Robert W. Huckeriede, 78

Robert W. Huckeriede, 78, of 2405 Kensington Drive, St. Marys, died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.

He was born on Nov. 17, 1933, in Auglaize County, to Wilbur and A. Ruth (Steva) Huckeriede, and they preceded him in death.

On May 5, 1956, in the Evangelical and Reformed Church in New Knoxville, he married Shirley Janelle Kuck, and she survives.

He is also survived by two sons, David A. (Jan) Huckeriede of Lima and Richard J. “Dick” (Nan) Huckeriede of St. Marys; two daughters, Suzann (Doug) Pusser of New Albany and Laura (Mark) Maag of Ottawa; 11 grandchildren, Brian (Jackie) Huckeriede, Thomas Huckeriede, David Pusser, Madison Pusser, John Steinke, Michael Terry, Zach Ferrall Ali Ferrall, Macy Ferrall, Ashley Maag and Katie Maag; three sisters-in-law, Mary Lou (Robert) Rutkowski of Centerville, Cindy Huckeriede of Garrett, Ind., and Carol (James) Moss of Fishers, Ind.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Anthony David Huckeriede; a brother, James L. Huckeriede; his stepmother, Mary L. Adams-Huckeriede.

He was a 1951 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and remained a huge fan of Roughrider sports programs throughout his life.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, and he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., from 1956 to 1958.

He was a retired production and supervisory employee from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in St. Marys, with 31 years of service. In addition, he owned and  operated  Huckeriede Lawn Service for more than 30 years.

He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in St. Marys.

Bob had a love of the great outdoors and was particularly interested in lawn care and hunting. He also spent many seasons as a softball pitcher, playing fast-pitch for Parker Motors and slow-pitch for Moulton Merchants. On cold winter days, Bob could often be found playing ice hockey on the frozen 40 Acre Pond north of St. Marys.

Bob and his wife Shirley enjoyed travelling together and visited all 50 United States and many foreign countries. He also loved to play practical jokes on his unsuspecting family and friends.

Funeral rites are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 201 N. Perry St., St. Marys, with the Rev. Ed Bray officiating.

Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road (Ohio 703 West Chapel), St. Marys, and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Paul’s UCC.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, 920 N. Cable Road, Lima.

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