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Robert Francis Koontz

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Robert Francis Koontz

Robert Francis "Coach Bob" Koontz, 80, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 following an illness.

Bob was born December 20, 1932 to Franklin Cary and Clare Winifred (Bray) Koontz of Flint, Michigan. Bob was a 1951 graduate of Elk Rapids High School, lettering in four sports. He attended the University of New Mexico as a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Midshipman from 1951 to 1955, and became a lifelong member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Bob received his Bachelors degree from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He furthered his post graduate education at the U.S. Sport Academy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bob was a retired educator of 43 years, coaching track and field, cross country, and wrestling. He was instrumental in developing the wrestling programs at Neosho High School and Crowder College where many of his athletes were State qualifiers and scholarship recipients to major universities. One mentored athlete was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. Bob was an athletic sponsor to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

In 1957, Bob and the former Dorsey Jean Jones, of Neosho, were united in marriage, and to that union a daughter was born; both survive.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother-in-law, William A. Gersting; a niece, Janna Gail Gersting; and a nephew, William Robert Gersting.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, surviving family are: daughter, Julie (Greg) of Missouri; a sister, Virginia Gersting of Florida; a sister and brother-in-law, Wayne and Pat Moore of Missouri; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren, along with a host of extended family and friends.

Services will be Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Clark Chapel of Memories, Neosho, Walter Crews officiating. Family will serve as pall bearers. Honorary pall bearers will be Sigma Chi fraternity brothers, former students and athletes. A private family burial will be held in the Kenney Cemetery, Neosho. Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho on Saturday, one hour prior to services. Casket will be closed at all times.

Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made in Bob's memory to Oxford Hospice of Springfield or the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850

Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Homes of Neosho, Mo.

Online condolences may be posted at

Published in the News-Leader on May 9, 2013
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