We got to know Bob and Gail through Queen of the Holy Rosary and St. Thomas High School. Our kids were classmates and friends. A great family! Such nice people. Bob always had a friendly smile and positive optimistic way about him. When Colleen was lost, we shared their grief and felt their pain. It was so tragic. When we saw the Foote's, we enjoyed hearing about their family business ventures and acquisitions. Bob was a bigger than life guy who had an unparalleled drive and business savvy. He has friends and associates all over the Midwest. Great family and great family man. God watch over Gail and the Foote Family.
Had the opportunity to meet Bob a couple times through banking relationships. Went 2 years without seeing him then caught him at 7:30am Sunday mass at St. Michaels one morning. I took my wife Jessica and caught up with he and Gail after mass walking to the car, and re-introduced myself. He actually remembered me and said "John and Jessica, follow us." After slowly walking and chatting our way to the Suburban, he pulled out two large bags of sweet corn and handed them over in the church parking lot. A simple but great Bob moment!
To the Foote Family: I was saddened by Bob's passing, but I know Bob would want us to smile and laugh when remembering him. I knew that Bob had made the decision to never "drink" again before I met him, but I was never very sure how long ago that occurred. Based on my personal experience, I hope everyone in the family respects how important that decision was for the success and happiness of your family. My father never made that commitment and it led to a lot of stress and unhappiness.
I had the opportunity to visit with Bob many times. It was always eventful. One of the conversations that I remember that caused both of us to laugh occurred during the worst of the COVID and the problems in the cattle market. Bob made the comment in jest " I don't know why we do this (feed cattle) but I suppose it is because we don't play golf. We have to do something. It just caught me funny and we had a good laugh. But I believe it reflected many things about Bob. We all need to be doing something and that drove him to always move forward with an optimistic view.
God bless the Foote family!!
Bob taught me a lot and gave me many great stories to tell. The memory I cherish the most is the day I was lucky enough to spend with Bob & Gail at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day in 2015. Watching how much fun they had together on their bucket list trip brought me great joy!
I got to know Bob and Gail in about 1986-1990. They were customers at the Bank I worked. I became a fan of the Foote family right away. Greg, was just a toddler but was always at Gail's side. They were always so good to work with and always forthright with everything they did! Bob was driven and at that time, growing quite fast! Just quality people, that anyone would want as a customer. Then as they say "It is a small world" , Bob's sister worked with my wife at a Hallmark store? Bob pastured cattle with my cousin in the Flint Hills, it just seemed like everytime I turned around there was a connection to Bob Foote. Just a fine, fine man! I am so proud to have been a small piece of the success he became, and to have been an acquaintance of his in his earlier life. I am sorry for your loss, but am so thankful, that he is now with Colleen, and is spending time that I know he sadly missed. May God Bless Gail and all of you on your loss!
I was fortunate to have a unique perspective of Bob in the fact that they shared their son Scott with us and we shared Michelle with their family. More than once Bob just called me out of the blue and said something like " Aren't we about as lucky as anybody can be to have the grandkids we 've got, They're just awesome!" As tough as Bob was i think I can safely say that the only thing he loved more than feeding cattle was his family. I will always greatly respect him for that.
Specifically remember a time when Jim and I were tasked by Bob to move 100-lb tractor weights across the shop during teenage years. Bob left us to our task for a while and returned disappointed in the progress. Evidently carrying them 1 at a time was not sufficient. After a quick scolding he carried 4 of them across the room! The lesson has served me well ever since -- work as hard as you can and get the job done! Love my Uncle Bob. Appreciate the lesson very much!
Bob and I had some great disscussions about feeding cattle. My favorite was me telling him to go ahead and buy a few of the fleshy cattle at my sale too, not just the green ones! He told me: “tell them farmers to sell me the cattle AND the corn! We’d both be better off!” He was good to me in the auction business and to my family!
Thank you !! to all Foote Family for all the support you have offer me taking care of my family, and providing education for my kids, thanks to them I was able to offer everything they needed, and specially to Bob for making all this possible, May God bring peace to all his family !
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