Robert Emmett Deeken, Sr., 87, of Jefferson City, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021, at The Bluffs in Columbia, Missouri.
He was born March 22, 1934, in Jefferson City, the son of the late William John and Ruby Jane (Coogan) Deeken, Sr. He attended St. Peter Catholic Grade School and was a 1952 graduate of St. Peter Catholic High School. Robert served his country in the United States Army Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was honored to have flown on the Honor Flight.
For over forty years, Robert was a single father raising six children while working full time in building maintenance. He was extremely proud to have served as Past Commander of VFW Post 1003. Robert was a member the VFW Honor Guard since 2001 having honored over 500 veterans. For many years he taught flag folding procedures at schools, churches and service organizations. Robert was also a past board member of the Cole County Services for the Developmentally Disabled. For years he helped coach Jefferson City Special Olympics softball teams.
Survivors include six children, Robert Deeken Jr. and significant other Cindy Schram of Jefferson City, Karen (Frank) Benezue of Denver, CO, Michael Deeken of Jefferson City, Gregory Deeken of Marshall, Brian and Lisa Deeken, both of Jefferson City, granddaughter, Rhiannon Deeken of Jefferson City, brother, William (Mary) Deeken Jr. of Jefferson City, sister, Margie Kroeger of Jefferson City and Robert’s significant other, Sharon Bargielski of Jefferson City.
Visitation will be 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 216 Broadway, Jefferson City. Rev. Jeremy A. Secrist will officiate.
Burial with military honors will be in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Special Olympics, 305 Special Olympics Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65101.
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