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photo of robert fancher ROBERT "BOB" FANCHER
DECEMBER 13, 1940 - JANUARY 5, 2016

JOPLIN, Mo. - Robert B "Bob" Fancher, age 75, of Joplin, Mo., passed away at 7:11 p. m. Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016, at Mercy Hospital, Joplin.

Bob was born Dec. 13, 1940, in Whorton Creek, Ark. Bob was a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He received his master's degree from the University of Arkansas.

He came to Joplin, in 1972, when he began a 30-year career with Empire District Electric Co., retiring in 2001 as vice president of finance. Bob was a 10-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force, attaining the rank as Captain. Bob was a former Boy Scout Leader, and a member of the Joplin Noon Rotary Club. He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year by the Mo. Society of Professional Engineers in 1976. Bob was a 42-year member of the Villa Heights Christian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder, and a Sunday school teacher. He was currently a member of the College Heights Christian Church. Bob served as an officer with the Mountain Meadows Monument Organization, in Arkansas.

Bob married his beloved Patricia Donahoe on March 25, 1967, in Rockville, Md., and she survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Terri Michele Bell and husband, Jeffrey, St Louis, Mo.; two sons, John Robert Fancher and wife, Ashlee, Hollister, Mo., and Samuel Joseph Fancher adn wie, Mandy, Joplin; two sisters, Betty Coger and husband, Kay, Huntsville, Ark., and Mary Coger, Colliersville, Tenn.; one brother, Joseph Fancher and wife Kathleen, Springdale, Ark., and 11 grandchildren, Ashley, Tyler, Olivia, Keeley, Ivey, Emma, Jackson, Amanda, Brecken, Abby, and Maci. Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Rektor.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the College Heights Christian Church Worship Center, with Mark Scott and Gary Zustiak, ministers, officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the church worship center. Those attending the service or visitation are requested to use parking lots C, D, and E on the northeast and southeast side of the campus.

Memorial contributions are requested to Christ in Youth, or Rapha House, in care of the mortuary.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary of Joplin.

Online condolences may be made at
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