Born in the middle of the "Great Depression," Bob was seven years old when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He helped his family cope with wartime shortages by tending their "victory garden" and participating in various drives and collections. In 1948, Bob and his parents moved to Provo, Utah, where he graduated from Brigham Young University High School in 1952. In 1957, he joined the US Air Force, heading to Cadet Flying training in Florida and jet training in Del Rio, Texas. He served 14 years in the Air Force and 11 years in the Nebraska Army National Guard, a member of the 43rd Army Band. He achieved a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He had a lifetime love of flying, music, community theater, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Mark and Mary Goodwin; his sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Bob Aucott; and his son, Terry. He is survived by his wife Edie, sons, Scott (Iren), Yancy (Dorothy), Miles (Janet), Brigg, Carter, Pat (Marie), and Mark (Kara); as well as daughters, Connie McGrath, Erin Serpico, Robin Goodwin, and Mandy Cochran. Also survived by stepsons, Dave (Deb) Blasingame and Joshua Blasingame; brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Gail Shunk and family; and ex-wife, Mickey Hosman. Bob was blessed with 32 grandchildren, 1 step-grandchild, 8 great-grandchildren, and 1 step great-grandchild.
Visitation will be Monday, June 12, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. at Maher Funeral Home. A brief Lutheran service will take place at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Bob's funeral will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2303 Butler St., Council Bluffs on Tuesday, June 13 2023, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Hwy, Ashland, NE 68003, the Mills Masquers Theater, P. O Box 183, Glenwood, IA 51534, or the LDS Church.
The family would like to thank EveryStep Hospice and the caregivers at Fox Run Assisted Living for the gentle care provided to Bob during these past few months.