Robert Grissum

COLUMBIA — Robert Roy Grissum Sr. died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at Boone Hospital Center. He was 66.

Mr. Grissum was born Oct. 26, 1944, in Columbia to Robert and Helen Grissum. Other than a stint in California, he was a lifelong Columbia resident. He worked for many years at Midway Travel Plaza and was described by his wife as “a very hardworking, sturdy person.” On June 27, 1990, he married Verna Peterson.

“He was kind and honest to a fault,” Peterson said. “He was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back.”

Mr. Grissum was also a man of eclectic tastes. He was a big fan of Western movies and was particularly fond of John Wayne. Mrs. Peterson said her husband was always ready for a card game and loved a good round of Rook or Black Jack. In his youth, Mr. Grissum was an adventurous man; he and his brother once walked and hitchhiked their way from California to Kansas City.

Above all, Mr. Grissum was a man who loved his family, especially his four grandchildren.

Robert Grissum is survived by his wife, Verna, of Columbia; a son, Robert R. Grissum Jr.; and three grandchildren.

His parents; his brother, Wayne Thomas Grissum; and a grandson, Matthew Peterson, died earlier.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Dec. 11 at Oakland Cemetery on East Rollins Street in Moberly.