Robert Lee Koger

September 27, 1944November 25, 2018
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Robert “Bob” Koger was born in a small town named Columbus, located in the South East corner of Kansas. He lived there with his parents, Virn and Odna Koger, his brothers Ron and Ralph, and sisters Pam and Pattie, and numerous other relatives until he graduated from high school.

After graduation he joined the United States Air Force, and spent the next twenty years traveling around the U. S., plus exotic places like Thailand and Viet Nam. During his years in the Air Force he worked as an Avionics (Aircraft Navigation) Equipment Technician, and eventually went into teaching the navigation equipment repair. He spent his last four years in the Air Force as a Military Training Instructor (drill instructor). He retired as a Master Sergeant.

During his Air Force time, Bob received two Associate of Applied Science degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, and received his Bachelor Degree from South West Texas State University, now Texas State University.

When he retired he took two weeks off and then went back to work as the lead Technical Writer for Keuffel & Esser (K & E) Company. During his two and one half years with them he wrote repair and operation manuals on heart monitors, laser ranging devices, test jigs, and numerous other items developed by the company. When K&E decided to move the writing operation to New Jersey, Bob resigned and went back to work for the government.

This time he worked for the Department of the Air Force as a Civil Servant in the Education and Training field. He worked many different jobs before finally reaching the position of Dean of one of the major Community College of the Air Force campuses. During his time in civil service he was posted at three different campuses. After 18 years he retired again, this time at the rank of GS-14.

Bob spent about three months repairing things around the house and fishing before he decided to start writing. Since his retirement he became a full time writer. His books are: 101 Great Youth Soccer Drills, and The Baffled Parent’s Guide to Fix-It Drills for Youth Soccer, McGraw Hill, The New Coach’s Guide to Coaching Youth Soccer, Skyhorse Publishing, and The Ultimate Guide for the Stay-At-Home Parent, Wild Plains Press. Bob also writes an opinion column for weekly Texas newspapers. He was selected to the Media Honor Roll by the Texas Association of School Boards for articles he wrote in support of education.

After retirement Bob lived in Sanger, Texas, and then Crossroads, TX with his wife Mary. It was at this time he began to seriously pursue his desire to write murder mysteries. In very short order he wrote five murder mystery novels that he published on Amazon’s Create Space, all available for sale on Amazon. At the time of his death, Bob was working on finishing book 6 in his series and was in the process of outlining books 7 and 8. In addition to writing, Bob continued his lifetime passion for soccer, becoming a season ticket holder to the FC Dallas MLS professional team based in Frisco, TX. In August 2018, Bob and Mary moved to Frisco, finally achieving their goal of residing within a stone’s throw of the FC Dallas stadium.

Bob is survived by his wife Mary, his children Denise, Jay, and Tony, and his grandson Bobby, and three granddaughters Rylyn, Lexi, and Kylie.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 29, 2018

Robert Lee Koger

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Michelle Fansler

November 29, 2018

Aunt Mary, we all loved Bob and are so glad you had each other for so many years. Thinking of you on this difficult day. Love, Michelle

Bill and Billie Vardiman

November 28, 2018

Bob, our brother-in-law was the best person that ever happened in my sister Mary 's life as his wife. How much we enjoyed our visits with them as a couple over the years; watching soccer, playing with the dogs and just teasing each other and have laughs and good food together.

How much we will miss his smile, his sense of humor, intellect and being my sister's soul mate. May God Bless you, Bob and be with you, Mary Phil.

Bill and Billie

Carole Spriggs Audley

November 27, 2018

I could share a million memories of Bob and his family. I knew him for 70 years and felt like we were family. Every summer when we were kids, his Uncle Pete would give us refrigerator crates from his store and we would build massive multi-room play areas in the back yard of one of our houses. We consumed barrels of Kool-Aid. At night we played games like Grey Wolf until we had to go to sleep to wake up to another care-free day. I genuinely loved all of them.

Phyllis Smith

November 27, 2018

Bobby & I worked together at Powell Drug Store during high school. We worked week ends and after school at the soda fountain. He was a good guy. Sorry for your loss.

Russell Hornsby

November 27, 2018

I’m sorry for your loss Pal. Bobby was right on in saying that Bob was a great man. He never passed up an opportunity to coach us, not only for what we were doing or not doing on the field but in life as well. Both your parents always welcomed us into their home with open arms. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sue Rogers-Malone

November 27, 2018

Bob was a wonderful and extremely talented and accomplished person, teacher, and author. Although we only saw each other at class of ‘62 reunions, I always enjoyed catching up with him. Really admired his writing skills in my favorite genre! Bob will be missed!! Sending prayers to family and friends.

Sue and Joe Malone
Murrieta, CA