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“Dear Bobby Lee, "Everybody's got to change sometime, Because sooner or later we got to go down in that lonesome ground." Beloved friend from up the...Read More »
1 of 95 | Posted by: Anne Stokely Bailey

“"Not farewell, but fare forward, fellow traveler." Bob was one of the very few visionaries around. He'll be sorely missed. ”
2 of 95 | Posted by: hank ottinger

“Dear Bob, you opened a great window on the soul... may the great soul bring comfort to your family in these hard times. "May the longtime sun shine...Read More »
3 of 95 | Posted by: Pippa Letsky

“Sharon and family, Bob was an inspiration to all of us who were fortunate enough to know him. He helped me solve a great mystery in my family's...Read More »
4 of 95 | Posted by: Morrene Britton

“Dear Brother, We wish you could have stayed longer, but I know, after so much mortal misery, you were ready to go. The flesh and blood that housed...Read More »
5 of 95 | Posted by: Michael Cochran

“A dear soul and a wonderful classmate. His smile and personality will be missed by all. The class of 1957 has lost another friend. Our deepest...Read More »
6 of 95 | Posted by: Norris and Barbara Reichel

“What an amazing legacy of helping to preserve Missouri heritage. ”
7 of 95 | Posted by: Andrew Linsenmeyer

“Rest easy,Bob. I didn't get to know you well enough. Reverend Saint Whiskey Jim ”
8 of 95 | Posted by: Jim Sturguess

“Bob was my favorite wordsmith. That beautiful muse of his combined with such a love of language made for unforgettable work. I left Missouri a long...Read More »
9 of 95 | Posted by: Joe Newberry

“We'll miss you, Bob. Thank you for all you have done for us and given us. ”
10 of 95 | Posted by: Jerry Bizzle

“Bob liked to sit in the bath tub, drink iced tea, and read good books. His songs, laughter, and poems remain deep in my memory. ”
11 of 95 | Posted by: Wil Loy

“I have met some of your family and if they're anything like you, than i bet you were amazing ”
12 of 95 | Posted by: kristin

“My sympathies are with the family and friends of Mr. Dyer. I enjoyed his music for years and will greatly miss his voice and his performances. I...Read More »
13 of 95 | Posted by: Rita Edwards

“Bob and I were good friends in the late sixties. Even then when we were all young, he already understood the great value of gentleness and kindness. ”
14 of 95 | Posted by: Al Landwehr

“Bob sang Missouri-- he knew our state to her very limestone bones and surging, ever-changing waters. He took our kaleidoscope, patchwork human...Read More »
15 of 95 | Posted by: Jo Schaper

“Bob was a best friend at Columbia in the '60's, a wonderful, kind, wise and original soul whose words and music and humor will remain with me always ”
16 of 95 | Posted by: Ted Schaefer

“"On his good gray horse, Bucephalus, Price led Missouri's sons, through Fredericktown to Pilot Knobb and grim Fort Davidson". You're missed Bob, and...Read More »
17 of 95 | Posted by: Geo Rule

“I was blessed to see Bob play a little show at the Riverfront Park in Washington, Mo. His music and poetry were and are an inspiration. Peace. ”
18 of 95 | Posted by: Steve Roth

“I just want to add my name to these testimonials from people whose lives were affected by Bob Dyer. He was every bit the amazingly interesting and...Read More »
19 of 95 | Posted by: Steve Fair

“I am new to Boonville and central MO, but I have enjoyed Bob's work immensely and share with others the loss of his presence. ”
20 of 95 | Posted by: Dick Schneider

“Just when I thought I'd found an old friend, I find he's gone. He was a wonderful friend, teacher, and colleague so many, many years ago! My...Read More »
21 of 95 | Posted by: Marilyn Johnson Tarnowski

“Bob and I were friends. I will miss him greatly--as will everyone who knew him. ”
22 of 95 | Posted by: Mike Hanna

“Bob was one of my best and most valued friends when we were at the University of Missouri, both as undergraduates and graduates. (We both picked...Read More »
23 of 95 | Posted by: William Zander

“I will always have such rich memories of Bob, the ongoing legacy of the music that will continue to be sung, and the beautiful and evocative images...Read More »
24 of 95 | Posted by: Diane Huneke

“I shall remember always the fabulous times we had in putting together the BRUSH WITH HISTORY show at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery at CMU in Fayette in...Read More »
25 of 95 | Posted by: Thomas Yancey

“It has been almost 35 years since I last saw you, Bob, and I can still see your enigmatic smile,, seemingly directed outward and inward at the same...Read More »
26 of 95 | Posted by: Marti Ottinger-O'Donnell

“Bob, you are a legend. Amber and Sharon, I am so sorry for you loss. ”
27 of 95 | Posted by: Dora

“Bob, you were a childhood friend and my classmate of 1957, whom I shall remember fondly. I extend my sympathy to your family, and may you find peace...Read More »
28 of 95 | Posted by: Phyllis Stinson

“I can still remember as a nine-year-old singing every word to "Mike Fink" and "Jesse James." In fact, Bob's song inspired me to do a school report...Read More »
29 of 95 | Posted by: Holly Haynes

“Sadness in this news. We appreciate Mr. Dyer so much. He is at rest now. Sincerely, Scott Davis, RN VA ”
30 of 95 | Posted by: Scott Davis, RN

“Sharon, as you know I did not know Bob myself well, but he must have been a great soul for you to have fallen in love with him. My heart hurts with...Read More »
31 of 95 | Posted by: BETTYE R. CALLISON-PALERMO

“Bob, you taught me how rich the landscape of a sleepy farm town can be, each hill had stories and each bend in the river had tales to sing. She's...Read More »
32 of 95 | Posted by: Larry Lile

“Bob, yours is a voice that won't fade from memory: singing, reading poems, or just speaking from that bright intellect, your love of life and the...Read More »
33 of 95 | Posted by: Vic Myers

“Dear Sharon and family, My prayers are with you at this time of your sad loss. ”
34 of 95 | Posted by: Pat Holmes

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
35 of 95 | Posted by: Jim and Dottie Sowash

“My sympathy and condolences to Bob's family. Our graduating class will miss him. ”
36 of 95 | Posted by: Martha Tedrick Williamson

“To a friend, a classmate, and a neighbor of long ago. We will miss you and your music. ”
37 of 95 | Posted by: Nancy (Williams) Callis

“Bob was a man of true vision, immense talent and deep moral courage. But more than that, he was a kind and generous friend to all. My life is...Read More »
38 of 95 | Posted by: Patrick Hanna

“Bob will be missed by all who knew him, his humor, creativity and love for the community. He is a hero for showing us how to take our love for the...Read More »
39 of 95 | Posted by: Mike Cooper

“Love and sympathy to you and thanks for wonderful memories! ”
40 of 95 | Posted by: Florence Chesnutt

“remembering your dark dancing eyes and easy laughter . . . miss you, bob ”
41 of 95 | Posted by: joe bidewell

“Bob Dyer's defunct who used to ride a watersmooth-silver stallion and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat ...Read More »
42 of 95 | Posted by: Joe Geist

“the miracle To work with an art form does not mean to screw off like a tapeworm with his belly full, nor does it justify grandeur or...Read More »
43 of 95 | Posted by: Josh Bowden

“Bobby Lee, I don't think I ever told you but you were my Muse, one of four. Here are lines you gave George Caleb Bingham. I think they are now...Read More »
44 of 95 | Posted by: Kay (Bonetti) Callison

“Amber, I've never met your Dad, but it's obvious from what I've read that he made the world a better place for so many people. Glad to know that...Read More »
45 of 95 | Posted by: Bob Johnson

“Our deepest sympathies to the Dyer family. Bob was kind enough to offer his wonderful talents any time my family was in need, he was a true friend. ...Read More »
46 of 95 | Posted by: The Plagman Family

“Bob was uniquely talented artistically, and uniquely generous to his many friends and the still many more he so unselfishly helped. While Boonville...Read More »
47 of 95 | Posted by: John D. Hopkins

“I celebrate your life. Thank you for sharing it with us.Your memory will live on through your stories and songs, through your children and...Read More »
48 of 95 | Posted by: Roberta Weir

“Listening to your music and stories throughout the last few years, seeing you at the festivals, always telling the story of the Boonslick. The...Read More »
49 of 95 | Posted by: Hal McNeal

“Bob, How appropriate that when I made my way back to Missouri one of the first folks to welcome me was you. I will miss our visits, impromptu and...Read More »
50 of 95 | Posted by: Martin Northway

“Bob You will be missed. A ole classmate. ”
51 of 95 | Posted by: Tom Priester

“Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. Kurt Vonnegut ”
52 of 95 | Posted by: William Mathis

“Bob was a wonderful person and a great mentor. I regret loosing touch these past few years other than to hear him sing at various functions. I will...Read More »
53 of 95 | Posted by: Lea (Vetter) Lichty

“Bob's happy and caring attitude was one to which we can all aspire. He and his music will be missed, not only around the Boonville area alone, but...Read More »
54 of 95 | Posted by: Fred Richardson

“I didn't know Bob but I know and love his music. His passing is a great loss to the cultural fabric of mid-Missouri. ”
55 of 95 | Posted by: Erika

“I had met bob dyer only a few times in person. Usually I was with Don choate. I had heard him sing many many times in the last 20 years. He will be...Read More »
56 of 95 | Posted by: claudia larsen

“you were a good friend and i'm a better person for having known you ”
57 of 95 | Posted by: Greg Sorrell

“Bob you will be missed by the class of 1957.You were always there and will be missed. You were a good friend. ”
58 of 95 | Posted by: shirleyscott

“Amber, I remember the lunches we shared and how proud you were as you spoke about your home town, your dad, and his interesting career. I've often...Read More »
59 of 95 | Posted by: Karen Clark

“Dearest cousin, I feel so fortunate to have had you in my life all my life. Even though we rarely saw each other, your spirit has been a guide and...Read More »
60 of 95 | Posted by: Susan Newstead

“It's been great having Bob for a classmate, and friend all these years. We'll miss him. Our deepest sympathy to Sharon and the rest of Bob's family. ”
61 of 95 | Posted by: Logan & Marie Walters

“As you live on through your wonderful music you will be sorely missed. Thanks for the joy and knowledge you so graciously shared with others R.I.P. ”
62 of 95 | Posted by: Fred Carter

“So, Bob, we've come to this after nearly forty years.No longer mine, to consult, to learn from, to find that great leavening spirit that held so many...Read More »
63 of 95 | Posted by: John&Denise Brady

“Bob picked a good description for himself with Song Teller - I think the title from his Delta Queen steam boating days was a good one too: River...Read More »
64 of 95 | Posted by: John Krstansky

“Bob will certainly be missed. His songs will continue to play in our hearts! ”
65 of 95 | Posted by: Liz Mitchell

“Bob was a very dear classmate....he always held a special place in my heart. GOD bless your soul. ”
66 of 95 | Posted by: Dorothy (Shaw) Harlan

“Bob was one of the best of our tribe ... artist, historian, visioneer. Our lives were fuller with his presence ... we will keep his memory alive as...Read More »
67 of 95 | Posted by: John Randolph

“What a unique character Bob was, we all loved him dearly. So very sorry he will miss our Class of '57 50th reunion this summer. We'll miss him . . . ...Read More »
68 of 95 | Posted by: Pat (Painter) and Bob Todd

“Bobby Lee...you were the best...a kind and gentle soul. I have many wonderful memories of my friendship with you...times spent at your wonderful...Read More »
69 of 95 | Posted by: Cheryl Esser Bailey

“Hoka Hey! Rest in Peace Dear Friend KUAN CONTEMPLATION from my roof on a ridge above the valley visible once more between the leaves I watch a...Read More »
70 of 95 | Posted by: Tom Clardy

“"Jim, the Wonder Dog" is one of my favorite songs. I'm sorry that I never got to see you perform it in person. Thanks for the tunes. ”
71 of 95 | Posted by: Kevin Casey

“Bob, you've been such an invaluable asset to the Boonslick area. You are unequaled in your contributions to Boonville's cultural and historic...Read More »
72 of 95 | Posted by: John and Barbara Holtzclaw

“The cabin you built so long ago was an inspiration for the one I built, which you later lived in and titled "a house in the woods where a spirit...Read More »
73 of 95 | Posted by: Gary Leabman and Marsha Nyberg

“Bob had one of the best and purest souls. It was an honor to know him and I cherish memories of our friendship. ”
74 of 95 | Posted by: Nancy Brooker Bowers

“Over thirty years of friendship, so many stories, so much life, so many songs, so much to miss, so much to say, so few words seem worthy. Sharon and...Read More »
75 of 95 | Posted by: Martin Turner

“"And forever's a gift you're forever giving away." We'll miss you, Bob. ”
76 of 95 | Posted by: Laurie Lovell

“Amber: We are all so sorry about the passing of your Dad. I have thought about you a lot since you left us last year for Minnesota. I will keep...Read More »
77 of 95 | Posted by: Karen Jones

“You gave voice to all that we love about the midwest. ”
78 of 95 | Posted by: Ann & David

“My heart goes out to you all... Bob created so much for the Ozarks... he will be missed and in many hearts forever. ”
79 of 95 | Posted by: Alex Primm

“Bob, you will be sadly missed by the Boonslick community. Your dedication to the preservation of the history Boonville is unequaled. You have been...Read More »
80 of 95 | Posted by: John and Barbara Holtzclaw

“I own hundreds of LPs, all pressed against each other on two shelves in the living room here in Philadelphia. Bob Dyers 1983 masterwork, River of the...Read More »
81 of 95 | Posted by: David Lee Preston

“We will miss Bob on the river in Lupus. I will keep all of you in my thoughts. ”
82 of 95 | Posted by: Melanie Gerlach

“Ah finally from a place free of pain you can oversee all these things you have inspired in us come to fruition, the Big Muddy Festival and the...Read More »
83 of 95 | Posted by: Jeanie Cluff

“Bob's passing is a loss for all of us. I greatly admired his remarkable knowledge of the history and folklore of our region, as well as his musical...Read More »
84 of 95 | Posted by: Susan Barrett Meadows

“I'll always think of you with a guitar in your hands, Bob, because that's the way I knew you. The world is a sorrier place without you. ”
85 of 95 | Posted by: TERESA HUNTER

“Forty Years ago we were young together and good friends. I have always remembered Bob as a special person. He made my life richer. His passing...Read More »
86 of 95 | Posted by: Andy Simmons

“Sharon, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss. Bob really did fight the good fight. Sincerely, Paul & Kim ”
87 of 95 | Posted by: Paul & Kim Allen

“The staff of the Thacher Funeral Home wish to express our deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. ”
88 of 95 | Posted by: Richard Waters

“Ill miss you Bob, always a steady friend, a talented honest person, someone I always respected. What a great memorial the Big Muddy will be this...Read More »
89 of 95 | Posted by: Gary Campbell

“once upon a lawn... ”
90 of 95 | Posted by: lawnboy

“What a great man! We have been so fortunate to have him in our lives and community. He has left us a great creative legacy and we will be singing...Read More »
91 of 95 | Posted by: Nirtana Goodman

“I will miss you always and forever. RIP ”
92 of 95 | Posted by: Jessika

“Lay my head by a rippling river. Rest my bones by a cottonwood tree. Lord, and when I die just cover me over Down by the side of an Ozark stream. ...Read More »
93 of 95 | Posted by: Steve

“Farewell my friend-You have been my teacher, my mentor, my coffee making assistant,my confessor and everything a "big brother" aught to be. You will...Read More »
94 of 95 | Posted by: Jim Higbie

“Your presence was a big part of making the Big Muddy the great event it has become. You will be missed. I'm proud to have known you and to have...Read More »
95 of 95 | Posted by: Don Shorock


Robert L. Bob Dyer, 67, of Boonville passed away Wednesday morning April 11, 2007 at his home. There will be no funeral services. The family will have an open house on Saturday, April 14, 2007 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at their home on 513 E. High St. Boonville, Mo.
Bob was born May 22, 1939 at the St. Josephs Hospital in Boonville the son of Howard and Frances Bates Dyer.
He is survived by his wife Sharon of the home, one daughter Amber Moodie-Dyer of Saint Paul, Mn., two step daughters, Holly Peterson of Olathe, Ks., Emily Burch of New Franklin, Mo., six grandchildren, two brothers Bill Dyer of Boonville and Bates Dyer of Leavenworth, Ks.
Memorials can be made to the Friends of Historic Boonville.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Thacher Funeral Home in Boonville.
The online guest book can be signed at thacherwood.com