GOLLNER, Robert Jun 14, 1935 – Jul 10, 2020

Robert “Bob” Leroy Gollner, 85, Kokomo, Indiana, 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 Co. 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 two 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 Gov. 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 W. Alto Road, Kokomo, IN 46902, is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences and guestbook at www.sunsetmemorygarden.com.

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