Robert Janowiak

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Robert J. "Bob" Janowiak

LEXINGTON: Friendly, Bob Janowiak's easy-going disposition was pleasant…even a bit contagious. Either at work or around town, he always took the time to say "hi", or "how are you doing?" A man of integrity, Bob stood by his word and taught his family to do the same.

Called to his Lord, on Saturday July 5, 2014, Robert J. "Bob" Janowiak passed away suddenly while at home. He was 74.

Born September 13, 1939 in Delray, Michigan, Bob was the only child of Joseph and Bernadine (Michalek) Janowiak. After graduating from Lincoln Park High School, Bob served in the Marine Corps. and was honorably discharged in 1959.

In the late 1950's Bob met Muriel Syroka. After dating for three years, Bob and Muriel were married on September 15, 1962. Bob fit right in with Muriel's family and was a welcome addition to the Syroka family.

Hard working, Bob began his career with General Motors as a tool maker. When he retired 37 years later he held the position of supervisor. Admired by all of the men who worked for him, Bob was a great supervisor. Treating his men fairly, Bob was a positive person who knew his employees on a personal level.

A self taught carpenter, Bob learned by doing, and had an extensive collection of woodworking books and magazines to learn from. While living in Michigan, he crafted a barn that still stands to this day. He also built smaller furniture items such as a computer desk, book shelf, beds, cradles, work benches and nursing stools. He loved creating handmade pieces for his family, and he made sure to place his signature, or stamp of approval, on all his projects.

Bob was very talented. He enjoyed bowling, and even bowled a near perfect game, scoring a 287. A farmer, at one time Bob ran a horse farm, where he also harvested hay and tended to sheep.

His favorite artist was Johnny Cash. Bob enjoyed classic gospel music as well.

A member of Resurrection Parish, Bob served as usher. Earlier in life he was a volunteer fireman. Currently Bob was serving his second term as Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus Chapter 8357. He was a member of Amvets Post #87, was a 4-H leader, and was president of the Romeo Men's Club.

Lovingly referred to as "Pops" by those closest to him, Bob was tenderhearted; a man who cared more for his family than himself.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Muriel Janowiak of Lexington; daughters and sons-in-law Jodi and Randy Dosier of Walton, Kentucky, Jani and Mike Hendrix of Upper Arlington, and Joni Janowiak (Jason Masterson) of Columbus; son and daughter-in-law Rob and Tiffany Janowiak of Akron; grandchildren Mckenna and Caden Dosier and Jack, Joe and Ben Hendrix; father-in-law Stanley Syroka; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Mearle Childs, Serena and Val Lemoncelli, Stanley and Betty Syroka, Stashia and Bill Nicol, and Frankie and Ted Schoen; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and his beloved Pitbull-Lab mix, Molli.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 3:30pm-7pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Vigil services will begin at 3:30pm and rosary services will be held at 7pm. Calling hours will resume on Thursday from 10am-11am at Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Avenue, where mass will begin at 11am. The Very Rev. Father Nelson Beaver will officiate. Military honors performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow mass.

Memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Foundation or St. Jude Children's Hospital may be made through the funeral home.

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Published in the News Journal from July 7 to July 8, 2014
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