Robert Eugene “Bob” Binns of Baxter Springs, Kan., died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. He was 68.

He was born April 29, 1938, in Baxter Springs Kansas to James Arthur “Art” Binns and Eve Verona Binns. He was a life long resident of Baxter Springs. He graduated from Baxter Springs High School and attended Kansas State Teachers' College in Pittsburg, Kan., on an athletic scholarship.

He founded and operated several businesses including Baxter Casket Company and Binns Rodeo Company. After retiring from Eagle-Picher Industries, he worked as territory manager for Tri-State Outdoor Media. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge A.F.&A.M. No. 71 of Baxter. For the past 20 years, he operated The Carriage Trade, providing horse-drawn vehicles.

He married DeAnne Rae Ball on Nov. 6, 1957, at the Ottawa Baptist Indian Mission. She survives.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Lindy Binns; one son and his wife, Robert Scott and Lawana Binns; one brother and his wife, Richard “Dick” and Chris Binns, and five grandchildren, Summer Kemp, Laura Kemp, Ryan Kemp, Justin Kemp and Katie Kemp.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Leo Binns.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Baxter Springs with the Rev. Gerald Dyer and the Rev. Jeff Street officiating. Interment will be in Baxter Springs Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel in Baxter Springs.

Memorials are suggested to either the USD 508 Education Foundation in care of the funeral home or to his church, the First Baptist Church of Baxter Springs.