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Robert "Bob" Leon Breitenbach, age 70, died unexpectedly August 26, 2013.
He was born November 25, 1942, in Waverly, Ohio. He was the son of the late Gilbert and Marvel (Brown) Breitenbach.
He attended Morehead State University and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1963. He began his 50-year career as a funeral director at the McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home in Middletown, Ohio, following graduation. He purchased the funeral home, which became the Breitenbach McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home in 1978.
He married Lillian Lewis in June 1965, in Middletown, Ohio. They were married until her death in July 1979. He married his wife of 33 years, Tina Breitenbach, in January 1980.
As a funeral director, Bob was highly respected among his colleagues and served on the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association Board for six years.
In addition to Bob's endless service to a multitude of families during their greatest time of need, he also demonstrated his love for his community. He gave back to Middletown through his service and support of numerous organizations including Middletown United Way, Middletown Community Foundation, Miami University Middletown Foundation, Middletown Arts Center, Middletown Symphony, Hospice of Middletown, Shriner's International, Masonic Lodge, and Atrium Foundation. As a couple, they established the Bob and Tina Breitenbach Scholarship Fund to support women returning to further their educations.
Bob was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church for 35 years. He served the church in several capacities, including Chair of the Capital Campaign Building Fund, Church Moderator, and participated in missionary work in Thailand. He was a major contributor of funds for the construction of the House of Love Orphanage in Thailand.
Bob was an active member of the Middletown Rotary Club for over 40 years. He was not only proud to be a Rotarian, but really lived his life by their motto of "Service Above Self". He had been serving the Middletown community since the age of twenty-one and September 30, 2013, would have marked the 50 year anniversary of his dedicated work to families in Middletown and the surrounding area.
Bob is survived by his wife of 33 years, Tina Breitenbach, daughter Jennifer Breitenbach Cole and son-in-law James Cole, daughter Monica Wagner, granddaughter Grace Cole, identical twin grandsons Luke and Jack Cole, and grandson Will Cole; one brother Gilbert (Mary) Breitenbach, numerous nephews and nieces, and countless friends.
He will be missed by us all. "Well done my good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:23.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 30th, at Breitenbach McCoy-Leffler Funeral Home from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm and 10:00 am to 11:00 am Saturday, August 31st, at the First Baptist Church, Middletown, Ohio. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am at the church. Burial will follow at Woodside Cemetery, Middletown, Ohio.
A guestbook is available at www.breitenbachfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Middletown Community Foundation's Bob Breitenbach Memorial Fund, First Baptist Church Building Fund, or Middletown Rotary Club.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2013