Robert J. Bayham, 95, of 04370 Poppe Road, St. Marys, died on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at his residence.
He was born on March 14, 1916, in Dayton, the son of Frank and Flora (Hobler) Bayham, and they preceded him in death.
On Jan. 5, 1946, he married Cecilia M. Bochenek, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 3, 2008.
He is survived by his 13 children, Edward (Beverly) Bayham of St. Louis, Mo., Cynthia (William) Newlin of Dayton, Dennis Bayham of Dayton, Sandra (William) Evanoff of Indianapolis, Ind., Marilyn (William) Stewart of Fairborn, Andrew (Amee) Bayham of Louisville, Cecilia Pechler of Huber Heights, Loretta (Suhbash) Verma of Mason, Margie (Doug) Whitling of St. Marys, Paul (Annette) Bayham of St. Marys, Ray (Helen) Bayham of Ypsilanti, Mich., Teresa Young of Parkton, Md., and Robert (Tammy) Bayham of St. Marys; 38 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Bayham.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a Pearl Harbor survivor. He graduated from Kiser High School in Dayton. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys and an Honorary Life Member and a past Grand Knight of Council No. 1592, Knights of Columbus.
He was a life member and past commander of American Legion Post 44 in New Knoxville and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289 in St. Marys. He was a life member and Ohio State Chairman, Emeritus, of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assocation in Dayton.
In 1972, he moved his family to a little farm just south of St. Marys along the Miami and Erie Canal, where he raised chickens and rabbits. He was an avid reader.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, with the Rev. Anthony Cutcher officiating. Burial, with full military rites, will follow at 11:45 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, where memorial donations may be directed to Holy Rosary School Library in St. Marys to purchase reading books for the students.
Condolences may be sent to the family via Millerfuneralhomes.net.