Robert V. Miserez, 66, passed away Wednesday, May 12, at his home following a brief illness.
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He was born October 13, 1954, in West Point, Nebraska, the son of Virgil H. and Marjorie F. (Johnson) Miserez, and he grew up in Dodge, Nebraska.
He was married April 27, 1996, to Irma Rene Bagnull, and they recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.
He was a graduate of Dodge High School and a 1977 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Political Science and History.
Upon moving to Missouri in 1982, Bob began his career as a Business Development Specialist with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and he was the DED liaison to what is now known as the Missouri Development Finance Board. He became the Board’s Executive Director and first employee in 1989, and he dedicated his nearly 40-year career to the betterment of Missouri.
Bob helped structure financings for infrastructure and economic development projects throughout Missouri, and his fingerprints are on projects ranging from small town water towers and sidewalks to private company expansions and to large scale Union Station in Kansas City and Ballpark Village in St. Louis. Some of the projects with more personal meaning to Bob were St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, which provided culinary arts training to low income residents; the Salvation Army of Greater Kansas City, which provided jobs for rehabilitation of men with substance abuse problems; and Forest Park Forever improvements to infrastructure of the St. Louis landmark. Bob’s guiding principle was to “do the right thing for the right reasons.”
Bob truly enjoyed our country’s national parks and looked forward to visiting more of them in retirement. He visited several with family and motorcycle buddies, and he appreciated the beautiful and diverse scenery. As his brief illness progressed, he enjoyed watching travel videos of the parks.
He loved his daughter unconditionally, and she made him immensely proud. He often reminisced on their daddy/daughter days when she was younger, when the day’s activities included Mel’s Diner, Barnes & Noble, the barber, and a visit to Central Dairy.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: his daughter, Laura Miserez, and her fiancé, Nick Higginbotham, both of St. Louis, MO; brother, Joe Aerisolphal of Kansas City, MO; sisters, Betty Miserez of Omaha, NE, and Darlene Moorman of Gardnerville, NV; and brothers- and sisters-in-law Gary and Julie Bagnull, Rick and Lori Higgins, and Alan Bagnull, all of Jefferson City.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021, with an additional visitation held at Central United Church of Christ before his service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Central United Church of Christ with the Reverend Dr. Judith Scott officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Riverview Cemetery.
A livesteam of Bob’s service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday for friends who are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to ZionForever.org, StPatrickCenter.org, or SalvationArmy.org.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.