I know that many of you knew Bob, either through his work on the MoSGA Journal, through his websites, or from speaking with him at MoSGA Annual Conferences. If you, like me, considered him a good friend, you will miss those emails from "Bob Doerr in the Beautiful Missouri Ozarks" as much as I already do.
Dear Friends and Relatives of Robert M. Doerr,
We wanted to reach out to you and let you know that Bob passed to Heaven on Saturday, September 26th, 2009, at 9:30 p.m. central time, following a nearly two-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was at peace at his long-time home in Rolla, Missouri, and comforted by family members including his lovely wife Vivian, his youngest of five daughters, Teresa, and two nephews, Greg and Steve Doerr. Bob is also survived by his daughters Karen, Cheryl, and Christine, plus 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. And thankfully, he is now with his daughter Peggy, who passed in 2004.
Bob was born in November 1927, and developed hundreds of relationships with great people, like you. He met you through one of his many careers, professional hobbies, volunteer organizations, church activities, or maybe even through international travel or genealogy research. You may have enjoyed vegetables from his gigantic backyard garden, or if you were extra lucky, you enjoyed a fishing/canoe trip with him on one of the Ozark's National Scenic Riverways (a name that some say he coined).
A dedicated editor of the MoSGA Journal for 17 years, Bob worked on his last journal issue even during his final days, while he made preparations to pass the "editor's torch" to his successor, a talented young woman in Osage Beach, Missouri. He spoke highly of her and had complete faith in her to continue the journal's valuable progression. Bob received the journal's President's Award in 2007.
Known fondly as "Captain Tootsie," Bob tirelessly supported the Rolla Knights of Columbus for many years, chairing their annual fund raiser to support citizens with intellectual disabilities. The fund raiser is also well known as The Tootsie Roll Drive, which as you know takes place in many cities, states, and countries each October.
A funeral Mass for Bob will take place at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rolla, Missouri, on Saturday, October 17th, 2009. The time will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, he had requested heart-felt donations be made to the The Nature Conservancy. Bob was the sole surviving founding officer of the conservancy's Missouri Chapter, established in 1956. You can learn more and donate at:
Thank you for being his good friend, admired colleague, or close family member. He loved you, and all the ways that you enriched his incredible life. We will always remember "Bob Doerr in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks." And we hope to share memories with you in person on October 17th.
The Family of Robert M. Doerr