Robert Hale Dobbs

Robert Hale Dobbs was born in Joplin, Missouri on October 7, 1937 to Everett Hale Dobbs and Vera Leila Skillern Dobbs. He passed away December 3, 2018 in Bentonville, Arkansas at Circle of Life. He spent his school years in Seneca, Missouri. Bob played football and golf, enjoyed traveling with his parents to foreign countries and sailed on the Queen Elizabeth across the Atlantic to Europe.
Bob attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he was a member of the football team and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. He also graduated from Penn State University from their Executive Management Program. He served in the US Army.
Prior to moving to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1974, Bob spent a number of years working with the Carborundum Company and rose to the position of Vice President.
In 1974, Bob became the President and owner of Mid-Western Minerals in Rogers, Arkansas and was a member of the Rogers Rotary Club where he was president elect in 1980.
Shortly after moving to Bella Vista, Bob met Karen Breyman. They married at the Bella Vista Country Club in 1975. He designed their home on Lake Windsor and the two did part of the construction at night after work. Over their forty-two years together they have owned several companies including: Vacation Rentals, Vacation Tour & Travel, which was the first travel agency in Bella Vista and Bentonville, Dobbs Management Co., Inc., Classy Carts of Arkansas and Bob’s Best Birdseed. Bob was fond of saying,” We don’t do anything really great, so we do a lot of different things.” They felt they were blessed with wonderful people to work with, as well as tremendous people to serve.
Karen was a Charter member of the Bella Vista Community Church in 1974, and Bob joined soon after and became the President of the Congregation during the building of the church in 1979 and 1980.
Bob served on the Master Committee to honor Sam and Helen Walton in 1984. He was a member of the Executive Committee for the Phillips Pro-Celebrity Charity Classic, which is currently The Cancer Challenge.
Bob liked to be in constant motion. He and Karen traveled to many foreign countries (mostly for business), bareboat sailed for years on the Chesapeake, the British Virgin Islands, Florida and the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington. They loved road trips in their motor home. They enjoyed many of the US National Parks and Florida in the winter. When Bob’s parents retired they introduced him to Palm Springs. It was love at first sight because of over 200 golf courses for him to enjoy. When time permitted he was in the sun playing tennis, golfing and jogging. When not in motion Bob was an avid reader. In the last few years of his life, he joined Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, CA where he enjoyed the two beautiful golf courses, great golfing friends and wonderful, caring neighbors. His last memorable trip was in 2013 when he took the whole family on a river rafting adventure through the Grand Canyon.
After he was too weak to play golf, he would drive his Razorback red golf cart and give golf lessons at the driving range.
Bob took great pride in his children and grandchildren and felt at peace knowing they have good families with happy and healthy grandchildren. Watching them grow into teenagers and young adults brought him much happiness.
Bob is survived by his wife, Karen Dobbs of Bella Vista, Arkansas; his daughter, G. Lea Dobbs Kelsey and her husband William, their three children, Hannah, Nate, and Lila of Hopkinton, New Hampshire; his son, Bradley Louis Hale Dobbs, wife Jill and their children, Everett and Chapel Jean of Jefferson City, Missouri. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his Aunt Jewell Witzansky all of Joplin, Missouri, his half-sister, Patricia Maritan of Tulsa, Oklahoma and nephew Doug Maritan of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
A Celebration of Life was held Thursday, December 20, at the Bella Vista Community Church in Bella Vista.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, Bella Vista Community Church, Bella Vista Animal Shelter or First Tee of Northwest Arkansas.

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Phil Syrdal
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Phil Syrdal

Bob, I’m sure you’ll look down and shudder when I try your patented inside-out swing with the personal variations you tried so hard to cure. But it’s guaranteed to continue to give you a good laugh. I’ll keep trying, Bob.
Thank for the good times…and for your always positive, contagious smile. You are missed.

Mick Schreck
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Mick Schreck

Bob spent more time at the back of the range trying to help me with my golf game ,even though results were spotty at best.He wrote a two page epistle for me on how to practice. In addition he shared his wisdom on our mutual love for real estate. I am very thank full of the time that I had with Bob. May god Bless him Karen and the rest of the family.

Frank and Anne Harrell
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Frank and Anne Harrell

It was a true blessing to have Bob and Karen as our neighbors in California. Bob was a true champion during his health struggles. He never complained or felt sorry for himself. We all always remember his large smile and wonderful sense of humor. Karen was always at his side to encourage him and assist him in all his needs. Yes, he will be truly missed.

Helene Bradley
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Helene Bradley

Bob was always interested in and encouraging of whatever others were doing. He never talked about his own accomplishments which were many. I wish he had tried painting at an earlier time in his life because when he recently took the brush in his hand, the results were really quite beautiful. His eyes would sparkle with joy and surprise when he showed his latest painting and realized that we all loved what he was doing. Bill and I really miss Bob and Karen here at Ironwood.

James Patterson
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James Patterson

Karen it was a great to know Bob for the short time I have been a neighbor. I will always remember his. He would always stop and say and also to talk to LG. I’m thinking of you at this hard time in life. From what I knew of Bob he was a great gentalman. My prayers are with you.

Charlotte Carson
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Charlotte Carson

Bob was always good to me . I enjoyed seeing he and Karen at the house and sitting by the lake and just talking and riding In The boat. He was a great brother . We will miss you Bob . Rest In Peace . Love you much!!

Sharon Breyman
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Sharon Breyman

Bob never complained or said “why me” when he became ill. He always expressed an interest in what was going on in my life and with my friends he’d met from my college days. I admired him for sharing Karen’s love of dogs with her. (They had 7 dogs including Charmer over their 42 year marriage). He was a kind loving person and I felt blessed to have him as a brother in law and loved him. I pray that God will be with Karen and his entire family as they grief the loss of Bob. I know he’s in… Read more »