Bobby L. “Bob” Divine, 85, a longtime Parsons resident, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Monday, March 29, 2021, at Elmhaven East in Parsons.
Bob was born on June 5, 1935, at Parsons to Bender and Nora Ethel (Wooldridge) Divine. He grew up at Parsons and attended Parsons schools, graduating from Parsons High School in 1953. Bob began building cabinets with his brother-in-law while still in high school. During his senior year he built the Crumpet Hut for his nephew, Don Divine.
In 1953, he began an apprenticeship in carpentry with Ted Bayless. In 1968, he began a career as a custom home builder constructing over 50 homes in the Parsons area. In 1993, he began work as maintenance supervisor for Woodworth Enterprises until he retired in 2015.
Bob played baseball and basketball and enjoyed watching and coaching his four children in their athletics. He never missed a ballgame or school event. He also loved golf and fishing, and he enjoyed traveling with his family and playing cards with friends. He also loved spending time with and visiting his grandkids and playing with his great-grandkids, who all adored him. In his younger years he was a member of the Parsons Jaycees.
He married Marilyn Jo Trammell on Aug. 1, 1953, at the First United Methodist Church in Parsons. She survives at Elmhaven East in Parsons.
Other survivors include his two sons, Terry Divine and his wife, Rhonda, of Willis, Texas, and Darin Divine and his wife, D’aun, of Kyle, Texas; his daughter, Kelley Stover and her husband, Troy, of Wichita; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his sister, Pat Cosby and her husband, Wayne, of Oswego; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his son, Mike Divine; four brothers; and three sisters.
A private service will be at Carson-Wall Funeral Home Friday morning with a public graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday at Springhill Cemetery in rural Parsons. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Babe Ruth League and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.