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George Robert (Bob) Binkley, age 84, of Edina, Missouri, died Thursday, September 18, 2008 at Boone Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, after a long battle with kidney failure and pneumonia.
He was born August 10, 1924, southeast of Knox City, Missouri, the son of James Lloyd and Cora Russie (Jones) Binkley.
Bob received his education at Center Ridge and Jeddo schools in Knox County, Missouri.
He was married to Eleanor Myers on February 16, 1946, at Knox City, Missouri, a daughter, Farrell Sue, was born to them July 31, 1948.
His employment was for Skirvin Farms in Knox County for seven years. The rest of his working years were spent with C.Q. Myers Truck Line in Knox City, Missouri for five years and then as manager of C.Q. Myers Farm Supply in Edina from 1951 until retiring in 1987.
Bob was a member of the United Methodist Church in Edina, Missouri. For forty-one years Bob was a member of the Edina Fire Department and spent many of those years as Fire Chief. He was instrumental in starting the Edina Rural Fire Department and the Knox County Rescue Squad. Also, in obtaining the first new fire truck that Edina had had for many years. He was also the person who got a new firehouse for Edina and the Rural Fire Departments. He worked diligently getting the firehouse built and it has been named “Bink’s Fire House” in his honor.
Bob really loved his hobby of woodworking and was very good at it. He built many wishing wells that have been seen over this part of the country. He also made cabinets for his wife and other members of the family.
Surviving are his wife of more than sixty-two years, and his daughter, Farrell Church and her husband, Don Pierce of Palmyra, Missouri; brother-in-law, James H. Myers of Bella Vista, Arkansas; grandson, Jason Church and wife, Jena of Kahoka, Missouri, granddaughter, Meghan Karr and husband, Lance of Palmyra, Missouri; Doug Pierce and wife, Marcia and Shelly Gonzales and husband Roland, all of Brunswick, Georgia; great grandchildren, twins, Harper Rae and Jackson Ray Karr and Bryan and Jorden Plenge and Eric Morgan; brother, James Lewis Binkley and friend, Norma Poland and sister, Doris Hayes, all of Fort Madison, Iowa, a sister, Mabel and her husband, James Florea of St. Johns, Missouri; special friends, David and Karen Pinson and Sharron Crane and Brother William George Myers. His extra special miniature French Poodle, Erin survives at home with his wife and other dear friends and relatives.
Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Lucille Cone and his brothers-in-law, James Cone and James Hayes and by his parents and grand parents and his parents-in-law and other dear relatives.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 21, 2008, at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. Brother William George Myers, O.S.L. officiated the services, assisted by the Reverend Sam Smith.
Casket bearers were Hardin Harrington, Albert Hagerla, Eldon Parrish, David Pinson, Fred C. Layman and Terry Goodwin. Honorary bearers were Members of the Edina Fire Department.
Visitation was from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2008, at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Memorials may be made to the Edina Rural Fire Department or Edina United Methodist Church and may be left at or mailed to Hudson Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.