HAMPTONVILLE, N.C. -- Robert Lester Gochnauer, DVM, "Dr. Bob," 68, of Hamptonville N.C., formerly of Massillon, returned to the Lord on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. He was born to this life on April 29, 1949 to Lester and Isa Gochnauer of Orrville.
Bob went to Waynedale High School and then to undergraduate school at The Ohio State University, followed by The College of Veterinary Medicine from which he graduated in 1975. After veterinary school, he completed a large animal internship at The University of Pennsylvania, New Bolten Center.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 43 years, Dr. Karen Karaffa Gochnauer; his children, Adam Michael Gochnauer, Dr. Mary Kathryn Gochnauer and Daniel Lee Gochnauer; a sister, Sue Gochnauer; a brother, Ronald (Kathy) Gochnauer; a nephew, Ryan (Colleen) Gochnauer, and a niece, Kellie (Joe) Sterling.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Isa; and a brother, Rick Gochnauer.
Dr. Bob was a life member of the NCVMA, AVMA, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners and received numerous awards and accolades for his expertise in veterinary medicine to which he dedicated his life.
His life reflected his commitment to serve his God, family, animals and people through veterinary medicine. He never put himself first, but always went when and where he was needed. He impacted the lives of many animals and people through his 42 years in veterinary medicine. He was a healer. Although he will be missed, none will miss him more than his family. We love you Dr. Bob.
Calling hours were Monday, May 15, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. at Bunch Johnson Funeral Home, 705 Davie Ave., Statesville, N.C. Service of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Grace Covenant Church, Cornelius. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Statesville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607; Grace Covenant Church, 17301 Statesville Road, Cornelius, N.C. 28031; St. Stephen Endowment Fund, 101 Hawthorne Road, Elkin, N.C. 28621; or Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, Ark. 72203; or charity of the donor's choice.
Letters of condolences can be sent to the family at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home assisted the Gochnauer Family.