, Illinois, where he received his formal education. His boyhood friends, both guys and girls, were not forgotten and the friendships continued through the years.
His birth family was an everlasting relationship. Laughter and games still echo. He delighted in his own family, his home and his church, accepting his responsibilities to each. His retirement was from American Standard Pottery, where he started in 1953 and left in 1980, when they closed the Kokomo operation.
Bob and Kay had 67 1/2 years of married life. They worked, sang, danced and thanked God for his goodness. Bob had the gift of humor. He could laugh at himself and loved making a good story better. Any comment about him includes his ability to tell a joke and get the fun going. Now he is meeting and greeting old friends and family, being embraced, and someone is saying "tell us a funny story, Bob." And he will.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George, Manfred and James, their spouses Deena, Flossie and Martha; sisters, Ellen, Helen, Leona, and Joanne, spouses Clarence Barker, C. B. Johnson, Arthur Davis and Tom Sly; nephews, Arnold Messick, Ron and Don Barker; and niece, Martha.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; daughter, Sheilia Behler (Tom); grandson, Drew (Amanda) Behler; granddaughter, Mary (Dan) Buckalew; and great-grandchildren, Audrey and Dean Buckalew.
Funeral services for Bobby will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 121 Santa Fe Blvd., with Pastor Kurt Gremel officiating. The family will offer visiting hours between 1 and 2:30 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery. You may go to www.ellersmortuarywebster.com to sign the guestbook, leave a condolence for the family or to leave a memorial contribution.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.
Published on November 2, 2017