Robert E. “Bob” Gartner, 74, of Lohman, passed away Friday, July 23, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital.
He was born January 11, 1947, in St. Louis, the son of the late Joseph I. and Vitalia V. (Bartinikas) Gartner.
Bob was a 1964 graduate of Hillsboro High School, attended Jefferson College and graduated in 1970 from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He played baseball throughout his college career at both JeffCo and K-State. He also completed the Northwestern University Traffic Institute Training Program from 1979-1980.
He was united in marriage on October 3, 1970, in House Springs, Missouri to Sandra “Sandi” Hayes who survives at the home.
Bob worked for the Missouri State Highway Patrol as a Trooper from 1971, working through the ranks, until his retirement in 2000 as a Captain and Director of the Criminal Records Identification Division. Following retirement, he served as Director of Security at the Missouri State Lottery from 2000 until he retired in 2009.
He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church, charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 7194, St. Jude’s Fourth Degree Assembly 1567, the Missouri Troopers Association, THE MASTERS, the Kansas State University Alumni Association, and the K-Club.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sandi Gartner, Lohman; three children, Amy (Bill) Duke, Tipton; Mike (Jackie) Gartner, Centertown; Liz (Chris) Cote, Glen Ellyn, IL; eight grandchildren, David (Jessie) Nicolaescu, Jacob Duke, Connor Duke, Sam Duke, Ryan Gartner (Emily Campbell), Mackenzi Gartner, Nolan Gartner, and Logan Cote; two great-grandchildren, Emme and Gabe Nicolaescu; three siblings, Joe Gartner, Osage Beach; Pat Weber, Russellville; Bill (Sharon) Gartner, Columbia; sister-in-law, Dublene Hayes, Sun City, AZ; and numerous extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Theresa Shirley Gartner; sister-in-law, Lin Gartner; two brothers-in-law, Bob Smith and Bill Weber; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pat and Nell Hayes.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at St. Martin Catholic Church, in Jefferson City.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 12 p.m. Wednesday at St. Martin Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Gregory Higley and the Rev. Jason Doke concelebrating. The service will be live-streamed on the St. Martin Catholic Church Facebook page. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.
Burial will be a private family service in the St. Martin Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Martin Catholic Church, Vitae Foundation, or to THE MASTERS.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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