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Bobby was born intellectually disabled. He died at age 55 after living a life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. One may wonder if he was disabled, or was he created near perfectly to show the world what it means to be a good human? At times, the world took advantage of Bobby – tried to keep him down and exploit his mental handicap; he never let it get to him. Bobby never held grudges. He picked his head up and carried on. So when the world tries to make Bobby just a number in the COVID death count – to reduce his impact to nothing, we will not keep our heads buried in the sand. We’ll do as Bobby would: raise our heads high and live according to his example. In this way, the world will never be able to erase Bobby. Always willing to help, Bobby served as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer and an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts for many years. He had a unique ability to seek others’ needs and fulfill them. Though a man of little means, he often gave his last dollar to strangers. Bobby did his best for others at every opportunity. And because this is how he lived, Bobby will never be forgotten. Though he is no longer among the living, his spirit lives on in our hearts, and his memory is immortal.

Debra S McCoskey-Reisert, Indianna 

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