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Robert G. Raleigh 1952-2013

Hon. Robert RaleighThe Honorable Robert Gerst Raleigh, 61, of Florissant, Mo., born Feb. 11, 1952, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Bob was of counsel at Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, and also served as a municipal court judge for the City of Florissant, Mo.

Bob graduated from McCluer High School in 1970, then received a bachelor's degree from Drury College in 1979. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1983 and was admitted to both the Missouri and Illinois bars.

Bob was a gifted with beautiful tenor voice and loved to sing. He glorified God by singing in the Chancel Choir of Central Presbyterian Church. He was invited to sing in the Home of Jack Buck on several Christmas Eves. He loved to make people laugh, and was a proud member of The Courthouse Steps and the Dogtown Tenors.

Bob was a member of the Order of the Veiled Prophet and loved dressing to the nines and escorting his girlfriend, Noelle, to the Veiled Prophet Ball every December. He was also a board member of the Hot City Theatre, a volunteer for the St. Louis Variety Club, and a member of Elks Lodge 9. Bob was a season ticket holder at the Muny and also was an avid fan of shows at the Fox Theater.

Bob had a deep compassion for all animals and was an ardent supporter of the Humane Society of Missouri and the Belleville Humane Society. He had a fierce love for his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Charlie, who served as the 2011 HSMO Bark in the Park Mascot. He was happiest simply sitting on his couch snuggling with and receiving canine kisses from Charlie and Noelle's dogs, Oscar and Fenway.

Bob will be remembered for his jovial, gregarious spirit and his talent for telling jokes and making people laugh. He was kind, gentle, loyal, generous and loving. He was truly an honorable gentleman and will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Isabelle Gerst Raleigh and his father, James R. Raleigh, Jr.

He is survived by his one true love, Noelle Miles and his beloved dog Charlie, as well as his Chancel Choir family at Central Presbyterian Church; his friends at Armstrong Teasdale and the Florissant Court; his brothers in the Order of the Veiled Prophet and many friends in the field of law and the world of animals.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or the Humane Society of Missouri.

Posted on August 29, 2013 by Chris Bonjean