Robert J. Greenler, 89, of Perrysburg, OH passed away peacefully at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, surrounded by loving support from his family and friends. He was born on August 21, 1924, to Carl and Nellie (Casteel) Greenler in Florida, Ohio. After graduating from Holgate High School in 1943, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp to begin pilot qualification training in Texas. He then married his high school sweetheart, Ramona Clark, on August 24, 1944. He was discharged in November 1945 because additional pilots were no longer required. Bob received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo in June, 1950. He also later received a diploma from the Harvard Advanced Management School in 1973. He began his career at General Motors and switched to Libby Owens Ford to begin his lifelong career in the glass industry. In 1957, he moved to Ford Motor Company where he helped build the Glass Division until he retired as the Manager of Staff and Operations in 1977. Upon retirement from Ford, he served 5 years as Executive Vice President of Glass Tech in Perrysburg and then continued his career for several years as an independent consultant. Bob holds 20 patents in float glass manufacturing, glass bending and tempering, and one for a medical device which aids in arthroscopic surgery. Following his retirement, he dedicated himself to his hobbies of skeet shooting, sporting clays, and rifle and pistol shooting. He also helped countless people with his machinist and gunsmith skills. He traveled to many sporting clays competitions with his grandson, Matt Houtteman. In 1993, Bob was on the NSCA All-American Sporting Clays Team. He was a member of American Legion Post 28 in Perrysburg, Endowment Member of the NRA and Life Member of Adams Conservation Club. Bob had a lifelong interest in military history and in tales of the Old West and was always an avid fan of Ohio State football, Tigers baseball, and Redwings hockey.
Bob is survived by his wife, Ramona; daughters, Patricia E. (Steve Wayne) Cotten of Broken Arrow, OK and Joyce A. (Robert J.) Houtteman of Plymouth, MI; grandchildren, Todd E. (Kathleen) Cotten, Alan W. (Jessica) Cotten, and Matthew R. Houtteman; great-grandchildren, Caleb A. Cotten, Alexandria Sepeda and Victoria Ninke; sister, Norma (Harold) Dison of Rochester, MN; many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013, at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg, OH where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013, with burial in Fort Meigs Cemetery. Memorials may be made in the form of contributions to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551. Condolences to the family may be made by visiting
Published in Toledo Blade on Dec. 20, 2013