Robert Francis Echelberry Jr., 91, died peacefully Saturday, December 10, 2022 at his home under the care of his family and Southern Care Hospice.
He was born November 5, 1931 in Upper Sandusky to the late Robert Sr. and Alice Ann (Shawberry) Echelberry and raised in Plymouth where he graduated from high school in 1950. He served in the US Army from 1952-1954. Bob worked many jobs over the years, including Timken, managing Lawson’s stores in Galion and Bucyrus, and finishing his career with FoodTown grocery store.
Bob enjoyed golfing, bowling, taking excellent care of his property, staying busy, and watching the Indians and Browns. He was a member of American Legion Post 181 and former member of Moose Lodge #669.
Bob is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ilona (Haring) Echelberry; children, Vicki (Ken) Adkins, Lyle Echelberry, and Angie Echelberry; sister, Wilma Miller; sisters-in-law, Vicki (Dave) Rohner and Geraldine Alderman; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; along with a special friend and caregiver, Rose.
In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his son, Rodney Echelberry; brothers, Kenny and John Echelberry; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Schell and Dick Alderman; sister-in-law, Betty Echelberry; and nephew, Scott Alderman.
Bob requested no formal services be held. He will be laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery.
The Echelberrys wishes to thank Southern Care Hospice and the VA Team for the wonderful care given in Bob’s final months.
Memorial gifts are encouraged to be made payable to Pleasant Grove Church of Christ to be used for the HELP (Healthcare Equipment Lending Program) ministry. These donations can be mailed to Wise Funeral Service, 129 W Warren St., Bucyrus, Ohio 44820.
Memories and photos can be shared on Robert’s Tribute Wall.