Charles Robert Moffatt
Charles Robert Moffatt was born August 1, 1951 in Springfield, Missouri to Charles Edward Moffatt and Inez Maxine Kreitzer Moffatt.
Bob, as he was affectionately known, attended Rountree Elementary, Jarrett Junior High, and Parkview High School. He graduated from Southwest Missouri University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973.
Bob worked at Reyco in the laboratory for a few years, and then returned to Southwest Missouri University to continue his education. He taught a Botany class while in attendance there.
At this point in his life, Bob began to exhibit signs of disorganized thinking and irrational behavior. He was subsequently diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was hospitalized numerous times and his illness led him to become a permanent resident of the state hospital in Nevada, Missouri. When that hospital was closed, he was moved to the state hospital in Fulton, Missouri.
In the mid-1990s, he was released to live in a group home in Forsyth, Missouri. He continued to reside there until the winter of 2012 when he received the diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. He then became a resident of Westside Health Care, where he was lovingly regarded for the remainder of his life. Bob died on April 29, 2013 attended by his family.
Bob was a gentle, sweet spirit with a mischievous streak. He had a wonderful sense of humor and would often laugh. Bob continued to work on chemical equations through out his daily life. One of his few requirements was to have a periodic table of the elements to which he would often refer while working. Many, many people grew to love Bob and appreciate his gifts.
Bob is survived by two sisters, Jean Moffatt of Saugerties, New York, and Annie Moffatt, of Nixa, Missouri; a brother, David Moffatt, currently residing in Kazakhstan; and dear friends, Dr. Kenn and Susan Kostelnik, of Nixa, MO.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, NAMI, of Southwest Missouri, 1701 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held at The Shrine Mosque on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. Online condolences may be left at gormanscharpf.com.
Published in the News-Leader from May 4 to May 6, 2013