83, of Bradenton went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Born in Beaver County, Oklahoma, he had been a local resident since 2001 after moving here from Hope Mills, North Carolina. At the age of 18 Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served three tours of duty in Korea, two tours of duty in Germany and two tours of duty in Vietnam. In 1971 after over twenty years of service he retired from the military as a First Sergeant. Robert was married to Jean Straughan prior to her passing in 2007. After his military career he worked for six years as a realtor and started Ollenberger Realty in North Carolina. In 1980 Robert graduated from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and was ordained. After pastoring at three churches in North Carolina, Pastor Ollenberger retired due to health reasons and moved to Florida. Robert was a member of First Baptist Church of Bradenton where he met and later married Hazel Carroll. Pastor Ollenberger was a member of the Patriot Circle with the D.A.V., the American Legion, he also enjoyed singing, making stained glass, wood working and golf. Survivors include his loving wife of eight years, Hazel, son, Martin Wayne Ollenberger; stepson, David Thomas Walker; brother, Vernon (Delraye) Ollenberger; sisters, Doris Platner; and Connie Kavanaugh. Also surviving are six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Jean; daughter, Tina Ollenberger Thomas; brother, Max Ollenberger; sisters, Fairlene McDonald and Barbara Ollenberger. A committal ceremony with Military Honors will be conducted at Sarasota National Cemetery on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd. Arrangements by All Veterans-All Families Funerals & Cremations.
All Veterans-All Families Funerals & Cremations
40 Sarasota Center Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34240
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Aug. 25, 2016