The world lost a great modeler.
Posted today, by his wife Susan on facebook:
With profound sadness, we must inform everyone that Bob passed away on Monday, May 16, 2022 at about 8 p.m. of lung cancer. Four years ago, he successfully battled multiple, advanced cancers. This April, Bob took his yearly PET scan and a new cancer appeared at the top of the lung. This cancer was very aggressive, soon filling his right lung and bringing on pneumonia, which led to his need for oxygen.
Bob was bedridden for nearly four weeks and was so weak from trying to breathe he decided to go on hospice care on May 14. Thankfully, with morphine and Ativan, he didn’t suffer any longer. Bob was content, ready to go, and peacefully passed away yesterday evening. We spent most of the day with him, holding his hands and telling him how much we loved him, and he told us he loved us. Even in our grief, Gail and I are so happy he is no longer suffering.
I know that he will be with Lewis Pruneau, John Bowery, Gil Gonsoulin, David Harper, and all his other modeling buddies, building great dioramas. Most of you know his passion for building super dioramas, which were known all over the world and for which Bob received worldwide acclaim in the modeling world in magazines, television programs, and books.
I am so glad that Danny started Bob's Facebook sites and Bob got to tell you just some of his many interesting life stories, not only as a famous dioramist, but also his very successful and meritorious careers in St. Louis law enforcement and as cofounder and CEO of VLS Corporation.
Gail, Danny, and I want to thank you all for making him feel so loved on the modeling sites. He read all your posts and even when he was no longer able to respond, he felt your esteem and returned it in kind. He loved his friends and fans as much as they loved him.
Bob was 81 years old on May 11.
Please feel free to post your memories and anything else you'd like. We would love to read them. We do ask not to be called at this time, as we need time to privately deal with our profound grief at the loss of our beloved Bob.