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Bob Leftridge, 81 of Ozark, died peacefully on September 21, 2023.
For decades, Bob was a popular and admired performer in Branson, celebrated as a singularly talented man of music and comedy. In the early ‘60s, Bob and Bill took their comedy act to Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry, the popular Lake of the Ozarks variety show where Bob would study the comedy and emcee skills that would later become a lifelong career. A terrific songwriter, Bob penned half of the album’s songs and also wrote hits for other Nashville greats like Lester Flatt and Johnny Paycheck. Bob’s two sons, Shane and Steve, were born during his time in Nashville.
In the early ‘70s, Bob returned to Missouri, settling in southwest Missouri where he became the frontman for the Ozarks Country Jubilee in Springfield and later Branson, starting the career that would make him a legend.
Bob is survived by his wife Kay; his son Shane, daughter-in-law Colleen, and grandchildren Jack and Evaline; his son Steve and grandchildren Henry and Logan; his sister Joyce Killen, brother-in-law Tony, and nephews Mike Killen and Keith Killen; and countless other beloved great-nephews, great-nieces, beloved family and dear friends.
A visitation will be held for Bob Leftridge at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at First Baptist Ozark, with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m. under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Dr. Phillip Burden and Pastor Chris Thixton officiating.
Cremation rites will be accorded by Adams Crematory, Ozark, and arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.