Robert Edward "Bob" Goetz, Sr., age 92, of Warrensburg, passed away Friday, August 10, 2012, at the Missouri State Veterans Home in Warrensburg.

He was born March 14, 1920, in Smithton, Missouri, the son of Edward William and Edna Lugreta (Bohling) Goetz. Robert did his undergraduate work at Central Missouri State Teachers College, and then received his Master's degree at Colorado State College of Education, and his Doctorate in Education from the University of Missouri. He served during World War II between February 1943 and December 1945 in the Army Air Corps as a Navigator / Instructor for B-17s and B-29s. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Warrensburg, where he served as Trustee, Sunday School teacher, and as a member of the Chancel Choir for 52 years. He was also a member of the American Legion and Boy Scouts of America Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He taught at Central Missouri State College in the department of Applied Sciences and Technology for 38 years and retired as Assistant Dean. He was instrumental in the development of the Graphic Arts department. Dr. Goetz served as president of the American Industrials Arts Association and the Ohio Industrial Arts Association. He was a member of the Mississippi Valley Industrial Arts conference.

Bob is survived by his wife Rickey Irene (Monsees); three sons, Robert E. Goetz Jr. and wife Sharon of Saint Louis, Missouri, David E. Goetz and wife Glenda of Warrensburg, and Donald K. Goetz and wife Tami of Westminster, Colorado; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, Edna (Sewell) Goetz.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg with Reverend Louie Lowe officiating. Pallbearers will be Steve Goetz, Chad Goetz, Josh Goetz, Mitch Axsom, Matt Axsom, and Johnny Barnett. Honorary Pallbearers are Bill Brame, John Horine, Perry McCandless, George Sample, Jackson Short, Hal Sappington and Charles Keseman.

Burial will be in the cemetery in Smithton, Missouri.

The family will receive friends, Monday evening August 13, 2012, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Robert Edward Goetz Scholarship Fund at UCM. Memorials can be left in care of the funeral home.