Robert Michael (Thomas) Chauvin
Robert Michael (Thomas) Chauvin, 82, was called to heaven Friday May 6, 2022 at Advent Health in Merriam, Kansas surrounded by his family.
“Bobby” —as he was lovingly called by close friends and family— was born on May 31, 1939 in Kansas City, MO to Maria Susana and Alphonse Chauvin. Bobby’s entrepreneurial spirit started as a shoe shine boy, a banquet waiter, busboy, window cleaner, which projected him into his passion as the proud business owner of AAA Window Cleaning.
Bobby married Vivian Bookout on December 22, 1967. Together they started their business, Olympic House and Window Cleaning from the ground up. Olympic would later evolve into AAA House & Window Cleaning. The most prestigious addresses in KC were among their cliental. From KC Chiefs and Royals legends and prominent families in Kansas City. Their company became a reputable and strong small business in the Kansas City area. Robert was the hustler and face of the company, but Vivian was the brains and backbone behind the whole operation. Bobby worked from sun up and sun down. He was extremely proud of his extensive cliental, but also took great pride that he was able to provide for his family.
His daughter, Renee, was the apple of his eye but his biggest smiles came when his grandchildren and great-grandchildren would come to visit. Bobby will especially be remembered for his devote Catholic faith and adoration to Blessed Mary. Bobby would constantly remind his family that he was, “in the state of grace and ready to go when God comes for me.” Those words bring peace to his family now that he has passed. He was familiar with many Catholic parishes on the Kansas and Missouri side. Daily mass served as a safehaven where Bobby could be at peace. His daily whereabouts could be traced by the church bulletins he collected in his truck.
Bobby most enjoyed spending time with his family, sitting in the sun, relaxing by his pool and working 7 days a week. His motto was, “Work 8 hours, sleep 8 hours and have 8 hours of fun.” Bobby lived life to the fullest. Always quick to remind his loved ones how much he loved them in actions and words. His dedication to his family, extremely generous kind heart and quick witted jokes that never failed to make those around him laugh.
Life was always throwing punches at Bobby, literally. Before becoming a businessowner, Bobby, nicknamed Frenchy, boxed professionally in Kansas City and Dallas. His career accomplishments in the ring included two Golden Glove championships and an appearance at the Olympic Trials in 1957. He continued to be an avid boxing fan, taking the likes of Mohammed Ali, Roberto Duran, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya and Marco Antonio Barrera. Fight night at Bobby’s house was always a big event. He would gather with his fellow boxing friends from back in the day and break down the fight in true commentary form.
Bobby is survived by his daughter Renee Falcon, son-in-law Daniel Falcon, grandsons Tony and wife Nancy, Airman Nico and Marco Antonio Marquez and granddaughter Mia Falcon. Beloved great-grandchildren Landon, Elijah, Avalyn and Cristian Marquez. His beautiful sisters Lucie Wainstock, Alice Beaty, Peg (Tom) Gardner and Linda Shank. As well as his many loving nieces, nephews and family members world wide.
He was preceded in death by his most beautiful and loving mother Maria Susana and Alphonse Chauvin, wife Vivian, son-in-law Tony Marquez Sr., sister Suzanne Kear, brother Alphonse Chauvin Jr., brother-in-laws Joseph Beaty, Mike Wainstock, Tom Fessler, Paul Schadler and beloved niece Maribeth Fessler.
Celebration of life is Tuesday May 31, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Mission, KS. Visitation at 9 a.m. followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 9:15 a.m. the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and funeral mass scheduled for 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bobby’s name to The Alzheimers Association or St. Pius X Catholic Church in Mission, Kansas.