Robert W. "Bob" Whipple

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Robert W. "Bob" Whipple

MOUNT GILEAD: Robert W. "Bob" Whipple, age 77, of Mount Gilead, died Saturday morning, December 1, 2012, at the Woodside Village Care Center in Mount Gilead.

Bob was born on April 6, 1935 in Stantontown, Ohio, the son of the late Lewis Leonard and Hazel Ruth Bryant Whipple. He graduated from Edison High School in the Class of 1953.

On November 24, 1954, Bob married LaVonne Lucille Witzel. Together they raised six children and enjoyed over 25 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on March 17, 1980. A few years later, Bob married Rowena Ruth Ruhl, on September 2, 1984, sharing the last 28 years together.

Bob was employed by H.P.M. in Mount Gilead for 44 years, retiring in 1997. He was a Foreman in the Assembly Department. Following retirement he helped deliver cars for Terry Mowery Chrysler Plymouth in Edison.

For many years, Bob had been a member of the St. John Lutheran Church (Windfall). He was also a member of the Wayne Grange #262 in Fredericktown, a former member of the NRA, and routinely attended the Cornerstone Breakfast Club (the Liars Club).

Bob was an outdoorsman through and through. He especially enjoyed deer and groundhog hunting. He also loved trips to Michigan for salmon fishing and mushroom hunting.

Bob will be dearly missed by his wife, Rowena, of Mount Gilead; a son, Michael Whipple of Delaware; four daughters: Eileen (Dennis) Levering of Mount Gilead, Colleen (Larry) Myers of West Point, Debbie McFarland of Delaware, Gayala (Phillip) Lyons of Cardington; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a sister, Doris (Fred) Osborne of Cardington.

In addition to his first wife and his parents; he was preceded by a son, Harold Whipple; two brothers, Harry and Harold Whipple; twin infant sisters, Rosesella and Rosesetta Whipple; two half brothers, Charles and Dale Whipple; and a half sister, Darlene Lash.

The Whipple family will greet friends from 4 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating his life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Friday with Celebrant Don Lockwood officiating. Burial will follow in St. John Windfall Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Action Program in Mount Gilead, and may be made in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve Bob's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

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Published in the Marion Star on Dec. 4, 2012
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