The state agency where he had worked since it was formed in 1989, helps arrange and package financing for building and infrastructure projects.
In recent months, the department had offered loans to small cities needing assistance during the pandemic.
“Bob is one of those guys who is literally a lifelong public servant,” said Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon, who sits on the finance board. “He was a quiet, unassuming guy who got things done for the people of Missouri. His legacy will live on for generations.”
MDFB Chairwoman Marie Carmichael said Miserez’s passing is a significant loss to the agency and the state.
“He put together financial packages that literally created thousands of jobs. And he did it all under the radar screen,” Carmichael said.
The board, which has 12 voting members, has scheduled a meeting Tuesday to begin discussing a replacement for the agency’s first and only director.
Miserez was born October 13, 1954, in West Point, Nebraska, the son of Virgil H. and Marjorie F. 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.