Robert Leroy Gollner
June 14, 1935 – July 10, 2020
Robert (Bob) Leroy Gollner,85, of Kokomo, IN passed away July 10, 2020 surrounded by family. He was born in Kokomo on June 14, 1935 to Esper and Mary (McCarter) Gollner. In 1956 he married the love of his life, Rosalie (Ramseyer) Gollner.
Bob graduated from Kokomo High School in 1953 and worked at Kool Vent Awning and Chrysler before starting Bob Gollner Construction Company in 1962. He spent 35 years building and remodeling homes in Kokomo and surrounding areas. His son Mike took over the business in 1997. Bob was a charter member of the Howard County Home Builders Association and was active for many years. He served as Vice President, President, and Director of the National Home Builders Association. He worked hard and fast on jobsites and was known for running off a roof because he was in such a hurry.
Bob cherished being a member of the Kokomo Community where he spent extensive time contributing to the preservation of vintage automobiles. He and his wife joined the Pioneer Automobile Club and served as president for 2 years. He then worked tirelessly to help build and create an Automotive Museum. In 2007 received a "Key to the City" of Kokomo for his work on these projects. He also received the Distinguished Hoosier Award in 2007 from Governor Daniels and was a torch bearer for Indiana's Bicentennial in 2016.
After retiring, Bob restored all things vintage; specializing in Haynes and Apperson automobiles which were made in Kokomo, along with many other models. He built his own museum to showcase his cars and family antiques and gave countless tours to organizations, clubs, and individuals.
He collected and displayed numerous antique and modern tools. Until his death, he continued his work on projects and cars including a 1918 Maxwell that he and his Dad purchased when he was 16. Bob loved his family, Kokomo, automobiles, history and antiques, Lake Shafer and all of his friends. He loved life. The hole he has left in the lives of his loved ones is huge, but for that we are grateful because his life was big and we got to live it with him.
Bob is survived by his wife Rosalie of 64 years, children, Pam (Kim) Baxter of Indianapolis, Denna Gollner of Charlottesville, Virginia and Mike(Teri)Gollner of Westfield: granddaughters, Elizabeth Baxter, Kate Gollner, Meg Gollner Ellie Gollner and grandsons Matthew(Katie) Baxter, Joe Gollner and Mack Gollner, as well as his sister, Mary Kay Dillman. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Due to covid, services will be private for family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home 2097 West Alto Road Kokomo, IN 46902 is assisting with the arrangements. Online condolences and guest book at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Robert Leroy Gollner
July 30, 2020
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and volunteer partner Bob Gollner. Since Vernon succeeded Bob as President of the Howard County Automotive Heritage Hall of Fame, we were honored to have the opportunity to develop a working relationship and friendship with Bob and his wife Rosalie in working toward the mission “To promote and preserve our rich automotive heritage in Kokomo/Howard County”. Bob and Rosalie hosted the wrap up thank you dinners after our annual Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony, and other socials, in addition to hosting our Hall of Fame Board and committee meetings at Bob’s Museum. Bob was always available with assistance for all our activities. What stood out in all these endeavors was Bob’s integrity and generosity. We will miss that friendship, and Bob’s counsel, and extend our sincere condolences to Rosalie and the family. Vernon and Shirley Graves & family
July 29, 2020
Rosalie & Family,
Thinking of each of you during this difficult time in the loss of Bob.
We truly treasure our many fond memories of being with you and Bob at special events, trips, the Lake, Florida and other times too.
His accomplishments were many. He will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Don & Marilyn
July 21, 2020
The Riecken family is deeply saddened by the loss of our cousin Bob. We will always remember the many good times we had over the years when we visited Kokomo. We send our love to Rosalie and all the family. We pray God bless you and comfort you.
July 20, 2020
I was so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. Bob was a gracious and kind man. He and Rosie were very good to me. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.
July 20, 2020
I was so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. Bob was a kind and gracious man. He and Rosie were very good to me. I send my thoughts and prayers to the family.
July 19, 2020
It was with sadness and a heavy heart to learn of the passing of my good friend and associate Bob Gollner.
Starting in 2004 when I first met Bob at his Museum during a Pioneer Auto Club meeting, we forged a partnership that created a mission to " Preserve and promote our rich automotive heritage in Kokomo/Howard County" that resulted in bringing the legacy of our automotive pioneers back to life through 100's of projects, organizations, activities and ceremonies, that included PAC reorganization, Auto Clubs Council of Indiana, Howard County Automotive Heritage Hall of Fame, Elwood Haynes and Apperson Brothers statues with historic markers, annual support of the Haynes Apperson Festival, naming and renaming highway, streets and roads in honor and memory of our automotive pioneers, Automotive Heritage Coalitions, KAM support, annual car shows and fund raisers, and too many automotive heritage meetings, conferences and PR efforts to list. And of course leadership with elected officials and community leaders to bring all these projects and activities to fruition.
My sincere condolences to Rosalie, Denna, Mike, Pammy and their families.
RIP my very good friend 🙏
July 19, 2020
I will never forget the day Bob Came to our house in one of his old cars to pick Jim up along with Jim’s brother Bill and their Uncle George. He took them to the lake and he cooked dinner for them and took them for a boat ride. Jim could not quit talking about what a wonderful day they had.They are all gone now and having a wonderful time in heaven. Jim and Bill are cousins to Bob.
July 19, 2020
Bob was one of the best men I have known. He was so full of kindness and generosity! My dad loved him so much! We all loved him! Sending love to Rosie, Pam, Denna, Mike and all of your families. Praying for peace! As Big Red McCarter said ALL the time, Bob was one of the Greats!
July 17, 2020
A good friend,in-law and a good man. He will be missed.