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John Robert Baechle

AGE: 83 • Holmdel

John Robert (Bob) Baechle, 83, of Holmdel, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Bob was born Feb. 22, 1930 Ephrata, PA, he attended St. Mary's High School, Lancaster, OH & Ohio State University, Columbus OH, where he was a member of Sigma Xi fraternity, and earned a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering & then his PhD. Bob worked at the Antennae Labs at Ohio State while pursuing his PhD, followed by an accomplished career at Bell Laboratories in Whippany & Holmdel NJ. Bob held several positions on the Parsippany-Troy Hills Library Board, including President & Treasurer. After retiring from Bell Labs, he taught Mathematics & Computer Science at Ocean County College, Toms River NJ and NJIT, Newark, NJ. He served as an Officer & member of the Executive Board of the Shrewsbury Power Squadrons.

Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Julie Parsell Baechle; his parents, Robert John & Helen Kennedy Baechle; 2 grandchildren, Gerald A. Jennings Jr., and Jeremy Mark Jennings, and several aunts. He is survived by his brother, James J. Baechle & wife Chris of NY; children, Cheryl L. Jennings of NJ, Paula B. Miller & her husband Joseph of NC, James J. Baechle II of OH, Karen S. Smythe & her husband James of NJ & Lisa B. Torres & her husband Louis of NJ; grandchildren, Dwayne A. Jennings & wife Holly of WI, Eric M. Baechle of HI/DC, Michael Baechle of WA, Samantha B. Rankin & her husband Jeremy of WA, James F. Smythe of NJ, Kim B. Torres of NJ, and Joe B. Torres of NJ/FL; 3 great-grandchildren, Corrado Jennings, Gabrielle Jennings & Lillian Jennings; and a very special friend, Norma Bagby of OH.

Bob loved his family & enjoyed spending time with them. He also loved sailing, reading, music, computers, travel, science & engineering, walking, education of any kind, activities with the many organizations he belonged to, including the Holmdel Half Century Club, IEEE & Mensa.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 165 Bethany Road, Holmdel. A gathering of friends and family will be held following the church service at the Holmdel Senior/Community Center, 6 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel (next to the Post Office). Donations can be made to the in lieu of other remembrances. Arrangements entrusted to Holmdel Funeral Home.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 19, 2014
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