Robert Michael Embly, known to many as Bob, of St. Clair, MO departed this life suddenly at his home in St. Clair on July 27, 2009, having reached the age of fifty-three years and twenty-five days. Robert was born in St. Louis, MO on July 2, 1956, son of Robert John Embly and Vivian Leota Embly nee Bischdorf. On February 18, 1984, he was united in marriage to Leah Diane Butler. He is survived by his wife, Leah Embly of St. Clair; by his children, Robert E. Embly and wife, Jennifer, of Camdenton, MO, Ruth Gary and husband, Jeffery, of St. Louis and Spc. Rodney Embly and wife, Rebecca, of Fort Lewis, WA; by his mother, Vivian Embly Brown of St. Louis; by his parents-in-law, Rodney and Joan Butler of Fenton, MO; by two brothers, John Embly and wife, Diane, of New Salem, PA and Harry Embly and wife, Schere, of South Point, NC; by two sisters, Kathy Adams and husband, Tony, of Camdenton and Anna Dennis and husband, Dennis, of Fenton; by thirteen grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Bob was a Christian and member of the First Christian Church in Washington, MO. He was proud to have served his country during the Vietnam War as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, entering October 26, 1973 and receiving his honorable discharge on February 13, 1979. He was honored to have received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor during his enlistment. After his discharge from active duty, he joined Missouri National Guard, receiving his discharge on September 24, 1992. He was currently a member of the Marine Corp League in Manchester, MO. He was a past member and past commander of the VFW Post 5896 in Farmington, MO. Robert had been employed in public service throughout his life. He was a career firefighter, having been employed at the High Ridge Fire Department in High Ridge, MO and Eureka Fire Department in Eureka, MO. He also worked in law enforcement, having been employed at the Farmington Police Department as well as the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department. In 1993, he began his 15 year career with the Missouri Department of Corrections at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center as a medical assistant II/EMT. He opened three new correctional centers in Farmington, Potosi, and Licking as the fire safety specialist. His last period of employment was with the Franklin County Transportation Council as a driver of developmentally disabled adults, a job that he loved. He enjoyed many hobbies and interests during his life but especially liked to go on family camping and fishing trips. He was an avid reader and liked playing cards with family and friends. Nothing made him happier than the time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.
A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Friday, July 31, 2009 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with Brother Don Myers officiating. Interment with full military honors was held at 1:15 PM at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to the High Hill Christian Camp or to the Wounded Warrior Project.