|Robert J. Szana|
|Written by provided to Sentinel-Tribune|
|Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:28|
Robert J. Szana DDS, 89, of Bowling Green, Ohio and formerly of Waterville, Ohio, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012.
Bob was born in Toledo, Ohio to the late George William and Margaret (Piriczky) Szana. He married Helen E. (Opdyke) Szana on December 29, 1943 in Toledo, Ohio, and she survives in Bowling Green.
Bob was a 1941 graduate of the Mount Vernon Academy in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. After graduation he went on to Washington Missionary College in Tacoma Park, Maryland, and then completed his study of dentistry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bob also served his country proudly in the United States Army during World War II while stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas during his time of service to our country. After his honorable discharge from the Army, Bob returned to Toledo, Ohio and opened his dental practice located at 316 Michigan Street in Toledo, where he practiced dentistry for 42 years.
Bob was a lifetime member of the Toledo First Adventist Church, a lifetime member of the American Dental Association along with the American Guild of Organists: Toledo and Detroit Chapters. He was also a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science Response Team where he assisted in identifying the 154 victims of the Northwest Airline Flight 25 crash in 1987 in the Detroit suburb of Romulus near the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
Bob loved to play handball. For 40 years he played at the Toledo YMCA three times a week with a group that included a Minister, a member of the Internal Revenue Service, and a well known sports announcer by the name of Frank Gilhooley. Along with his love of handball, Bob had a gift of music and enjoyed playing the piano and organ. Bob's love and gift for music has been passed down to his children.
Bob also enjoyed building Chris Craft model boats from scratch during which he kept a detailed log of each model he completed, many taking up to 200 hours to complete. Bob also was a private pilot and enjoyed taking his friends and family up in his Piper Cub plane. After retiring from his dental practice, Bob and Helen traveled to every state capital in the United States.
Bob was a true family man and will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Bob will be missed especially for his "short, brief and straight to the point phone calls."
Along with his wife Helen, Bob is survived by his three sons: David (Amy) Szana, of Columbus, Ohio; Jim (Sandy) Szana, of Pierre South Dakota; Glenn (Carol) Szana of Bowling Green, Ohio; 13 grandchildren: Kedric Szana; Steffani Szana; Nathan Szana; Isaac Szana; Tara Gray; Justin Gray; Alex Szana; Susie (George) Hubbell; Steven Copley; Kelly Dotson; Wendi (Joe) Overmyer; Ben Dotson; Scott Kenny; six great-grandchildren: Tonya (Brad) Coombe; Heather (Joe) Johnson; Michelle (Jeff) Mangette; Danielle (Kyle) Wasserman; Bohdi Dotson; Maggie Overmyer; four great-great-grandchildren: Colby Coombe; Layne Mangette; Reese Mangette; Hunter Wasserman; a sister: Amy Stockman, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and a son-in-law Bob Thomas, of Denver, Colorado.
Along with his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a daughter: Bonnie Thomas, two brothers: Willie Szana, Georgie Szana and a sister: Lillian Duska.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on December 15, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Toledo First Adventist Church, 4909 W. Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43623.
Arrangements for Robert have been entrusted with the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402, Tele: 419-352-2171.
Memorial donations in Bob's honor may be made to the Toledo First Adventist Church or Bridge Hospice of Bowling Green, 1069 Klotz Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
On-line condolences, as well as fond memories, may be shared with the Szana family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.
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