PIQUA - Robert E. Christy, 78, of Piqua, died at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Piqua Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Aug. 12, 1934, in Piqua to the late David H. Christy and Freda (Thompson) Christy Godfrey. He married Hope J. England on June 26, 1954, in Indiana; and she survives.
Other survivors include four sons, Robert (Cindy) Christy Jr., of Choctaw, Okla., Terry (Diana) Christy and Tom (Janet) Christy, all of Piqua, and Ritch (Maria) Christy of Fishers, Ind.; grandchildren, Jocelyn Bell, Erica (John) Lewis, Tyler Werts, Heather (Nick) Redinbo, Kelli Jenkins, Scott (Mandy) Christy, Megan (fiancé Zac Amand) Christy, Kurt and Darrin Gove, and Tiffany Leffel; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Samuel Bell, Gabrielle, Madeline, Gavin, and Makenna Lewis, Caleb, Abigail Christy, Nicholas and Tylan Redinbo, and Lana and Alexis Merzke. He was preceded in death by two brothers, his twin Bill Christy and David 'Bud" Christy; two sisters, Marjorie "Sis" Wentworth and Jeannette Manianci, and a grandson, Thomas Christy.
Mr. Christy was a 1952 graduate of Piqua Central High School and was employed for nearly 50 years at the French Oil Mill Machinery Company as a foreman in the assembly department, the experimental department and finally as a sales representative in customer service, which enabled him to travel the world for the company.
Following retirement, he continued working as a Walmart greeter and at Echo Hills Golf Course. He was very active with the school system as his children were being raised and active with their Scouting programs. He was a founding member of the Piqua Horseshoe Club and enjoyed playing many sports including softball, bowling and golf.
Additionally, he and his wife, Hope, enjoyed 59 years of marriage and were avid square dancers. He was recently honored to cut the ribbon for the new Shawnee Bridge, representing the citizens of the Shawnee area.
A service to honor his life will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home with Hospice Chaplain Edward Ellis officiating. Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County Inc., P. O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com