Robert Huckeriede, 78

Robert W. Huckeriede, 78, 2405 Kensington Drive, St. Marys, died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born Nov. 17, 1933, in Auglaize County, the son of A. Ruth (Steva) and Wilbur Huckeriede. On May 5, 1956, in the Evangelical & Reformed Church in New Knoxville, he married Shirley Janelle Kuck, who survives.
Also surviving are two son David A. (Jan) Huckeriede, of Lima and Richard J. “Dick” (Nan) Huckeriede, of St. Marys; two daughters, Suzann (Doug) Pusser, of New Albany, and Laura (Mark) Maag, of Ottawa; 11 grandchildren: Brian (Jackie) Huckeriede, Thomas Huckeriede, David Pusser, Madison Pusser, John Steinke, Michael Terry, Zach Ferrall Ali Ferrall, Macy Ferrall, Ashley Maag, and Katie Maag; a sister Mary Lou (Robert) Rutkowski, of Centerville; a sister-in-law, Cindy Huckeriede of Garrett, Ind.; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol (James) Moss of Fishers, Ind.
He was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Anthony David Huckeriede; a brother, James L. Huckeriede; and his step-mother, Mary L. Adams-Huckeriede.
He was a 1951 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and remained a huge fan of Roughrider sports programs throughout his life.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Wash.from 1956 to 1958.
He was a retired production and supervisory employee from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in St. Marys with 31 years of service. In addition, he owned and operated Huckeriede Lawn Service for over 30 years.
He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in St. Marys.
Bob had a love of the great outdoors and was particularly interested in lawn care and hunting. He also spent many seasons as a softball pitcher, playing fast-pitch for Parker Motors and slow-pitch for Moulton Merchants. On cold winter days, Bob could often be found playing ice hockey on the frozen 40 Acre Pond north of St. Marys. Bob and his wife Shirley enjoyed travelling together and visited all 50 United States and many foreign countries. He also loved to play practical jokes on his unsuspecting family and friends.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 201 N. Perry St., St. Marys, with the Rev. Dr. Ed Bray officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Memorial Contributions may be directed to the St. Paul’s UCC.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home 920 N. Cable Road in Lima.
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