ROBERT RUSSELL ACUFF, son of Horace Russell and Lydia Pearl Ellington Acuff was born November 24, 1938, in Kansas City, Missouri. He was greeted at Heaven’s gates by the loved ones that had gone before him on September 4, 2018, at the age of seventy-nine years.
Bob, as he was known to family and friends, made a profession of faith in Christ early in life and at the time of his passing, had been a longtime, active and faithful member of First United Methodist Church. Bob enjoyed his church family and appreciated their many prayers and genuine friendship through the years.
In 1956, Bob joined the United States Marine Corp and proudly served our country until 1969. He also served during the Vietnam War, from 1966-1967. It was during this time, he met the future “Mrs. Acuff,” Anna Marie Brummett. She was also in the service. On May 6, 1960, they said “I Do.” The next forty-six years were full of love and laughter. Anna preceded Bob in death on August 12, 2006.
After his honorable discharge from the Marine Corp, Bob entered the United States Army and served our country from 1969 until his retirement in 1976. Bob earned numerous medals and ribbons in his service time of twenty years.
In 1977, Bob started working for Lebanon Fire Department, where he also served as Fire Chief. He retired from the Fire Department in 2001. In 2007, Bob became the Compliance Officer for Lebanon Police Department, where he remained until 2011. Those who had the pleasure of working with Bob over the years appreciated his knowledge and expertise.
Bob was very civic minded and dedicated to our community. He was a Mason. He was a member of VFW Post #4107, and was a leader of Boy Scouts of America, having earned the highest rank, Order of the Arrow. He was also sports minded, and especially enjoyed helping coach local youth teams. He coached Mighty Might Football, Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball. He also filmed the Lebanon High School Football games from 1977 until 2017, missing very few during those years. He was a wonderful mentor and treasured his time with young athletes. Bob was also an avid Kansas City Chiefs Football fan.
He leaves to celebrate his memory, two sons, Anthony Acuff and Christopher Acuff and his wife Kim; one daughter, Coral Sode and her husband John, all of Lebanon, MO; one brother, Jerry Lee Acuff of Kearney, MO; five grandchildren, Harley and Courtney Acuff, Makanda, Rainier and John Robert Sode; other relatives; church family; and many dear friends.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Helen Acuff; step-father, Vernon Gorene; step-brother, Thomas Beatty; step-sister, Beverly VanNutter; and sister-in-law, Dorene Acuff.
Bob was a man of dignity and unwavering faith. He taught his children the importance of hard work and unconditional love. He was a family man and a Godly man, always putting the needs of others above his own. We will miss him in our community, but what a wonderful reunion it will be in Heaven one day.
Well done, good and faithful servant!
You have been faithful with a few things;
I will put you in charge of many things.
Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Memorial services were held September 8th.