Robert W. Springer, 95

Robert W. Springer, 95, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:05 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.  

He was born on Sept. 29, 1916, in St. Marys, the son of Clarence W. and Kathryn (Makley) Springer, and they preceded him in death.  

On Nov. 23, 1940, he married Roma M. Walters, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 1995.

He is survived by his companion, Evelyn Hanson of Wapakoneta; two daughters, Dr. Roberta Loewy of Sacramento, Calif., and Rebecca (John) Seals of Wapakoneta; five grandchildren, Tom Loewy, Dave (Amy) Loewy, Jamie (Jarrod) Broadman, Kelly (Darrell) Nagel and Julie (Greg) Mescher; seven great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Sarah Loewy, Amanda, Justin and Sarah Stewart, Vita Mescher and Jacie Nagel.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Springer; a son-in-law, Dr. Erich Loewy; two brothers, Paul and Charles “Bus” Springer; two sisters, Mary Magdalene Terry and Gertrude “Babe” Springer.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Springer specialized in logistics. He went on to work in the railroad business for several years, finally retiring in 1976 as a manager for the Norfolk & Southern Railroad Co.

His memberships included the Wapakoneta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8445 and the American Legion Post 323 in St. Marys. He was a former member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 691 in Wapakoneta.

Between his two military stints and his career in the railroad business, Mr. Springer played music in a popular area band, The Rhapsodiers, which thrived in the West Central Ohio ballroom scene of the post-World War II era.

A celebration of a life well lived will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 330 in Wapakoneta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the V.A. Medical Center in Dayton.

Arrangements are being conducted by the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta. Condolences may be expressed at