Robert E. Schleter, 84, Seymour, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family.
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Born July 26, 1929, in Seymour, he was the son of Edwin Schleter. On Nov. 29, 1965, in Seymour, he married Joyce E. (Calkins) Gossett, who survives.
Robert was a member of Seymour Christian Church. He attended Hanover College for two years and was retired from Verizon Telephone Co. after 37 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a life member of American Legion Post 89 and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, where he was a past commander and also served on the VFW Honor Guard. Other memberships include the Elks Club, Moose Lodge and Eagles Aerie 655.
He enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his great-great-grandchild. He valued hard work, which he instilled in his family, teaching them that there are great rewards for great effort. He was an avid gardener, and everyone loved to purchase his produce, especially sweet corn and strawberries.
Besides his wife of 48 years, he is survived by his children, Sandy Schrink, Don (Donna) Gossett, Richard (Ronda) Gossett and David Gossett; grandchildren, Greg Gossett, Patrick Gossett, Beth Ann Gossett, Mike (Brandi) Gossett, Brad (Jenny) Gossett, Joby (Michelle) Gossett, Debbie Mousa, Melanie (Todd) Sutton, Kimberly (Ben) Stewart and Angie Gossett; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; brother, Don (Mary) Schleter; and nephews, Don Schleter Jr., Paul (Debbie) Schleter and Mike (Terrie) Schleter.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Schleter; a sister, Lois Smallwood; and aunt, Minnie Schleter.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Voss Chapel, Seymour, with the Rev. Bill Weaver and the Rev. Bill Lockman officiating. Burial will take place at Riverview Cemetery, with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service, and memorials may be written to Seymour Christian Church, Hospice of Schneck Medical Center, or St. Jude Children's Hospital through Voss Funeral Service, Seymour.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home Website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.
Voss and Sons Funeral Service
316 N. Chestnut Street
Seymour, IN 47274
Published in Tribune from Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan. 3, 2014