Just before the dawning of a new day, Robert Dwane Gosnell heard the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” On Sunday, November 3, 2013 he moved to Heaven to join his Lord and Savior. He was greeted by his beloved parents and other family and friends who went before him.
Bob was born on the family dairy farm, April 23, 1948, to his parents Ray and Juanita Gosnell of Birch Tree, Missouri. It was this dairy farm where Bob learned the values of faith, family, hard work and living off the land. He applied these principles in his daily life and shared them throughout his 30 years of service as a UPS delivery driver. He was a graduate of Birch Tree High School, Class of 1966. He served in the Vietnam War conflict, receiving the Bronze Star Medal during combat. After the war, he returned to the family farm and continued his passion for automotive repair and restoration. Always known for having multiple projects going at once, he spent many hours in his automotive hobby shop. His last two projects were restoring a 1957 Chevy Pickup for his eldest grandson, and a 1966 Chevy Pickup for his younger grandson. He had many natural gifts and talents, and was known by many people throughout the area, as an automotive mentor and a “Chevy” man. He began each day reading his Bible and offering prayer for his family, friends, country and anyone else in need. He had a humble spirit and lived by the verse “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” Proverbs 22:6. He was known as never wanting to pass up an opportunity to share God’s love, and frequently picked up hitchhikers along the road in order to offer that blessing and have the opportunity to share his faith in the Lord with others.
He is survived by his loving wife Cheryl of 43 years; two daughters, Tobie Self and husband Aaron of Keller, Texas and Tessa Sater and husband Chris of Eureka, Missouri; two grandsons, Logan and Blake Self; two brothers and one sister, Kenneth Gosnell and wife Carmen of High Ridge, Missouri, Donald Gosnell and wife Stella Marie of Millington, Tennessee, and Carol Benzen and Thomas of Pocahontas, Arkansas; along with many other cherished nieces and nephews; and never to be forgotten, his beloved dog, Gracie.
Bob was a member of the Pomona Christian Church, always willing to lend a helping hand and serve the Lord with gladness. He faithfully supported many charities and organizations, those dearest to his heart were: Ozark Food Harvest, Spirit FM Radio, American Family Association, RAFFA House, Pomona Christian Church Building Fund, Youth Group, and Orphan Care Ministry, and the Oak Grove Cemetery in Birch Tree, Missouri. One of his many missions in life was giving to others before taking anything for himself. He personally requested donations be made to any of these charities in lieu of flowers. Memorial contributions may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
A brief visitation will precede the Celebration at 9:00 a.m. at Pomona Christian Church. Interment will be at a later date in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Birch Tree, Missouri.
Bob will be forever missed and live in our hearts each and every day, through his foundation of faith in the Lord he so carefully has laid before us.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.