Robert A. Mahaffey PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 July 2013 11:40
MahaffeyB-obitRobert “Bob” A. Mahaffey, 89, of Wayne, passed away at 5:59 p.m. on July 7, 2013 at Bridge Hospice, Bowling Green.
He was born on February 8, 1924 in Rudolph, Ohio, to the late Charles E. and Pearl J. (Harman) Mahaffey. He married Helen Irene Buksar on April 28, 1945, and she preceded him in death on December 13, 1997.
Surviving are sons, Scott of San Antonio, Texas; Michael (Cathy) of Elk Rapids, Michigan; Robert (Amy) of Dublin; daughters, Sharon (Ron) Book of The Villages, Florida; Karen (Larry) Lentz of Wayne; sister, Patricia (Squire) Richard of Lebanon; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Janet L. Ackerman; brother, James; sister, Ruth (William) Rojewski; and grandson, Kurt W. Book.
Bob graduated from Liberty High School in 1942, and was drafted into the Army in 1943. He joined the 88th Infantry Division at Camp Gruber, after training at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas. Assigned to Division Headquarters MP Platoon, he transferred to Calvary Reconnaissance Troop in 1944. He was wounded in 1944 just south of Po Valley and spent eight months in different hospitals overseas and in the states. Bob received an Honorable Medical Discharge from the Army in 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart with one Battle Star for his ETO ribbon (European Theater of Operation).
Bob and Helen met while he was recovering at William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. As fate would have it, Helen had just graduated from nursing school, and was assigned to Bob’s hospital ward. It was love at first sight and they were married in El Paso, Texas the day after he was discharged. They moved to Bowling Green a couple of months later.
Bob graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1949. He retired in 1986 as Controller and Vice President of Ed Schmidt Pontiac, GMC, Inc., Perrysburg.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, where he was the first president of the Holy Name Society, and taught catechism to ninth and 10th grade boys. He served on The Bowling Green City Council; was president of the University PTA; chairman of the Education Committee of the Chamber of Commerce; board member of the Wood County Red Cross; board member of Skyline View Trailer Park, Catawba Island; board member of Wayne Public Library; Scout Master for a Boy Scout troop; and secretary for the Junior Fair Board.
Robert’s greatest joy in life was his family. In his memoirs he writes: “Have faith, maintain a sense of humor, don’t take life too seriously, enjoy life, and most importantly, enjoy family.”
Visitation for Bob will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at DUNN FUNERAL HOME, located in the historical district of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster Street. The funeral service will follow at 11:30.
Memorial contributions may be gifted in his honor to Bridge Hospice Care Center, 1069 Klotz Rd., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
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