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Robert L. Kohler, 94

April 15, 2013

Robert L. Kohler, 94, a resident at Otterbein-St. Marys and formerly of Celina, Amherst and Spencerville, died at 4:46 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at the Grand Lake Hospice in the Joint Township Hospital in St. Marys.

He was born on Dec. 7, 1918, in St. Marys, a son of Andrew and Maude M. Caldwell Kohler, both of whom preceded him in death.

On Oct. 23, 1937, he married Vonda D. "Vonnie" Seibert, who preceded him in death on March 13, 2006.

Surviving are two daughters, Gloria L. (Jack L.) Ford of Las Vegas, Nev. and Nancy L. Kohler of Conifer, Colo.; two grandsons, Trevor W. Dell of Lancaster and Devin C. (Karen) Dell of N.C.; two great-grandchildren, Natasha Mya Dell and William Howard Dell; three siblings, Betty (Rex (d))Weaver and Barbara (Wilbur) Brubaker, both of St. Marys and Edward Charles "Chuck" (Beth) Kohler of Wapakoneta; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Kohler of Delphos and Stella Kohler of Wapakoneta; special nephew and niece Larry and Sharon Seibert; several other dear nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence and Roy Kohler; and three sisters, Mildred Kohler, Ethel (Leroy) Wibbeler and Mary (Walter) Larsh.

He was formerly a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Celina and later attended the Monticello United Brethren in Christ Church.

He was a 1936 graduate of Memorial High School in St. Marys and worked 30 years at Mersman's in Celina as an electrician. He then moved to Amherst to work 16 1/2 years at the Ford Motor Lorain Assembly Plant, retiring there in 1984.

He served in the Navy in World War II in the South Pacific.

Bob was a 60-year member of Celina Lodge #241, Free and Accepted Masons, the Royal Archmasons Chapter #51 in St. Marys and a member of the Royal and Selected Masters, Council #81 in St. Marys. He was a member of the Bowersock Bros. VFW Post #6772 in Spencerville and the Spirit of Freedom American Legion Post #76 in Las Vegas.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, the Rev. Andrew J. Atkins, officiating.

Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Spencerville Veterans.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, where Masonic memorial rites will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to the Otterbein St. Marys Partner Appreciation Fund or the Grand Lake Hospice Comfort Care.

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