Robert Harvey “Bob” Kuzma

ABILENE, Texas – Robert Harvey Kuzma, 76, died on Monday after an illness.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 14, 1938, Bob was the son of Hazel Marie and Theodore “Frank” Kuzma, who preceded him in death.

For the past 28 years, Bob was a member of the McMurry University faculty as an associate professor of business administration.

Bob grew up in Ohio. In 1958, following two years of college, he joined the U.S. Air Force, leading to a 20-year career as a radar navigator, including countless tours to Vietnam. He was based in Kansas, Idaho, Guam, Thailand and Okinawa prior to his Dyess assignment. He retired as a major.

He completed two years in college in Ohio before joining the Air Force. Later, Bob received a B.A. in business finance from McMurry University, a master’s degree in finance from Hardin-Simmons University, and a master’s degree in accounting from Abilene Christian University. He became a licensed C.P.A. Additionally, he earned extensive hours in two separate doctoral degree programs at the University of North Texas at Denton.

Bob and the former Vicki Garrett met in Kansas and were married on Feb. 2, 1963. He was a member of the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki, of Abilene; his son, Andy, of Corinth; his daughter, Sherry Oberholtzer and her husband, Mark, of New Braunfels; two granddaughters; his brothers, Mike Kuzma of Melbourne, Fla., and Ted Kuzma of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and two sisters, Carole Marrow, of Sebring and Cheryl Early, of Beloit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal, 602 Meander Street, Abilene, Texas 79602, or to Office of Institutional Advancement, 1 McMurry University, Box 938, Abilene, TX 79697 (Designate on your check that it is for the School of Business in honor of Bob Kuzma.)

Memorial services were held Thursday at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal, Abilene with the Rev. David Romanik officiating, followed by inurnment at Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Arrangements were handled by The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, Texas.