Robert Lynn Obituary (2022) – Saint Louis, MO

Lynn, Robert Ray

Robert R Lynn 9/18/32 – 8/22/22.

Preceded in death by his mother Florence (nee Mindrup) Lynn, father Jesse Ray Lynn, sister Ann Lynn Bennett, brother Jim Lynn and his wife of over 50 years, Margaret “Peggy” (nee Prinster) Lynn. Father to Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Lynn. “Adopted Father” to Donna Nowling-Stephens and “Father-in-law equivalent” to Brad Cohea. Uncle Bob to many nieces & nephews, Brother-in-law, cousin, friend, colleague & co-conspirator to so many.

Although Bob never really “grew up”, he was born and raised mainly in St. Charles, Missouri.

He attended St. Charles High School, then The University of Missouri Columbia where he majored in journalism. Bob was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army and was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, NC. Some have theorized that jumping out of planes may have contributed to his short stature.

Bob and Peggy were married in 1955 & lived in Houston for a few years before moving back to St. Charles.

Bob loved music and loved to sing. Early on, he was active in the First Baptist Church and directed the youth choir. Later in life he joined Borromeo, sang in their choir and taught music to the Vacation Bible School kiddos. Bob also sang with the St. Charles Choral Society.

Robert R. was hired as News director at KxOK radio in the early 60s. Before FM radio was readily available, it was THE station to listen to for all the top 40 hits, and Bob worked there at the height of its popularity. He played charity basketball events with the KxOK Allstars at local high schools and made many appearances at concerts and sock hops in the greater St. Louis area.

Just for fun, Bob took the summer of 1969 off in order to be in the Muny Opera chorus. He was in every production that year except the week the Bolshoi ballet performed – he didn’t think he’d look good in a tutu.

After 20 years at KxOK, Bob left to work at KMOX and WIL. He did many freelance jobs around St. Louis and a few around the country. He traveled from Hawaii to Paris with Ralston Purina to MC their awards ceremonies. He and Peggy liked Hawaii so much that they went back nearly every year on their own & especially loved whale watching.

Bob starred in the production of “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” Off Broadway at Grand Center. He had parts in the movies “Escape From New York”, “Truman” and “Gone in the Night”. Robert R. also participated in the radio series “The Secret of Dominion”. He had a great time acting, and occasionally directing the annual Ad Club Gridiron Dinner.

He taught broadcast journalism for a few semesters at Lindenwood College.

In his spare time, Bob loved to golf, play bridge, pinochle, gamble, travel, go trout fishing and take float trips with “the bridge club” – many of whom were friends from high school (some of whom MAY have gotten tipped into the ice cold water by him). He was devoted to his mother, and Bob & Peggy took Florence to state parks, Vegas and Hawaii whenever the opportunity arose.

Bob was a huge fan of the St.Louis Cardinals & rarely missed watching a game.

He leaves behind 2 well loved (& VERY well fed) cats, Bubba & Baby, who will continue to be spoiled by their human step-sister.

Most of all, Bob had FUN with whatever he was doing. He was a broadcaster, comedian, an actor/singer/director and a goofball. He will live on in our hearts as we recount many “Robert R. stories”.

Services: Planning a Celebration of Life in October. Details not yet available.

Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Aug. 28, 2022.

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