Robert W. “Bob” Croft, 86

Robert W. “Bob” Croft, 86, of Indian River, Mich., formerly of Spencerville, died at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2011, a the Hospice House of Cheboygan in Cheboygan, Mich.

He was born on Aug. 23, 1924, in Allen County, to Forrest and Ethel Marie (Davenport) Croft, and they preceded him in death.

On Nov. 18, 1943, he married Donna L. Ross, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 12, 1976.

He is survived by his special friend, Patricia Shively of Delphos; two sons, Dennis L. (Patty) Croft of Wolverine, Mich., and James E. “Eddie” (Darlene) Croft of Alanson, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; one stepgreat-great-grandson; three siblings.

He was preceded in death by a sister.

He was an Army veteran, having served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborn Division in the European Theater during World War II.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, with the Rev. David W. Howell officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery with military rites by the Spencerville Veterans.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Spencerville Veterans Memorial Park fund.