Robert H. Trainer
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WAVERLY: Robert H. Trainer, age 92, died Wednesday evening, October 23, 2013, at Pike Community Hospital in Waverly, Ohio.
He was born May 19, 1921, in Pebble Township in Pike County.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John James Trainer and Flossie Mae Dixon Trainer; and his older brother, John Sherman Trainer.
Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth McAllister Trainer; daughter, Ann Marie Trainer Spicer and her husband, Don; two grandchildren, Justin Spicer and Jackie Spicer; and one great granddaughter, Ava Marie Spicer. He is also survived by brother-in-law, J. Earl McAllister of Piketon, Ohio; sister- in-law, Mary McAllister Radford of Waverly, Ohio; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Bob was a 1939 graduate of Waverly High School. He attended Ohio University. After high school graduation he worked at Curtiss Wright in Columbus until he entered the military. He enlisted in the U. S. Army on August 4, 1942, and served as a staff sergeant in the European theater in World War II. Always proud of his service to his country, he thoroughly enjoyed his 2008 Honor Flight trip to the WW II Memorial in Washington, DC.
Upon returning to Pike County from his military service, Bob worked for Holberg Jewelers. Upon Mr. Holberg's death, he purchased the jewelry store in 1960 and operated it as Trainer Jewelers until his retirement in 1997.
Public service was an important part of Mr. Trainer's life. He served 16 years on Waverly City Council, 12 years as a Pike County Commissioner and over 50 years as an Evergreen Union Cemetery trustee. He was proud to have been instrumental in the purchase and creation of the Denver Road cemetery.
Bob was an active member of the Waverly First Baptist Church. He was involved in the Waverly Retail Merchants, Masonic Lodge, International Order of Odd Fellows, Pike County Fish and Game and the Pike County Democratic Club.
Bob's interests were many. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and hunting. He particularly enjoyed walleye fishing on Lake Erie and lunching with friends at Wendy's. An avid reader, Bob remained interested in local newspapers and world affairs up until the day of his passing. Bob's greatest joy was his family.
Visiting hours are Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 4 pm to 8 pm at BOTKIN Funeral Home with a Masonic service at 7 pm. The memorial service will be at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon October 27, 2013 at the funeral home with Pastors, Greg Schaffer and Gary Pack officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Evergreen Union Cemetery with military graveside services by American Legion Merritt Post #142 of Waverly.
Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on Oct. 26, 2013