It has been four months since the death of brother, friend, son, and Wymore native, Robert, Bobby Maples, but that doesn’t mean his presence isn’t still very much in the forefront of everyone’s mind. Bobby passed away after a tragic motorcycle accident along a two-way highway in rural Cheery County. He would have been 26 on October 18th, and to help raise money for his family, his friend put together Bobbypolooza. A night of Stars Hockey with some of the proceeds going to his family along with a gofundme page for those who just want to donate.
Bobby was a friend to everyone he met but to so many he was more like family. Longtime friend and Bobbypolooza organizer Josh Crawford recalls how they became friends.
“And I think that first year I didn’t really get to know him too well. It wasn’t until Upward Bound the following year is when we started hanging out a lot more because we bonded over playing video games and stuff. So that summer before his freshman year we all decided we were going to go to a Halo tournament down in Wichita Kansas. And so we all packed up and it was a bunch of friends and a few more people that came along with us. And that was the first time, I think, we spent extended time with Bobby because we now found out Bobby was not bashful by any means.”
Withier you had known Bobby since you were kids like Crawford or only a short time like I had, his infectious personality left a mark that will hold as tight as the hugs he gave and the advice he spoke.
“When you meet him once and it feels like you’ve known him for five years. People just gravitate that.”
Bobbypolooza will take place at the Stars Hockey game on October 13th to celebrate his Birthday and one of his favorite sports. For more information on tickets or to donate there is an event on facebook. Just search Bobbypolooza. B-o-b-b-y-p-o-l-o-o-z-a. Reporting in Wymore. I’m Lauren Hubka, News Channel Nebraska.