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Robert S. Deafenbaugh

NEWARK: A funeral service celebrating the life of Robert S. Deafenbaugh, age 93, of Newark, will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 7, at First Baptist Church Heath, 525 South 30th Street, Heath, with Pastor Noel Dear officiating.

Mr. Deafenbaugh passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Pleasantville, Ohio at Heartland of Fairfield. He was born October 11, 1920 in Bellaire, Ohio to the late George E. and Grace (Jones) Deafenbaugh.

Mr. Deafenbaugh served this community all his life fighting to protect our freedom in active duty with the United States Air Corps in WWII, as well as active duty in the Korean War for the US Air Force. He returned from active duty to continue his service in the Air Force Reserves retiring with the rank of Major.

He continued his tireless service to others in the Newark School System as an Industrial Arts teacher. There he earned many awards for excellence including outstanding Industrial Arts Educator. He progressed to the post of supervisor of Vocational and Industrial Education Departments for Newark Public Schools. His years of service spanned more than three decades.

Though Bob had many accomplishments throughout his years, his most treasured and shining epitaph is his love for life, tenacity to try and experience new things and his "can do" attitude which was never more apparent than when at the age of 84 he decided to start his life over, marry Joy and had a son, Morgan. His life was richly blessed.

He is survived by his wife, Joy; two sons, Robert J. (Nancy) Deafenbaugh of Sidney, Ohio and Morgan Deafenbaugh of the home; a daughter, Georgette (Peter) Binnington of Georgia; and five grandchildren, Michelle, Dylan, Daniel, Mary Beth and Anne.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Deafenbaugh who was killed in WWII combat; and two loving wives, Mary Pichard and Geraldine King Deafenbaugh.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice - 6500 Busch Blvd. Suite 210, Cols. OH 43229.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, at The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark where the Licking County Veterans Alliance will provide military honors. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, West Virginia.

Please visit to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the Deafenbaugh family.


Published in the Advocate on Feb. 5, 2014
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