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Robert Joseph Edlen

July 30, 1935 — January 25, 2024

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Robert Joseph Edlen, 88, of Kahoka, MO passed away peacefully at 6:28 pm on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at his home.  Joe was born on July 30, 1935, in Keokuk, Iowa to Harold and Louise (Fox) Edlen.  He was united in marriage to Bessie Ann (Gregory) Edlen on June 13, 1954, at the Kahoka Christian Church Parsonage and she survives. 

Joe graduated from Kahoka High School. He then went on to further his education and graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Truman State University. Joe and Ann lived in Japan for four years, where Joe was in the Military Police in the Army, and then he spent two years in Germany. They moved to Columbia, MO, where Joe was on the Columbia Police Dept. for 10 years. He was a juvenile officer for Boone and Callaway counties, he also worked 8 years for Crawford Insurance as an arson investigator adjuster. In 1980 they became the owners of Gregory Antiques until retiring in 1997.  Joe was an avid trout fisherman and enjoyed wood working.  Joe was a charter member of the Clark County Moose Lodge. He also served on the board for the Kahoka Senior Center and was a Deacon and faithful member of the Kahoka Christian Church.  

Joe is survived by his wife Ann, 3 daughters: Teresa Denham of Kahoka, MO, Debra (John) Jones of Venus, TX, Kimberly (Tim) Johnson of Kirksville, MO, 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law: Rodney Scott, a sister: Mary Tayloe, and 1 brother: Stanley (Jack) Edlen.

Funeral Services with Full Military Rites for Robert Joseph Edlen will be held Monday, January 29, 2024, at 11:00 am at Wilson & Triplett Funeral Home, Kahoka, MO with burial in Kahoka Cemetery.  Pastor Rick Addison will officiate. Visitation will be held at the Wilson Triplett Funeral Home, January 29th, from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am.  Memorials in memory of Robert Joseph Edlen are suggested to Kahoka Senior Center or Local Kahoka American Legion Post 192. You are invited to share your memories of Joe and may leave a condolence at www.wilsontriplett.com    

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Visitation

Monday, January 29, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Wilson and Triplett Funeral Home

975 E Main St, Kahoka, MO 63445

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Funeral Service

Monday, January 29, 2024

11:00 - 11:45 am (Central time)

Wilson and Triplett Funeral Home

975 E Main St, Kahoka, MO 63445

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Interment

Monday, January 29, 2024

12:00 - 2:15 pm (Central time)

Kahoka Cemetery

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