Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Siler, Robert Leonard 88

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Siler, Robert Leonard 88

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Siler, Robert Leonard 88, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease died on May 14, 2013 in the Palliative Care Unit of the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital.He was born November 18, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Ray and Eva Siler. Bob was raised in St. Louis taking his first job as a bicycle rider for Western Union at age 14.He graduated from Normandy High School at age 16 and went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Central Methodist College, his masters from Vanderbilt, and took further coursework at Notre Dame, Harvard, and Syracuse University. An accomplished pianist, Bob formed his own dance band while in college playing on campus and in small towns in the Midwest. Up until 3 years ago, his talented fingers flew across those ivories to the delight of all who knew him. There wasn't a song that Bob couldn't play and further embellish with his own special touch. Bob was a proud veteran. At age 18, still a junior in college, Bob signed up with the Navy. As a commissioned officer he worked in communication and intelligence systems and served in Miami, in the Pacific along the Philippine Islands, and finally, in San Francisco. During the war, he was also involved in mine sweeping operations in the China Sea. As an educator, Bob was on the staff of Fayette High School as a band instructor where he worked tirelessly to secure instruments for all students interested in joining the band. That meant Bob also had to often repair those instruments to ensure the music program of the high school survived and thrived. He was appointed principal of the high school, their youngest to date. A leader in business, Bob served 55 years in the grocery and consumer products industry. He was Ralston Purina's Vice President of Sales, Distribution, and Administrative Service for all consumer products divisions. …

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