Robert Eugene Minnich, Sr. 78, of Lakeview, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday morning, Aug. 4, 2012, while at his home.
He was born April 9, 1934, in Stokes Township, Logan County, to the late Edna Wallace and Neil Minnich. In May of 1952, he married Judith Ann Smith, and she died in September of 2001. On Feb. 14, 2003, he married Opaline Trimble Watkins, and she survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Bob (Beverly) Minnich Jr., Of Huntsville, Douglas L. (Sheila) Minnich, of Huntsville, William Neil (Pam) Minnich, of Lakeview, and Joseph Micheal (Deb) Minnich, of Bellefontaine; two step-sons, Paul W. (Gayle) Smith, of Chillicothe, and Bud (Kathy) Watkins, of Bellefontaine; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ron (Jan) Minnich of Chino Valley, Ariz.
Robert was a skilled carpenter, owning and operating Minnich Builders prior to retiring. He was a 1952 graduate of Stokes Local Schools. He was a member of the Marysville Church of the Nazarene, and Christ United Methodist Church in Lakeview, where he was very active in his younger years. He also attended the Indian Lake Northside Church of the Nazarene and greatly enjoyed attending Church and his Sunday School Class. He was a former Logan County Sheriffâ€™s deputy in the early 1960â€™s. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and formerly held the record for catching both the largest Bass and Saugeye fish in Indian Lake. He enjoyed ice fishing and did so without any shelter. He was a mentor to many throughout his life, including coaching youth baseball for 20 years and was a former President of the Logan County Baseball Association. He was a rabid fan of OSU Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds. A person who never knew a stranger, he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Shoffstall Funeral Home in Lakeview, with the Revs. Paul Whiteford and Timothy Johnson officiating.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery in New Hampshire.
Contribution may be given to Universal Home Health and Hospice Care.
Condolences can be expressed at shoffstallfuneralhome.com.
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