BELLVILLE: Robert Coursen peacefully passed away Tuesday March 22, 2016 in his Bellville home surrounded by his family following an extended illness. He was 69.
He was born February 6, 1947 in Bellville to parents Franklin & Velma (Lucas) Coursen and grew up on the family farm with three sisters. He proudly served his country by joining the US Navy where he fought during Vietnam. He continued his service in a career with the Navy over 20 years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1984. Notably, Bob was the zone supervisor for the Mansfield recruiting district. Bob also worked 20 years for ArcelorMittal in Shelby.
While in Florida for recruitment training, a beautiful young lady named Margaret Van Hook caught Bob's eye and he wasted no time in asking her to move to Bellville with him. The pair married on November 27, 1982.
Bob was always a clean cut man who thoroughly enjoyed hunting deer and rabbits, learning history—especially WWII, fishing, riding his motorcycle, and reading. He passed his love of guns and hunting on to his boys. His friends and family will miss his dry sense of humor and his steadfast stubbornness.
Bob was a Past Commander and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #535 of Bellville. He was also a lifetime member of the AMVETS #26, VFW Robert L Castor Post 5101 in Lexington, the Fleet Reserve Assoc., and the 40&8.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years Margaret Coursen of Bellville; five children: Michelle Philman of Knoxville, TN, Heidi Kenyon of Inverness, FL, Kenneth Van Hook of Bellville, Wesley Coursen of Bellville, and Tim Kershner of Ashland; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters Janet (Bill) DeVault, Joann (Steve) Thompson, and Pat McQuillen; a very dear friend John Koon; his much loved dog Toto (a Cairn Terrier), along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
His family will receive friends, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday March 26, 2016 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Road) where a memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 3:30 p.m. and Celebrant Jerry Wilson will officiate. Military honors in Bellville Cemetery will be performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville.
Contributions in his memory to OhioHealth Hospice may be made at his services.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bob's family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence at SnyderFuneralHomes.com