Robert (Bob) Eugene Lotz, 94, was born Feb. 18, 1926, to the late Martin and Avon (Keeney) Lotz on the family farm in Licking, Mo. Bob went to be with the Lord while surrounded by his loving wife, Billie, and family. He passed away Feb. 20, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Jefferson City, Mo.
Bob was united in marriage to Billie Louise (McCart) Lotz on July 11, 1947. He married the love of his life shortly after his World War II service to our country. Their marriage of 73 years was a beautiful and lasting union that produced three children, Carolyn Avon (Lotz) Hampson, Dennis Russell Lotz and Stacy Eugene Lotz. He is also survived by son-in-Law, Jim Hampson, and daughter-in-law, Anne Delano Lotz; by four grandchildren, Jim Hampson, Holly (Hampson) Faw, Stacee (Hampson) Longnecker and Lorianne Delano Lotz; and two great-grandchildren, Easton Faw and Elliot Longnecker.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents. He was also preceded in death by his youngest sister, Lovenia Kay (Lotz) Kinder and brother Leroy Alva Lotz. He is survived by brothers, Donald Lotz and wife Dorothy Lotz of Licking, Mo., and Bill Lotz of Annapolis, Mo.
He was raised in Licking, Mo., and attended Licking High School. He entered the U.S. Navy on May 5, 1944, and served in World War II. Bob was honorably discharged on March 18, 1946.
Bob was an avid fisherman that was renown for his skills for catching crappie. He was often sought out by local authors as a fishing guide. He was a skilled steel guitar player that was actively playing until his final days. His other hobbies included mushroom hunting, crow hunting, duck hunting, goose hunting and enjoying the great outdoors.
He graduated from Stevenson’s Technical College in Kansas City, Mo., in 1948 specializing in automobile body repair and operated his own business (Lotz Auto Body) for several years. He went to the last frontier, Alaska, in 1956 and was joined by his family in 1957. They returned to Missouri in 1959 after Alaska became the 49th state of our great country.
Bob was also very well known for his great stories of his adventures and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.
Graveside services are 11 a.m. Feb. 24, 2020, at Boone Creek Cemetery, with Navy military honors. Wesley Wallace will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Boone Creek Cemetery.