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Hero Down: Kansas DOC Corrections Supervisor George Robare Dies From COVID-19

Kansas DOC Corrections Supervisor George “Bernie” Robare served his department for 36 years.

Kansas City, KS – Kansas Department of Corrections (DOC) Corrections Supervisor George “Bernie” Robare died on May 11, following a battle with COVID-19.

The 61-year-old corrections supervisor fell ill with a 101-degree fever on April 22, his wife, Susan, told The Kansas City Star.

Susan took him to be tested for the novel coronavirus, then brought him home and quarantined him in their bedroom.

“Every day he didn’t feel like eating and it got progressively worse,” Susan explained. “He complained of a constant headache that Tylenol would not take care of.”

Corrections Supervisor Robare, a leukemia survivor and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was ultimately admitted to the hospital with a shortness of breath on April 28.

By that time, his coronavirus test had come back positive.

It was the last time Susan saw him.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” his grieving widow told The Kansas City Star.

Corrections Supervisor Robare was able to speak with Susan on the phone one last time on May 2.

He told her he planned to beat the virus so he could walk their daughter down the aisle during her wedding next year, The Kansas City Star reported.

Corrections Supervisor Robare was placed on a ventilator three says later.

He succumbed to the novel coronavirus on May 11.

Susan said that over the past decade, her husband beat leukemia and also survived a disease that resulted in him having his esophagus removed, The Kansas City Star reported.

She described him as a “fighter.”

“Unless they have somebody affected by this, they have no clue,” Susan told The Kansas City Star. “They have no clue how it’s destroying lives.”

Corrections Supervisor Robare served the DOC for 36 years, WDAF reported.

He was assigned to the Lansing Correctional Facility for his entire career, according to KCUR.

“Our staff put themselves on the frontlines every day, but especially during this pandemic,” Kansas DOC Secretary Jeff Zmuda told The Kansas City Star. “We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and to those who worked alongside him for so many years. This is an extremely sad day and one that we hoped would never come.”

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said she was “extremely saddened” to learn of Corrections Supervisor Robare’s death, WDAF reported.

“I extend my condolences to both his family and those who worked alongside him,” Kelly said.

In addition to his wife, Corrections Supervisor Robare leaves behind his daughter, Rachel.

He is also survived by his six siblings, as well as many friends and extended family members, according to his obituary.

His memorial service will be held in Kansas City on July 18, KWCH reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Kansas Department of Corrections Corrections Supervisor George “Bernie” Robare, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Holly Matkin - May Tue, 2020


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