Robert Vest Hirst, Jr, 85, of Tipton, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, MO.
He was born June 22, 1935 to Vest and Fern (McGill) Hirst at Fremont, MO. On November 4, 1961 he was united in marriage to Glenda Nau at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Tipton.
Junior attended Baxter School and Tipton Public School, graduating from Tipton High School in 1953. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1953 and served until 1957. Junior worked for United Telephone Company and Sprint, retiring in 1993. He loved working with his cattle operation and also enjoyed gardening and hunting. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of his life.
Survivors include his wife Glenda of 59 years; three children, Jeannette (Jon) Daniel, Rob (Deb) Hirst, and Lawrence (Tracy) Cooper; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren with one more on the way; two brothers, Paul (Diana) Hirst, Ronnie (Judi) Hirst; and one sister, Carol Wirths.
In addition to both of his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Tina Hirst-Cooper; and one sister, Phyllis Huddleston.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Tipton. Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with full military honors to follow provided by the Tipton American Legion Edgar Cole Post 304 and the United States Navy.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Central Missouri Honor Flight in care of Meisenheimer Funeral Home.
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