Robert H. Hegemier, 88

Robert H. Hegemier, 88, of 1909 Kishler Drive, St. Marys, died at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at St. Marys Living Center.

He was born on Jan. 12, 1923, in Ansonia, to Emil and Martha (Vogel) Hegemier, and they preceded him in death.

On May 27, 1944, at Walnut Grove Methodist Church in rural Auglaize County, he married Mary Lea Schamp, and she survives him.

He is also survived by four daughters, Sharon (Ed) Sullivan of St. Marys, Shirley (Mark) Dine of Hilliard, Joan Smith of Celina and  Gloria (Judd) Morrison of Charleston, S.C.; two sons, Gary (Connie) Hegemier  of Earlysville, Va., and Jim (Tracy) Hegemier of Ellenton, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; eight great-stepgrandchildren; four great-great-stepgrandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy (Aniceto) Garcia of Carson City, Nev., Helen (Glenn) Botkin  of La Jolla, Calif., Irene Lininger  of St. Marys.

He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Grace Lee Hegemier; a sister, Anna Sanford; a son-in-law, Michael Smith; a brother-in-law, Louis Lininger.

He was a 1940 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School.

He was a dairy farmer and dealer of recreational vehicles, having owned Hegemier’s Trailer Sales and Service in St. Marys for a number of years. He and his wife, Mary, moved to Florida in 1982, where Bob continued to work in RV sales and, together, served as park and office management at Fountain View RV Resort in North Fort Myers, Fla. After moving to Sarasota/Bradenton area, Bob continued to enjoy working in RV sales.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in St. Marys. He was active in the communities in which he lived, serving on various boards and committees including church council, school board (president), agriculture boards and trustee of a rod and gun club.

Bob took a special interest in genealogy and spent years compiling photographs and history of his family.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road (Ohio 703 West), St. Marys, with the Rev. Dr. Ed Bray officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, near Moulton.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ or to Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center, care of Grace Lee Hegemier memorial fund.

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