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Robert Wayne McLaren

August 31, 1936 ~ January 22, 2022 (age 85)


Robert Wayne McLaren, 85, of Columbia, passed away on January 22, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Robert was born in Oak Park, Illinois on August 31, 1936, son of Russell and Ruth (Robertson) McLaren who preceded him in death.  On June 7, 1969, he married Rosemary Taft in Springfield, Missouri.  Robert graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Electrical Engineering and then attended Purdue where he received his Doctor’s Degree.  In January of 1966 he began a long career teaching at the University of Missouri.  Even after retiring as an Emeritus Professor, his love for teaching caused him to continue teaching a course with a lab until his battle with cancer began in June of 2021.

Robert is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Rosemary; three sons, Gregory, Charles (Cecilia), and Jeff (Lily); four grandchildren, Nathan, Evan, Aaron and Annie.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth McLaren.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until time for the service.  Burial will be 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 26th at Hazelwood Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Love Columbia, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave, Columbia, MO 65202.    



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January 25, 2022

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Bach - Yager Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service
January 25, 2022

2:00 PM
Bach - Yager Funeral Chapel

January 26, 2022

1:00 PM
Hazelwood Cemetery
1642 E Seminole Street
Springfield, MO 65804

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