Pickering Funeral Home
403 N. Western, Mexico, Missouri 65265
Phone 888-581-3207 or 573-581-3207

Robert Lee Exendine

   Robert Lee Exendine, 103, of Mexico, died at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Pin Oaks Living Center in Mexico.

   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday July 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Pickering Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 p.m. 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

   He was born January 17, 1914 near Brownfield in Laclede County Missouri the son of Green Levingston and Lockey Jane Starnes Exendine. When he was a young man he was baptized in the Gasconade river. Robert married Lillie Geneva Crossland and had one son Robert Eugene “Gene” Exendine.

   Robert is remembered by family and friends as a kind, gentle man. Robert known as Papaw to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and others spent his life taking care of his family. At age 15 he and a cousin, Homer Gan cut timber from what would become The Lake of the Ozarks using a two-man crosscut saw. Papaw worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp planting trees and worked in the WPA paving highway 66 by wheeling cement. During WWII when he was called to serve he had an emergency appendectomy. When he had recovered somewhat from the surgery he was told to report to Kansas to work in the Hercules Powder Plant making munitions for the war effort. In 1948 driving through Mexico, MO he saw that A.P. Greens was hiring so he thought he would work at Greens for a while which became nearly 32 years.

   Papaw is survived by his son, Gene and daughter-in-law Jessie and his grandchildren; Sharon (Bruce) Swon, Karen (Greg) Haase, Rob (Leslie) Exendine, Rick (Julie) Exendine and Rhonda (Sam) Robinett; Great-grandchildren; Austin Swon, Casey Lawrence, Kadey Sartain, Kaleigh Exendine, Gabi Exendine, Morgan Robinett, Logan Robinett; Great-great-grandchildren; Ben and Annabelle Lawrence, Dale and Devin Sartain, and Will Swon; and a Brother, Truman Exendine of Oklahoma.

   Papaw was preceded in death by his parents and brothers; Marion, Alfred, George, and Ernest; Sisters, Tilda Reid, Martha Rogers, Clara Allison, Nancy Gan and Lillie Fuller.

Public Tributes and Expressions of Sympathy

He will be dearly missed. I remember being a little girl and bringing a supper plate to him every night after his wife passed away from my grandma JoAnn' s house. He'd always give us a dollar bill even when we told him he could keep it and we didn't meet it. He always insisted. On the rare occasions my grandma brought a plate to him, he would even give her one too. He was the kindest and gentlest soul you could ever meet. Fly high! ⤠- Amber Morris (Riechers)


Haven't seen him in years, but, he looks just like I remember. Like his brothers, Uncle Robert had the most amazing stories (tall tales) to tell. I can only imagine the reunion he and his siblings are having in Heaven. RIP Uncle Robert - Kathy Exendine Cannon


So sorry for your loss, each of you are in my prayers. - Melanie (Lavinder) Schuering


Nice fellow. Donna and I, new him while she has been in the nursing home. He could play that harmonica! Most people called him pops. Sweet guy he will be missed - Alan Smitj


Sorry to hear of the loss of your grandfather l am sure he will be missed. I really enjoyed talking to him when you brought him out here to look at the early construction phase of my house. Such a nice man! Take care Rick you are in our thoughts and prayers. - Bob & Kellie Livingston
My condolences to the Exendine family. As a little girl I remember Papaw tending to his garden in the hot summer sun with Mamaw. I hope they find each other in Heaven and can have a little garden again. - Karen Eskew