GOTTHARD

July 10, 2022, guardian angels soared to heaven carrying a good man. After a lengthy illness, Robert (Bob) Bernard Gotthard Jr, born August 22, 1932, in San Antonio, TX passed away peacefully at his home in Rockport, TX.

Bob graduated from Central Catholic High School in San Antonio and later attended Northwestern University for three years.

After high school, he joined the US Navy where he proudly served his country in radar aboard an admiral flagship, the USS Pine Island. His Navy career had an everlasting effect in his life, and he could vividly recall the slightest details of his experiences in the South Pacific islands including Japan and the friendships of his Navy buddies.

After the Navy, Bob returned to San Antonio and began a 35-year career with Via Metropolitan Transit System where he formed

everlasting friendships and rose through the ranks. During these years Bob got his pilot’s license and bought a shrimp boat. On weekends he enjoyed flying Cessna’s and spending time in Rockport on his shrimp boat with his boat captain.

After retiring from Via, he moved to Rockport and joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary where he served in several positions including Flotilla Commander, Coastal Navigation teacher and, instructor. At his retirement ceremony, he received a Special Congressional Recognition Award for his 23 years of service.

In addition to his many accomplishments, Bob was an avid reader, loved old county music and corvettes, socializing with friends at the hot spots on Fulton Beach Road, traveling, cruising and taking in the Salt Life.

Bob was preceded in death by his loving parents, Lillian Jane and Robert Bernard Gotthard, Sr; his loving, Aunt Helen and Uncle Clyde Caldwell; his former loving wives: Betty Grant Gotthard, Benita Meuse Gotthard, Vera Kelsay Gotthard and his dearest friend, Joe Rogers.

He leaves behind his loving soul mate, friend and companion Linda Allison and their extended family; sisters and brothers: Connie La Beau, JoAnne and Floyd Ramsey, Joseph Dukes, and Terry and Johnnie Ellzey, his bonus children: Stacey Allison and Casey and Wayne Minica; his bonus children: Billy Kelsay, Penny Kelsay Fuste, Randy Kelsay; bonus granddaughter, Ashley Hanzelka, and numerous extended family bonus grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion Post on August 6, 2022 beginning at 12 noon with a memorial service presented by the Coast Guard Auxiliary followed by lunch and entertainment by Rowdy and Janelle.

A special thank you to Dr. Ronald Bruce, Melisa Bruce, Elaine and the entire office staff for the many years of TLC given to Bob and to the numerous local, medical community services, the nurses, caregivers and Pastor Jeff who provided so much help and support. In addition, thank you to Anna Wigham with the American Legion and Judy and Walter Laas with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the American Legion Post, 1701 S. Church Street, Rockport, TX 78382 which supports our veterans of the greatest generation on earth as well as all the other brave veterans, past and present who have also served to keep our country free or donations may be sent to the Coast Guard Auxiliary, P. O. Box 1441 Fulton, TX 78358. In addition to boating safety and education and numerous other functions, the Coast Guard Auxiliary operates as directed by the Department of Homeland Security and aids and supports the security functions of the US Coast Guard in protecting our shores, waters and coastal waterways and aids in rescue missions in fair weather and hazardous conditions as well.