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John Robert (Johnny Bob) Koger, age 84, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away March 6, 2019. He was born November 7, 1934, in El Dorado Springs, MO, and was raised on the family dairy farm of Clarence and Nellie Faye (Shoemaker) Koger.
He went to school at the one-room Union Hall school. His mother was the teacher. John attended high school in El Dorado, played football, and was voted, to no one’s surprise, Class Clown. A favorite pastime after high school was racing stock cars in area speed events. After high school, he attended college in Dodge City, KS, for one semester and played football there. He then worked at a factory in Kansas City and then a grain harvesting crew, working wheat up and down the central US. John then had the opportunity to work for the BLM, surveying land in the desert Southwest wilderness for three years. He loved this work and only left because he was drafted into the US Army.
Fortunately, he found his eternal companion, Edith Ann Hughes, while surveying near Mesquite, NV. They married, and he took her with him to his military service in Virginia, New York, and Illinois.
John then returned to El Dorado, went to work at the milk plant, and bought the home and farm where he and Edith raised their four boys: John A, Jeff, Brian, and Kevin. He loved his farm and his cattle, and he especially loved his horses. It was a sad day late in life when he could no longer ride.
John was always very active in the community, serving as a member of the school board, rural water board, ASCS office, MFA board, Special Road District, Booster Club, and was a charter member of the Optimist Club in El Dorado Springs, where until very recently, he had perfect attendance. He loved the Optimist Club and its service to the community and its youth he loved so much. John and Edith rarely missed a school event that included a family member, and until recently rarely missed any high school sports events.
He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and faith in his Savior was an anchor throughout his life.
John loved and was dearly loved by his family, and is survived by his wife, Edith, four sons, twelve grandchildren, nine (soon to be ten) great-grandchildren, his nephews, nieces, and cousins, and countless friends (everyone he ever met). We will all miss his infectious smile, his kind words, his enthusiasm, and no one who’s heard it will ever forget that laugh! El Do lost a treasure in Johnny Bob. We’ll all miss him!