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Robert “Bob” Magruder February 8, 1933 – July 21, 2018

Robert Wallace (Bob) Magruder, age 85, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Brunswick Nursing Home in Brunswick, MO.  Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brunswick, MO on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 2:00 P.M.  Pastor Drewitz officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30-2:00 P.M.  Burial will be in Elliott Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, MO.

Robert Wallace (Bob) Magruder was born February 8, 1933 in Brunswick, Missouri to Eule and Ruth (Elliott) Magruder.  He married Carol Ann Grotjan on June 9, 1957, who preceded him in death on May 24, 2008.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, sister, Shirley DeWeese and foster sister, Sydne Amer.

Bob graduated from Brunswick High School in 1951 and served in Korea in 1953 & 1954.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia, in 1959.  He spent most of his professional career designing, constructing and operating corn wet milling facilities throughout the US, South America and Europe.  He also worked in the Far East.  He was employed by the A. E. Staley Co., Decatur, IL and Henkel Corp., Gulf Mills, PA.

Bob was a member of the Brunswick St. John’s Lutheran Church where he held several offices.  In retirement he served on the Brunswick Rural Water Board (PWSD #2), was a member of the Board of Trustees of Elliott Grove Cemetery, served on the Bowling Green Township Board, and was a member of Rucker-McAllister American Legion Post #7 and Cleve Iman VFW post #4926.  He was also an active member of the Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

He is survived by daughter Robin Ann Colby and husband Dr. Alan Colby of Decatur, IL and son R. Tad Magruder and wife Pam of Rochester Hills, MI.  Grandchildren include Matt Colby and wife Celine, Carol (Colby) Bruder and husband Andy, Greg Magruder and Kristin (Magruder) Nayak and husband Sourav.  He also leaves two Great Grandsons William Andrew Bruder & Max Alan Colby plus two step grandchildren, Mandy Palozzi and Nick Coombs and four step great grandchildren.

He is also survived by Brother William Eule (Helen) Magruder of Corona Del Mar, CA and Sister Matha Lou Koch of Conyers, GA.

Pallbearers will be David Magruder, Mark Magruder, Paul Magruder, Tracy Link, Josh Fogle,  Michael Manson.

Burial will be in Elliott Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, MO with graveside military honors provided by Rucker-McAllister American Legion Post #7 of Brunswick.

Elliott Grove Cemetery has been named to receive memorials in his memory. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at Breshears Memorial Chapel, 207 W. Broadway, Brunswick, MO, 65236.

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