Dr. Bob R. Carnett died March 22, 2021 at his home in Salem, Mo. He was 82. Born May 8, 1938, in Kennett, Mo., Bob had recently celebrated his 50th year in practice as a family physician. The majority of that time was spent caring for Dent countians - sharing in the happiness of their births, the sadness of their losses and the day-to-day struggles and triumphs of the people who came to see him. As happens with any country doctor, many of his patients became good friends. Fishing was his passion, but he also enjoyed reading, projects around the house, traveling and family time. He loved bird dogs and lap dogs. He loved to tell jokes, spin yarns and poke fun at people - including himself at times. He was a snazzy dresser and always wanted his lab coats starched and his shoes polished. Bob was a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in 1970. He did a year of internship in Jefferson City and started practice in Salem in 1971. He was a board-certified family practitioner. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Randy, Sheila, Brad, Amy, Matt; grandchildren, Hailey, Taylor, Baylee, Noah, Alie, Zach, Jake, Josh and Ben; great grandchildren, Pierce, Mason, Laylah and Ivy, Blake, Carsyn and Avery and Blayke Nikohl; nephew Danny and special friends Spike and Charlie. He had a good life and did pretty much everything he wanted to do. Over time, he seemed to grow his capacity to love, accept and encourage those around him - one of his most important accomplishments. He will be missed as a husband, a Papa, a friend, a colleague and a doctor. But most of all, he will be missed as a father. Memorial Service was held Thursday April 1, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. at the Salem Chapel.  with Pastor Russ Davidson officiating, Denny Pryor shared special memories. Memorials are suggested to Dent County Animal Wellness Society (DCAWS). Cards are available at any James & Gahr location.

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