Robert "Bob" J. Gerke

August 31, 1944 ~ August 6, 2021 (age 76)


Robert “Bob” J. Gerke, 76, of Columbia formerly of Boonville passed away Friday evening August 6, 2021 at Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia, MO.


A visitation to celebrate Bob’s life will be Friday August 13, 2021 at Howard Funeral Home from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Burial of his cremated remains will be at a later date.


Robert John Gerke was born August 31, 1944 in Boonville, MO., the son of Anton Gerke and Alice Kemper Gerke. Bob married Janice Marie Pohlman in June of 1969 at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Robert enjoyed; fishing, telling jokes, word searches and camping. He was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus council 1061. He was active in the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts when Jeana and Justin was members. Robert worked at Boonville Correctional Center until his retirement. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren.


Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Alice, brothers, Frank, Paul, Anton Jr., and sister Macel Atwell. He is survived by his wife, Janice of Plato, MO., daughter, Jeana (Greg) Fuller of Columbia, MO., son, Justin Gerke of Plato, MO., grandchildren, Brooklynn and Carter Gerke of Plato, MO. He is also survived by his brothers, Howard Gerke of Pilot Grove, MO., Phil Gerke of Windsor, MO., sisters, Alice Stuff of Little Rock, AR., and Karen Hill of the state of Montana.


Memorial contribution are suggested to the Family. 

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August 13, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Howard Funeral Home
1397 Ashley Road
Boonville, MO 65233

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