LIMA — Robert "Bob" Joseph Jennings age 80, passed away March 30, 2014, at 1:00 am peacefully at his residence. Robert was born March 24, 1934 in Lima, OH, to Raymond and Mary "Mayme" (Dahill) Jennings who preceded him in death. On June 29, 1957 he married Joan E.Kohler Jennings who survives in Lima.
Bob attended the St. John's Parish School and then joined the United States Marine Corp. He served during the Korean War and attained the rank of MSGT. He spent four years in the enlisted and more than twenty years as part of the reserves retiring in 1994. While in the reserves he also worked as a firefighter with the Lima Fire Department for 28 years retiring in 1986 and held the rank as Captain. He also worked part time as a salesman with various companies including Sears Roebuck.With his wife, he was the owner and operator of the Pizza Village in Lima from 1975 until it burnt down in 1978. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and volunteered in the school's cafeteria. He was a member of the VFW #1275. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards, reading, telling stories and writing. He enjoyed writing stories reminiscing about growing up in Lima. A few of these stories were published. He also cherished spending time with his fellow veteran Justin Reynolds, at Shawnee Manor.
He is survived by a Son, Michael L. Jennings of Baltimore, MD, Daughter, Joan (Chris) Sdregas of Crystal Lake, IL, Son, Raymond D. (Carolyn) Jennings of Midland, MI, Son, William E. (Pam Russell) Jennings of Westwood, KS, Son, James P. (Roy Lucas) Jennings of Miami, FL, Daughter, Jean M. Blubaugh of Lima, OH, 11 Grandchildren, Sam and Connor Jennings, Liz, James and Caroline Sdregas, Audrey, Robert Joseph "Joe" and Samantha Jennings, Alexander, Colton and Jessica Blubaugh. He was preceded in death by 1 Brother, John Jennings and 4 Sisters, Mary M. Jennings, Rosemary Banks, Elizabeth "Betty" Lee and Madonna Schmenk. He leaves behind many cherished nieces and nephews and a wide network of friends.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. John's Catholic Church on Friday April 4, 2014 at 10:00am. Officiating will be Fr. David Ross. Friends may call on Thursday at the CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES SHAWNEE CHAPEL from 2-4 and 6-8 pm followed by a 8:00 pm parish wake service. Entombment will be in Gethsemani Cemetery Mausoleum, with military rites by VFW 175 and the Marine Corps Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the St. Rita's Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com