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Robbie Preston Gentry

Robbie Preston Gentry, 78 of Prairie Village, Kansas passed away October 12, 2017 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Opal and Preston Gentry. He graduated from Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, Kansas in 1956 and attended Pittsburg State University.

He had a love of sports and was a pitcher for the high school baseball team his sophomore thru senior years. His freshman year he was on the track team doing the shot put, discus, javelin and played football. He played basketball his freshman year through his junior year. His senior year he became a manager of the basketball team and enjoyed traveling with the team. After high school he played baseball for a minor league team called the “Milgram Mustangs” through the Ban Johnson Amateur Baseball League for three years. While in Pittsburg, Kansas he would umpire baseball games.

He was a #1 fan of the Kansas Jayhawks and enjoyed watching and attending football, basketball and baseball games. He was a member of the Williams Fund and the KU Alumni Association.

He excelled in the mortgage business as a loan officer and FHA/VA underwriter for over 35 years. He was a member of the Old Mission Masonic Lodge, Prairie Village, Kansas and the Abdallah Shrine in Overland Park, Kansas, as a member of the Jokers Unit for over 33 years. He was involved with the Shriners Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He married Julia Hodshire Gentry, May 1984 and blended step-daughter Heather Hodshire (Andy), Centennial, CO. He was a member of the Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS.

He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and music concerts. He enjoyed watching movies and reading about war history. He enjoyed taking day trips and to travel. He loved attending family functions.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Jerry Barge and son-in-law Michael Wallace.

He is survived by his wife, sister Janet Barge, Meeker, Oklahoma, his children: Julie Gentry Meggs (Chris), Gardner, KS; Laura Gentry Wallace, Olathe, KS; Jim Gentry (Julie) Overland Park, KS,his grandchildren: Lee Ann Mahoney (Joe), Shawnee, KS; Matthew Mahoney (Kelsey), Fairway, KS; Shannon Gentry (Kevin), Lawrence, KS; Shane Gentry, Overland Park; Stephanie Wallace (Jayden) Olathe and Sarah Wallace, Olathe; step-granddaughter, Samantha Schechterman, Centennial, CO and great-granddaughter, Annalise Jean, Shawnee. Also survived by his ex-wife, Sandra Messinger, mother of his children.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:00am, Village Presbyterian Church Chapel, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. Reception will follow. A committal service will be held at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 N 94 Street, Kansas City, KS 66112.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to The Village Presbyterian Church, www.villagepres.org <http://www.villagepres.org>, Kansas City Hospice House, www.kchospice.org <http://www.kchospice.org>,. The Shriners Children’s Hospital, c/o of the Abdallah Shrine, www.abdallahshriners.com <http://www.abdallahshriners.com>, or the. National Parkinson Foundation Heartland, www.parkinsonheartland.org <http://www.parkinsonheartland.org>.

Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Friday, Oct. 20th 2017 | 10 Comments »

10 Comments on “Robbie Preston Gentry”

  1. Mary Jo Thomas Says:

    Laura and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during these trying times.

  2. Efi Young Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    May his memory be eternal!

  3. Gerald & Bobbie Young Says:

    So Sorry for your lost. Recently we were just saying we should call,sorry we didn’t.Gerald has been taking lots of test and going to different doctor to try to find out what is causing his leg problems.

  4. Mary Coffman Russo Says:

    I have known Robbie since grade school. Except for class reunions, my husband and I saw Robbie at Boy Scout pancake breakfasts. Remembering that Robbie would look in the paper to see what scout troop was having a breakfast that he could attend that Saturday morning.

  5. Lois (Seay) Nicklin Says:

    To Janet Gentry Barge & entire Gentry Family. I am so sorry
    for the loss of Robbie. I lived across the street from you on 34th. St. and had a little sister,Judy who was your buddy. The name was Judy Seay. I remember your family well
    and feel your heartbreak at this time.

    Keep looking up!
    Lois Seay Nicklin

  6. Nancy Carlisle Says:

    Julia, I am so sorry to hear about Robbie! After going thru it with John, I know what a blessing to have them finally at peace! GOD Bless you and his family.

  7. Pat Gates Says:

    Farewell my class of 56 Wyandotte High School friend. I remember how gracious you and Julia were to invite me to join your table at our 55th reunion and how you loved to watch those Jayhawk basketball games. Rock Chalk, Rob.

  8. Steve Knight Says:

    Bob and I met as loan officers in the early 1980s. He was a big KU fan, and I was a K-State fan. I would win the bets during football season, and he would win it all back during basketball season. I will miss his laugh. My sympathies to Julia and all the Gentry family. He was a good one.

  9. Gary Welch Says:

    Rob and I had a lot of great time together along with others from baseball as well at Pitt State. I know he has struggled over the past several years and now at least he is at peace. You will be missed. To steal from above ROCK CHALK.

  10. Jon ingalls Says:

    Robbie ( I knew as Bob) and I worked together at Valley View Bank for several years. I remember his passion for KU basketball. I’m sorry to hear of his passing and my sympathies to the family.

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