Posted October 2nd, 2012 by Bill Apter

I just spoke with Bobby’s wife Donna who confirmed he died on Sunday September 30.

“He had contracted a bacterial infection that went into his blood,” she said. “It all happened so fast.”

Bobby, who lived with his family in a small town in Kansas, was working in Louisiana at the time of his death. He was involved in a disaster relief program in that state. He was only 64-years-old.

Bobby was a dear friend of mine. I had the pleasure of his company earlier this year. He telephoned me this past summer to tell me he was coming to my area (a suburb of Philadelphia) for a Department Of Homeland disaster relief project to which he was assigned.

It had been ages since I had seen Bobby and we spent hours at a local Japanese restaurant reminiscing about “the good old days.” A few days after that Bobby joined me with some friends for a buffet luncheon at a local Veterans Of Foreign Wars post. He was a very proud and passionate Vietnam war veteran.

I traveled up-and-down the roads of the Midwest and Florida with Bobby and he was always fun to be with due to his upbeat and funny personality. Bobby was also a well read student of the world. He enjoyed reading history books so very much.

Perhaps what I recall most about Bobby Jaggers is what formed our bond in the early late 1970′s. Bobby contacted me when I worked at the offices of Inside Wrestling magazine. He was an ardent reader of the mags and had an unusual request. He explained that he lost contact with his father (due to a personal family matter) so very long ago and totally lost track of him. His hoped we would run a story to help him find his dad. Long story made short — we ran the article and he was happily reunited with his father. The friendship bond between Bobby and I was totally cemented after that.

I will miss my friend Bobby Jaggers. I am so glad I got to see him earlier this year.

Bill Apter–10/2/12

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  1. By Darla Staggs, posted

    As I sit here with tears in my eyes, I want to thank you for posting this about my friend, Bobby. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. He was always such a great guy to be around…always upbeat. I’ll never forget the night that he, myself and Juanita (Sapphire) took in a Cardinals game. Our seats were at the top of the stadium and before you knew it, Bobby had us sitting down close behind dugout. I will never forget him. May he rest in peace!

  2. By Jessie James, posted

    I’ll always miss The Hangman!!!

  3. By Gary Juster, posted

    Nice tribute, Bill. I have good memories of working with Bobby. Didn’t know him well but he was always a gentleman. Sorry he died so young.

  4. bj i grew up watchin you never surrender

  5. By Mitch, posted

    Thank you for posting his passing.
    Bobby called me about a week ago to tell me that he was in Louisiana. Yesterday when I called his cell Donna picked and told me that he passed away Sunday. My friendship with Bobby started some 25 years ago. Eddie Gries introduced me to him when I was 18. It was the first time that I went to Puerto Rico. In fact Ted Petty came along and did TV as the Blue Max. Bobby was just one of the best guys to be around. His stories were great and he had nothing but love for his friends.
    When Bobby left Puerto Rico he went to work for Dusty in Florida. I drove down with George and his family in my van. George dropped me off in West Palm Beach, took the family and van to Naples. I spent a week with Bobby and Ray Candy. Bobby introduced me to Terry Funk who happened to have an extra bed in his room because I was sleeping on the floor.
    I could gone on and on about the great times we shared. It was great that he came over for dinner a few months ago to visit with my family.
    He loved his family very much.
    Bobby would always say Good Bye and I Love You.
    I Love You
    Good Bye My Friend

  6. By Jim Herron, posted

    When i lived in Virginia, we used to watch him wrestle with Rufus Jones, he was always a favorite. i was told that his wife is one of my 3rd cousins. Years later I moved back to Kansas. i was honored to finally meet him when he worked at IBP in Emporia, Ks. He was such a nice man. His family lives not too far from here. Our prayers are with them…

  7. By Kori, posted

    I knew Bobby through his family which is now like my 2nd family. Bobby was an amazing, kind, loving man. He was smiling and joking all the time. He loved his daughters more then anything u could see it when they were together. He was such a sight to see with his granddaughter Asiah too! We will miss u Bobby soooo much. His daughter always talked about how he was her hero. He is a hero Liz he will live forever in our hearts now. R.I.P hangman we will meet again someday

  8. By Jack Lepisto, posted

    I will remember the “hangman” from the days of watching tapes from Portland. he was a kick ass,no nonsense guy. He will be sadly missed, God bless and prayers go out to him family.

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