Robert Nartker


DELPHOS — Robert E. Nartker, former president and board member of The Commercial Bank of Delphos, passed away Wednesday, October 16 at Van Wert Hospice Center

His Family…. He was born October 5, 1927 to the late Victor and Velma (Good) Nartker. He married Cecilia (Sager) Nartker 65 years ago on May 8, 1948 and became patriarch to 5 daughters: Cynthia Kemper, Jan (Dennis) Seffernick, Vicki (Charlie) Walker, Mary (Nick) Mueller and Laura (Paul) Killen; 13 grandchildren: Jeff (Missy), Chris (Erin), Michele (Balázs) Hargittai and Jennifer Seffernick (Mervyn deSouza); Tricia (Greg) Shinnick and Tracy (Tim) Rowland; James (Tammy) and Curt (Angie) Mueller; Lindsay Roberts, Riley and Andrew Killen; 13 great-grandchildren: Brittany and Kevin Kemper; Cecilia "C.J." and Christina Kemper; Matthew and Stephanie Hargittai; Samantha and Alexandra deSouza; Ainsley and Declan Shinnick; Allison Rowland; Erin and Alexis Mueller.

He is also survived by a sister, Doris (Gene) Deters of Kalida and a brother, Donald Jack (Betty) Nartker of Elida. He is survived by sisters-in-law Eleanor Knueve, Kathy Sager and Betty Ducey of Putnam County; Marietta Sager of Texas; and Arla Karam of Columbus.

Bob was preceded in death by a son-in-law Jerry Kemper, grandsons Scott Kemper and Kevin "Spanky" Kemper.

His Legacy….Bob was a member of Delphos St. John Catholic Church, a veteran of WWII (Navy), the VFW, the American Legion (Delphos), the Rotary Club, Optimist Club, the Delphos Club, Eagles (Delphos and Lima), and the Knights of Columbus (Delphos, Past Grand Knight)

His Farewell Services…Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 21 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Chris Bohnsack officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by the Delphos Veterans Council.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus service at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to St. John's Teacher Endowment Fund or Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center. Online condolences may be shared at

Published in The Lima News from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2013