Robert Calvin Longsworth, 88, passed away from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at the Gardens of Wapakoneta, surrounded by his loving family.
Robert was born on Oct. 23, 1924, in Auglaize County in Moulton Township, the son of Lloyd and Esther (Badertscher) Longworth, and they preceded him in death.
On April 9, 1947, he married Bernice J. Nuss, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 5, 2006.
He is survived by his sons, Dennis (Gayla) Longsworth and Gary (Paula) Longsworth; a daughter-in-law, Janice Longsworth; his grandchildren, Gabriel Longsworth, Aaron (Alicia) Longsworth, Missy (Casey) Longsworth-Crisp and Derek Longsworth; four stepgrandchildren, David (Amanda), Daniel (Christie) Moore, Dean (Megan) Moore and Misty (Brian) Hisle; four great-grandchildren, Alden Longsworth, Allison Longsworth, Alex Longsworth and Zachary Longsworth; six great-stepgrandchildren, Tanner Catron, Hannah Hisle, Dakota Hisle, Dillan Moore, Dawson Moore and Dax Moore; a sister, Alice (Kenneth) Lynn; two sister-in-laws, Dorothy Nuss and Naomi Longworth; a brother-in-law, Melvin Nuss.
He was preceded in death by a son, Larry R. Longsworth; two brothers, Bus Longworth and James Longworth; a sister, Mary Chiles.
Robert was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather.
He was a 1943 graduate of Blume High School.
He was also a machinist at Minster Machine in Minster and later Industrial Equipment/Midmark in Versailles. Robert was recognized many times for the suggestions he made to IE/Midmark for the betterment of the company. He was a member of United Church of Christ in St. Marys.
He volunteered his time and talent by making wooden keepsake boxes for all of the children being baptized into the church. Bob was always willing to help others and was never too busy to listen. Bob was a Scout leader for Troop 199, while his sons, Dennis and Larry, were in the Boy Scouts.
Robert’s avocation was his wood working and metal lathing skills. He enjoyed building small, gasoline-powered engines in his basement workshop, where he made family heirlooms. He was a master craftsman. Bob also enjoyed photography and developing his own film.
The memorial service of Thanksgiving and celebration will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bayliff and Eley Funeral Home, Ohio 501, Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Joy Miller and the Rev. Ed Bray officiating.
Interment will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta.
Calling hours will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice or to the charity of the donor’s choice.