Submitted by his wife
Robert Allen ‘Bob’ Bestgen
Bob was born on August 9‚ 1954 to Helen & Garland Bestgen in Cameron‚ MO. He graduated from Cameron High School in 1972 and graduated from the Kansas City Institute of Electronics in 1974. During the summer of 1976 Bob purchased his first dump truck and began Bob Bestgen Trucking. He continued the dump trucking business until 1994 when he purchased his first Kenworth tractor & pneumatic trailer & began hauling cement ingredients. Bob was a proud member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.
Bob met his wife Pat in 1981. They married in 1988 and were blessed with 2 sons‚ Robert Zachary & Nicholas Ryan.
Bob was proud of his more than 20 years of service as a volunteer firefighter for the Osborn Fire Protection District. He serviced and maintained all of the vehicles that the District owned. He spent many hours devising or revamping equipment for a district with little or no money. The District meant everything to him; suffice it to say It was his baby. He also served as President of the fire district’s Board of Directors.
Bob loved racing‚ especially winged sprint cars & Nextel Cup. He was an avid sports fan his entire life‚ competing in basketball‚ slow-pitch softball & mud-a-thons. He rooted tirelessly for the Kansas City Chiefs & Missouri Tigers. He never missed his sons’ basketball or baseball games. Bob deer hunted with his boys in the fall & took great pleasure from others enjoyment of the deer chili & meat sticks he painstakingly made.