Bobby was born on February 17, 1933, in Boone County, the son of Todd Russell and Richie Ruth (Kemper) Bedsworth.
On September 7, 1952, in Boone County, Bobby married Shirley Johnson, and she survives.
Bobby graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Physical Education. While at Mizzou, Bobby was a member of the ROTC. After graduation, Bobby joined the United States Air Force and became a Fighter Pilot. He also served as a flight instructor during his time in the service. They lived in numerous places around the country and world, serving during the Vietnam War. During his time in the Air Force, Bobby was able to receive a Masters Degree from George Washington University.
Bobby loved to work; he farmed, raised cattle, had a custom hay baling business, and also owned a trailer court with his brother. Bobby was a founding member of the Hallsville Historical Society, he enjoyed history and genealogy. He wrote a book on the Red Top Cemetery, which he helped expand and bring the flag displays to the cemetery. He also wrote a genealogy of the Descendants of Noah Bedsworth.
Bobby truly loved his family and spending time with them. He bought a boat while living in Florida and taught all of his children to water ski.