Robert Edward Viard, Jr.

Robert E. Viard, Jr., 59, of Shawnee, KS passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at his home.


Robert was born September 7, 1959 to Barbara and Robert Viard in Kansas City, MO.  He graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest in 1977.  He worked as a Project Engineer for Midwest Conveyor and Beumer Corp. before retiring in 2015. 


Robert is preceded in death by his biological father, Robert, second father, Grady Gregory, a sister, Vickie Wahl, a sister in law, Debi Gregory and a niece, Amanda Pratt. 


He is survived by his mother, Barbara; two sisters, Shelley Gilmore and husband Bill; Elaine Lindstrom and husband Paul; four brothers, Michael Gregory; Kirt Gregory and wife Julie; Jeff Viard; Craig Gregory and wife Lisa; five nephews, Shawn Traxson; Nate Wahl; Aaron Pratt and wife Jessica; Tyler Gregory; Travis Gregory and wife Faith; three nieces, Hannah Benisch and husband Chris; Caitlin Kelly and husband Trynt; Denah Gregory and many great nieces and nephews. 


Visitation and Service

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the Amos Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Robert will be laid to rest in Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens. 

Memorial Contributions

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105. 

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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Monday, Jan. 14th 2019 | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Robert Edward Viard, Jr.”

  1. Deborah McDowell Broockerd Says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. Rob was a special part of our family for so many years & we are so sad to hear of his passing. I will always remember him with great fondness.

  2. Elaine Thomas Says:

    Rob, you always felt like my big brother! I have known you since the 6th grade! You and the Brady BunchYou will be missed very much! I’m sad that you had to go but I’m glad you don’t have to suffer! You can now be with your heavenly family! RIP forever in our hearts! Until we meet again! God has gained another Angel! Love Always! your friend Elaine Thomas

  3. Frank Warmoth Says:

    To Rob’s Family, I offer my heartfelt condolences. I was President of DMW and Beumer and Rob was an extremely valuable member of those teams. Not only was he a project engineer, but a project manager, and Director of Engineering. In over 40 years in material handling I never met a more knowledgeable engineer. Rob was blessed with a fantastic memory and was viewed by all as a storehouse of knowledge. We all relied on him and felt the loss when he decided to retire. I’m sad that he didn’t have more years to enjoy it. I retired and moved to SC, so I won’t be able to attend services, but I will be thinking of him.

  4. Simon Shipp Says:

    I had the pleasure of working with and learning from Rob for several years at Beumer Kansas City. Rob would tell you, in no uncertain terms when you were right and for sure when when you were wrong. His knowledge was unequaled and he taught us all something.

    Sometimes you meet people who have forgotten more than you will ever know about a given subject, this was Rob. Our industry just became much weaker with his passing.

    My deepest condolences to the family.

  5. Swanand Joshi Says:

    Rob, you were a great mentor with a plethora of hands on knowledge. What made you so great was your down-to-earth nature and willingness to share your knowledge. I enjoyed all our conversations as I always learnt something new every time. I will miss your witty jokes and straight forward nature.Thank you for everything! May god give your loved ones strength in these tough times. Rob, you will be greatly missed.

  6. Dave Van Dyne Says:

    Rob, you had a practical, no-nonsense approach to the material handling business. I was amazed at your recall power and industry knowledge. I am glad that I got the chance to work with you. We even went fishing one time and had some good luck. I hope you are in a sportsman’s paradise now, Rob. Farewell, old friend.

  7. Janell Green Says:

    Rob i will miss you. Im glad i have years of joy,fun,and friendship to look back on. You were a Good Friend to me Always! Even when we debated things and examined life in good times and bad. I appreciated your laughter and kindness. Im sure there will be a chiefs win this yr with you and our other heavenly loved ones cheering from above. 🙂 With my heartfelt sympathy to your entire family. Keeping you all in prayer at this unexpected difficult time. Rest in Peace Rob! With Love, Janell Green.

  8. Jeff Twigg Says:

    Love you brother. I will miss all those crazy late night rides in the Rambler with the hole in the floor board. Of corse it was on the passanger side and you didn’t think it was so bad in the middle of the winter. You will leave a big hole in all our hearts that know you. God speed

  9. William Sanders Says:

    RIP my Friend

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