Obituary of Kenneth Bobb (1928 – 2021) – Seymour, IN


Dr Kenneth E. Bobb, 93, from Seymour, died on October 21, 2021 at Schneck Medical Center.
He was born in Seymour, IN in 1928, to Florence Charlotte Thias Bobb and Jesse Harry Bobb. He lived at 830 S. Walnut St. in Seymour until the age of seven, thereafter he lived at 615 S. Poplar St. in Seymour.
From grades one to eight, he attended the Emmanuel Lutheran School. He went from grades 9 to 12 at Shields High School, Seymour. His undergraduate studies were at the IU Bloomington campus from 1946 to 1949, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology. He attended the IU School of Medicine from 1949 to 1952 in Indianapolis and received his MD in June 1952.
His general rotational training took place at Indianapolis General Hospital from June 1952 to July 1953. He was in the inactive status of the US Air Force Reserve from 1952 to 1953 and entered active service from 1953 in 1954 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. From 1954 to 1955, his service status was General Practitioner at the USAF General Hospital in Nagoya, Japan. He was released from active service in August 1955 and remained in the USAF reserve until 1960.
He began his general practice of medicine at 410 S. Chestnut St. in Seymour on August 5, 1955. He remained in this office until 1999. His practice was a full general practice of medicine with obstetrics and anesthesia. About 20% of her practice time was spent on general anesthesia. The estimated number of obstetric deliveries was 2,000 over the course of her practice. The total number of cases of anesthesia during the period of active practice has been estimated to be over 10,000. He practiced solo until 1984 when Dr. Dan Walters joined him as a partner. In 1999 he left the firm of 410 S. Châtaignier where he had been for 44 years. He sold the building and his share of the practice to Dr. Walters in August 1999. Subsequently, he established a practice in Crothersville, IN, which was a revival of the former practice of Dr. Butler for many years. He practiced in Crothersville for 2 years.
In August 1994, he started the Palliative Care Program at Jackson County Hospital and remained the program director and practitioner until January 2010.
In 2002-2003, as a member of a steering committee in Jackson County, he helped develop a federally licensed community health center to serve the underinsured and underserved citizens of Jackson County. The health center began in offices on Jackson Park Drive and moved to a renovated space in the community agency building on South Chestnut Street in Seymour. He was medical director and caregiver from the last quarter of 2003 until his retirement in 2009.
He was the medical director of the Lutheran Community Home from the start of the home’s development until January 2014. He resigned his position as an active staff member at Schneck Medical Center in January 2010. He was subsequently an honorary staff member.
He was a Jackson County health worker from 1999 to 2016.
He has been active in organized medical societies all his professional life. He was a life member of the State of Indiana and the National Medical Society. He was also a life member of the state and national academies of family medicine, of which he had joined in 1956.
He was a registered family physician from 1974 to 1999. He chose not to take any further certification exams in 1999 as he planned to retire from active practice at the age of 71. He remained a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He rotated the chairs of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians and was elected president in 1976. He was a delegate to the National Academy of Family Physicians from 1977 to 1983. He served as chairman of the committee. mental health, member of the professional responsibility committee and member of the finance committee during his tenure as delegate to the AAFP national convention.
His civic activities included: Membership in the Immanuel Lutheran Church since 1942, member of the Seymour Lions Club 1955-1970, member of the Elks Club of Seymour 1960-1999, honorary member of the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour since 1999, he was the principal Lawyer funds for the $ 250,000 raised to build the new Boys and Girls Club Gymnasium, which was named Ian S Templeton Gymnasium, in honor of Surgeon General Ian S. Templeton who practiced at Seymour until his retirement and retirement. died 1997. Dr. Templeton was a long-time member of the club’s board of directors. Dr Bobb served on the Indiana State Board of Health as an advisory board member and was chairman of the $ 1.8 million fundraising campaign in 1994 for the Immanuel de Seymour Lutheran Church. .
His accolades include family physician of the year; awarded by the Indiana Academy of Family Medicine, Sagamore of the Wabash; nominated by Governor Ed Whitcomb during his tenure as Governor of Indiana, Seymour Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Sertoma Outstanding Citizen Award, Sertoma Honorary Member, Renaissance Committee Wall of Fame of the Seymour High School,
JM Black, MD Lifetime Achievement Award from Boys and Girls Club, Lester D. Bibler, MD, Indiana Academy of Family Physicians Award. His IU affiliations include being a member of the JO Ritchey Society, IU Medical School Dean’s Council, Arbutus Society, IU Alumni Association and he has also endowed the IU Medical School Kenneth E. Bobb Fellowship.
He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Barbara J. Soultz Bobb McIntosh, Tim Willman (son of Nelline Bobb, his second wife), his brother, Harlan Jesse Bobb, his sister-in-law Joan Rodgers Bobb, and his grandson Oren Dorell.
He is survived by his children; Michael L. (Pamela) Bobb, Deborah A. (Paul) Schleter, Steve J. (Teresa) Bobb, his grandchildren; Jesse Bobb, Clinton (Kelly) Bobb, Virginia Knapp Dorell, Sarah Knapp and Rachel (Page) Drum, her great-grandchildren; Madison Bobb, Collin Bobb, Elaine Ellis, Amara Ellis, Malcolm Dorell and Leo Dorell.
He was married to Barbara Jean Soultz 1952-1965, he was married to Nelline Clancy Willman from 1967 to 1995 and Juanita Carol Simmons James from May 27, 2000 to today.
He is also survived by his children by marriage to Nelline, including Rodney (Margie) Willman, their daughter Chris Willman and Deborah (Greg) Comstock and their son Matthew Findley; Carol’s stepchildren include Julie (Roger) Hapka and their children Thomas, Eric and Holly, as well as a daughter, Janet Gessling and daughter Katharine Blair Gessling.
His hobbies included quail hunting and trapping.
He was known for many sayings such as “Work hard and the rewards will be there”, “That too will pass” and “Live each day as if you are going to live long, but plan to die tomorrow”. These were not original lyrics, but the last one was transmitted to him by his friend Everett Hap Moritz.
His first fond memory was of his mother, Florence, with him on her lap, reading a comic strip in the early thirties called “Peter Wiggly”. In addition, he rode with his father in a horse-drawn wagon as he delivered milk to customers at 3 a.m. He also remembered working at Snyder’s Dairy in elementary and high school, where he learned the value of hard work. He spent a summer vacation in his youth on his grandparents’ farm where he learned more about the value of hard work, but also to appreciate hard work. As he grew in stature and weight, he was often used as a substitute for unpaid laborers. He was happy to be able to do the kind of “adult” work often leading horses and mules, plowing, mowing hay and threshing wheat. His grandfather often said that he worked “like a man” and that put the wind in his sail.
Friends can call at Voss Chapel on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 9 a.m. until the time of service at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Services will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Interment to follow at Riverview Cemetery.
For those wishing to pay a final tribute, the family will take the following route from Emmanuel Lutheran Church to Riverview Cemetery and encourage the public to shower Dr. Bobb with love on his final trip.
From the Emmanuel Lutheran Church:
1. North on Walnut St.
2. Turn east on Brown St.
3. Turn north on Chestnut St.
4. Turn east on 4th St.
5. Turn north on Ewing St.
6. Riverview Cemetery
Memorials can be given to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, the Schneck Medical Center Foundation Cancer Center, the Schneck Hospice, the Lutheran Community House or the Boys and Girls Club.

Posted by Voss and Sons Funeral Service on October 24, 2021.

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