Robert A. “Bob” Gasner
Tuesday, November 6, 1934
Date of Death:
Sunday, May 5, 2019
84 years old
Robert A. “Bob” Gasner
Robert A. “Bob” Gasner, 84, of Prior Lake MN, formerly of Rochester, died Sunday, May 5, 2019 from natural causes.
Bob was born November 6, 1934 in Owatonna, MN to Merlin and Evelyn (Gray) Gasner. He graduated from Owatonna High School in 1952 and attended St. Mary’s College, graduated from the Academy of Accountancy in Minneapolis, served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1963. He was employed by Bernard’s Cottage Shoppes from 1976 to 1992, the Kruse Company from 1965 to 1975, and again from 1993 to 2000 when he retired.
Mr. Gasner served on the board of directors of the Olmsted County Businessmen’s Association, the Catholic Charities of the Winona Diocese, the United Way, and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).
Mr. Gasner married Patricia Wagner (deceased) in 1958 and they were later divorced. In 1979, he married Dorothy Marie Noonan. Together they raised ten children in Rochester. Bob was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He tackled many challenges in life with a common-sense attitude and an amazing sense of humor. His laughter was contagious. He and Dorothy moved to Prior Lake in 2018 to be closer to their children.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Ann (Al) White of Davenport, IA, and Julia (Ted) Stauderman of Rockville, MD; seven sons, James (Marty) of Arlington, TX, Kenneth (Kristan) Noonan of Madison, WI, Thomas (Mindy) Noonan of Austin, TX, Daniel (Kris Ann) of Eden Prairie, MN, Kurt (Marlene) of Orlando, FL, Todd (Bess) of Zumbro Falls, MN, and Sean Noonan of Prior lake, MN; 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three brothers, Paul (Joan) of Andover, MN, Sidney (Michele) of Minneapolis, MN, and William (Naomi) of Owatonna, MN; and two sisters, Mary Pat (Willie) Eastwood of Evans, CO, and Susan (David) Klinkhammer of Burnsville.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; Merlin and Evelyn, daughter, Jeanie; brother, Thomas; and sister, Joan.
Bob loved to gamble, paint, walk, mentor small business owners, spend time with his children/grandchildren, and was an avid Vikings fan.
The memorial Mass for Bob Gasner will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2019 at St. Pius Catholic Church in Rochester with Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Family visitation will be one hour prior to the mass at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
Memorials are preferred to SCORE, mentor’s to America’s Small Business in honor of Robert Gasner. https://seminnesota.score.org/content/donate-203
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I am sorry I missed your fathers funeral. I remember your house on 8th ave was always full of energy and constant movement. Each time I met your father he was fun loving and would be poking fun at one of his sons He lived a full life. I am sorry for your loss. I did not know all of the children but the boys I knew I am sure grew up to be terrific men like their father. Best Wishes for the future. Rich Holland
I have been thinking of your family all week and especially today. I never had the pleasure of meeting Bob and Dorothy but I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of the children they raised and the privilege of calling Jim a friend for over 30 years. The quality of this family can only be attributed to the leadership of the quality human being that you called Dad. I know he will be missed, your family is in my prayers. 2 Corinthians 5
I am so sorry to here of your loss Dorothy. Have memories of Bob being you to the Fashion Aire.
God Bles Both of You
I first met Bob and the family as we were preparing for Kurt's and, my daughter, Marlene's wedding. It was a wonderful experience because Bob and the Gasner family were so friendly and joyful. As the years went by, I met Bob and Dorothy a few more times on various vacations. I always looked forward to those meetings because I knew there would be nothing but mutual love felt throughout those occasions. My memory of Bob is that of love, happiness, and a wonderful smile.
With heartfelt condolences,
Dear Ann and the entire Gasner family - I have wonderful memories of your dad - as well as all of you! His obituary is wonderfully written - because he did face challenges (as we all do) but I remember him as a happy fun guy (from an 8th grader perspective!). I know he impacted lives with his strong Catholic faith - volunteering and serving many. And - finally - it is so comforting to know he is with Jeanie. God Bless you all, Mary Macken Garry
I am proud to have known Bob. Although Jim and I often got in trouble together, Bob and Dorothy were always very accommodating to me and I always fealt welcomed in their home during high school years. Jim and I have always been close, and Jim is an examlpe of what great parenting can do. I have ever met a more kind and caring person as Jim, and have Bob to thank for that. Bob is now in a much better place and I am sure all of the Noonan and Gasner children agree. I am looking forward to seeing you all on Friday and celebrating Bob's life. My condolences to you all.
My most heartfelt condolences go out to all the family of Bob Gasner. Tom and Dan are the most known to me thru teaching and Tom being best friend of Marc, my son. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.