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Robert Bruce Gonzales

April 1, 1944 — December 27, 2023

Topeka

Robert Bruce Gonzales, age 79, of Topeka, KS, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 27, 2023.

He was born the son of John C. and Isabel Marie (VanVoorhis) Gonzales on April 1, 1944, in Topeka. Robert graduated from Highland Park High School in 1963. He was a great athlete growing up and he continued to be active in sports throughout his life, especially with playing slow pitch softball.

Robert served his country with pride in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. In his spare time, Robert was an avid fisherman. He was a longtime printer for Jostens.

Survivors include his three brothers, Richard Gonzales and his wife Sharon, Albert Gonzales and his wife Andrea, Larry Gonzales and his wife Sharon; as well as his longtime close friend, Joyce Bailey.  Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Barbara M. Schneider and Patricia A. Gonzales; one brother, John Gonzales, Jr., and a nephew, Jon Cabrera.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 2-3:00 P.M., followed by a memorial service at 3:00 P.M., all at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home. The family kindly requests that all guest wear attire that would best honor Robert.

Inurnment will take place at Topeka Cemetery at a later date. 

To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit, www.brennanmathenafh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.

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Memorial Visitation

Thursday, January 11, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Brennan Mathena Funeral Home

800 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603

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Memorial Service

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

Brennan Mathena Funeral Home

800 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603

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