Served in the U.S. Marine Corps

Robert Spencer “Whitey” Miskimen, age 89, of Laurie, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at his home.  He was born June 23, 1924, in Kansas City, Missouri, a son of the late Herbert Spencer and Mildred Mae Downs Miskimen.

 On December 5, 1967, in Miami, Oklahoma, he was united in marriage to Virginia Lee Atwood, who preceded him in death on May 9, 2004. 

He was veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in World War II from 1942 to 1945.

 Whitey owned and operated his own newspaper route in Kansas City, carrying the Kansas City Star daily until he retired and sold his route.

 After retiring to the lake, he became active in the Gravois Mills Volunteer Fire Department. He was a 68 year member of the American Legion and transferred his membership to the Zack Wheat Post 624 in Sunrise Beach while living at the lake.  He was also a 24 year member of the Elks Lodge and was a member of the Osage Community Elks Lodge 2705 in Laurie.  Whitey was a life member of both the VFW Post 5902 in Gravois Mills and the Disabled American Veterans.  He enjoyed his active retirement by attending various dances in the lake area.

 He is survived by his daughter, Linda Harris and husband John of Kansas City, Missouri; step-daughter, Judy Carlson and husband Don of Gresham, Oregon; grandson, Matthew Harris; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his special friends, Cathy Charter, Richard and Annette Skaar and Betty Thompson all of Laurie; and many other relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 17th, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. Graveside services and interment will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Compassus, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.  Expressions of sympathy may be left online  Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.