August 21, 1938–August 14, 2019
Robert Howard “Bob” Schuster, 80, of Neosho, Missouri, passed away on August 14th, 2019, after a battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family.
Bob was born August 21st, 1938, in Springerville, AZ, to Howard Vernon Schuster, and Callie Serena Schuster, née Trammell. Bob was the youngest of three children. His parents and brother, Donald, precede him in death. His sister, Margery, of Forreston, TX, survives. Also surviving are his wife, Mary Lynn Schuster, of Neosho, MO, his children, Carin Adams, of McKinleyville, CA, Cathy Garfield, of McKinleyville, CA, Mark Schuster (Joanna), of Oklahoma City, OK, Heather Schuster Urbina (Brian), of Carl Junction, MO, and Sarah Nance, of Neosho, MO. Additionally, Bob is survived by five grandchildren (with two more on the way) and two great-grandchildren.
Bob was an active leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, into which he was baptized in 1981. Following his retirement, he derived much joy from being able to take an increased role in church activities. He was a tireless advocate for church causes and a supporter of his fellow church members and his community-at-large.
Bob was a devoted family man. He was proud of the accomplishments of his children and served as their biggest supporter during tough times. He enjoyed tending to his home and land. For several years, the Schuster family operated the “EZ Picken” blueberry farm, an experience that taught his children the value of responsibility, customer service, and a solid day’s work. Bob had a special talent for gardening and botany; family and friends never knew what would end up in his ever-expanding garden or fruit and nut orchards. He enjoyed cooking on a large scale – he specialized in jambalaya and gumbo, which he would make by the gallon, sharing it freely with family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was quick to offer a joke or a hearty laugh when one was offered to him. He possessed a luscious head of hair that was the envy of men of all ages.
Bob was brave and never backed down from a challenge. A long-term meat cutter by trade, his life plans were disrupted when the grocery store he had worked at for over twenty-five years closed just a few years before his planned retirement. Bob took the opportunity to go back to school and learn an entirely new trade – water treatment and management. This highly technical field provided Bob a chance to start over in a new career with the City of Neosho in a position he held for five years before retiring at the age of seventy. He would self-deprecatingly describe himself as a “jack of all trades, but a master of none,” but his friends and family recall him as a very intelligent and capable man with a seemingly depthless curiosity and knowledge in a wide number of subjects.
Bob thought of himself as a “spiritual cheerleader,” and his legacy is love and joy. Even though skies could be dark, he never stopped looking to the rainbow. He held every falling star in his pocket and never let them fade away. Bob’s optimism, his strength, and his faith combined to make him a positive force in the world. He was quick with a hug, a handshake, or simply a pat on the back. He was exceptionally generous in sharing his time, his knowledge, and his resources with his fellow man. Bob Schuster loved and was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed.