Aubrey Henry "Bobby" Squires, 83, of Marshall, formerly of Fortuna, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2008, at St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City.
A celebration of life funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2008, at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles, with Pastor J.J. White officiating. Burial will be in Moreau Cemetery, near Tipton. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent online to www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
He was born June 3, 1924, in England, but grew up in Ireland. He was united in marriage in England to Eilleen Hurst, who preceded him in death in 1982. He was 14 years old when he left school and went to work with horses. He became a jockey and was 17 years old when he won his first race as an amateur. He was drafted in 1942 and assigned to the Royal Army. He was a "batman;" an orderly for Maj. Edwards. He participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy and saw heavy combat in France. He fought in several battles throughout Europe, but Falaise Gap in France was the toughest in which he fought. He lost a lot of friends, including his best friend there. He was with the Royal Ordnance Army until he joined the 21st Army in Belgium. After he got out of the Army, he returned to horse racing. He later moved to Florida to work on a horse track and then became an assistant trainer in Kentucky. He left there to work with Morgan horses before he retired. He was a member of Moose Lodge 1494 of Sedalia and enjoyed dancing.
He is survived by one son, Robert Squires, of Tipton; his fiancée, Margaret Linda Mobley, of Marshall; one sister, Barbara Pedersen and her husband, John, of Gloucester, England; and many other relatives and friends.
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