Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dr. Robert L. Philibert, 87, Professor Emeritus, Missouri State University died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at his home in Shell Knob.

He was born on April 14, 1922, in Sawyer, Kan.

At the age of 16, he joined the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC), the Roosevelt-era work relief program. While stationed at CCC Camp 3753 in Shell Knob, Robert met his wife of 66 years, Willena. The couple was married on Dec. 6, 1942. He served with the 8th Army Air Corps at Kimbolton, U.K and was discharged at the end of the war in November, 1945.

He graduated in 1952 with his Bachelors of Education in Biology. During the mid 1950s, he taught science classes at both Mt. Vernon and Monett high schools.

In 1957, he was awarded a Defense for Education national fellowship, which allowed him to begin graduate studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. In the fall of 1963, Robert joined the faculty of the Life Sciences Department at then Southwest Missouri State College teaching classes. He retired to Shell Knob in 1986 after 23 years of teaching.

He was preceded in death by his wife Willena Rickman; parents Charles Benjamin Austin Philibert and Elizabeth Applegate; brother, Harold; sisters, Clara and Bethel; and one grandson.

Survivors include: one sister, Maxine Haggerman, Shell Knob; one son Robert Philibert, Jr., and his wife, Beki; four grandchildren; daughter, Suzanne Stringer and husband, Kent, Republic; daughter Dr. Nanette Philibert, Shell Knob; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) at Fohn Funeral Home, in Shell Knob. Military honors and burial was at Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob following the services.

contributions be made in his name to the biology department at Missouri State University or for the CCC Camp Conservation Fund via the Lions Club of Shell Knob.

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Shell Knob, Missouri