Rev. "Bob" Robert W. Zinsmeister, 86, of Middlefield, died Feb. 17, 2014 at Briar Hill Care Center.
He was born July 27, 1927 in Zanesville, to the late Robert W. and Alice (nee: Roach) Zinsmeister. He moved to Middlefield in 1966, to serve as Pastor of the Middlefield United Methodist Church until 1973.
From the time he was 16 years old until shortly before he died, Rev. Bob wanted to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. He was an avid sportsman, especially baseball. He was a scholar in the truest sense of the word. He wrote, read, collected books, and shared what he learned with others.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Marjorie (Crawford) Zinsmeister of Middlefield; sisters Nancy (Bill) Miller and Judith Sexton of Zanesville; and several nieces and nephews.
His sister Sally Lemon and brothers John and William Zinsmeister are deceased.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 at Christ Covenant Church, 16406 Kinsman Road, (St. Rt. 87), Middlefield. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church fellowship hall.
Arrangements handled by the Burr Funeral Home, Chardon.
Donations are requested to the Food Cupboard, Middlefield Methodist Church, 14999 S. State Ave., Middlefield, 44062.
Information and condolences on line at www.burrservice.com.