Robert Gotterbarm

February 16, 1930 ‒ February 23, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

Robert Gotterbarm, age 89, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Brethren Care Village in Ashland.

Bob was born February 16, 1930 in Gladstone, ND to parents Joseph & Mary (Focht) Gotterbarm. After he was graduated from St. Peter’s High School with the class of 1948, he proudly served his country by joining the US Army during the Korean War.

He married Beverly A. Green who preceded him in death on January 31, 1975. In September of 1977 he married Lois M. (Pollock) Collier. As a self-employed contractor, Bob left his mark on many homes in the Mansfield area starting in 1963. He was a member of the Mansfield Liederkranz.

Bob liked polka dancing and took button box lessons for many years. He and Lois enjoyed several famous polka bands and would travel around the country to hear them play. Together they traveled all over the US in their camper, took several Mississippi riverboat cruises, and made it their hobby to see as many lighthouses as possible.

Bob was a dedicated Cleveland sports fan who always rooted for his Browns and Indians and also watched professional golf. He and his wife hosted Kentucky Derby parties for many years. After retiring, they purchased a winter home in Punta Gorda, FL where they formed lasting friendships.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Lois Gotterbarm of Ashland; son Theodore (Maureen) Gotterbarm of South Carolina; step-daughters Rebecca (Tom) Young of Mansfield, and Betsy (Mark) Lutz of Mason; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; a sister Geraldine Ernsberger of Mansfield, and a niece and nephew.

Although no public service will be held in Bob’s memory, his family hopes that you will hold him in your heart as you remember him in your own special way. A private family service will be held with military honors and burial will be in Lexington Cemetery.

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  • I will always remember the time I had the privilage helping Bob and Lois around at the Ashland County Fair this year. He sure cared about Lois and it showed.

  • Robert and Ted built our beautiful Gazebo at 300 Ruth Ave, and my husband and our cats enjoyed it for many years until we moved to Virginia, so we have many fond memories thanks to Bob and Ted.

  • Robert left a lasting impression on me. I was one of his last employees. His work was top rate. Unfortunately I had moved away, but I will always remember him, Lois and Ted. Thoughts and prayers to the family from mine.

  • I celebrate Bob’s life and mourn his loss with all his family and friends. So sorry I am unable to be there in person. I will keep all of you close to me in my thoughts and prayers as always. Hugs to Aunt Lois and family.