STOCKTON, Mo. — Robert (Bob) Ray Willinger, 80, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at Lake Stockton Healthcare Facility. He was born on Feb. 18, 1939, in Claflin to William and Ruby Ruble Willinger.
Robert spent most of his life in southwest Kansas, where he graduated in 1957 from Kendall High School. After he graduated, he served two years in the U.S. Army. On July 3, 1959, he married Bonnie Marie Warner in Syracuse. For 40 years, they made their home in Stanton County where he farmed and ranched. To this union, five children were born: Randy, Bryant, Robyn, Brett and Rebecca. They were blessed to celebrate 60 years together.
Robert was a lifetime rancher and farmer. In 2000, Bob and Bonnie retired and moved to Stockton, Mo., where he continued to ranch. Robert enjoyed sports, coaching and spending time with his family and loved watching his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ruby Gerstner; William Willinger; sister, Gayle Hough; younger brother, Eugene Willinger; and brothers-in-law Manuel Levens and Terry Stull.
Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Christian Church in Stockton, Mo. Memorials may be sent to “Operation Smiles” in care of the Bland-Brumback Funeral Home at 306 South High Street Stockton, Mo. 65785.