|Robert Stalter Sr.|
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|Monday, 09 September 2013 09:20|
Robert James Stalter Sr.
Robert was born in Akron, Ohio in 1927 to Joseph and Elizabeth Stalter.
He was the fifth of eight children. Mary, Irene, Tom and Joseph preceded Bob in death. Sr. Francine, Geraldine and Beth survive.
Prior to entering the Army in 1943 during World War II, Bob worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber, pushing a lunch cart at the Corporate Headquarters in Akron. At the end of the war, he returned to Akron and his job at Goodyear.
Shortly after his return, he met the love of his life, Betty Boliek and married her two years later at St. Matthews Church in 1949. Bob and Betty recently celebrated their 64th Anniversary with their children, Robert Stalter, Jr. (Sanford, NC), Theresa and Michael Marsh (Bowling Green), Mary Ann and Brian Hennessy (Rossford), Daniel and Martina Stalter and Thomas and Susan Stalter (Bowling Green).
Bob completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Akron University while continuing working at Goodyear. In 1969, he was transferred to the Goodyear Plant in Luckey, Ohio. While working at this plant, he became Development Manager and was in charge of several projects involving foam products, including high end automobile seats and wheels as well as an innovative mattress that became a best selling product for Sears and Roebuck. During his 46-year career, Bob had nine patents and multiple inventions related to the manufacturing process. His innovations and work ethic as well as his ability to work as part of a team made him an important part of the company.
To his fellow employees, Bob was the ultimate company man. Working long hours and doing whatever it takes to complete the job. To his family, he was the ultimate husband, father and grandfather. He always went to work in the early hours of the morning so that he could put in a long day and still be home for dinner with the family. Bob retired at the age of 61.
He enjoyed a long retirement doing the things that he loved. He was an excellent woodworker, filling his and all of the children's homes with well crafted furniture. He also enjoyed gardening and produced more vegetables from his small garden in the back yard than seemed possible. He also enjoyed reading, attendance at grandchildren's' sporting events, playing golf and fishing until recent years.
Bob was dedicated to serving his family and his church, St. Aloysius Church in Bowling Green, of which he is a member. He was always available to help with family and friend's projects. He was a Past Grand Knight in Knights of Columbus Council #6373.
The ultimate joy in his life was spending time with Betty and his children and grandchildren. His love of children was evident from the broad smile that appeared on his and the children's faces when they were together.
Bob and Betty have 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren in Northwest Ohio and North Carolina. As each of them visited Bob during his final days, the reaction of each was indicative of the warmth and love that they had for each other. He made his family feel as if he they were the most important and special people in his life. While it was unusual for Bob to express his feelings verbally, each of his family members knew of his love and devotion through his actions. He led by example rather than by words.
Each member of this large and diverse family will be the legacy of the union of Bob and Betty. Few families have remained as close over the years and miles as Bob's.
This man exhibited the true values of a Christian. Humility, devotion, self sacrifice, hard work, good humor and love were all part of his daily life.
While his family and friends are saddened by his passing, they are comforted in the knowledge of his journey to Heaven to be with Jesus and the deceased members of his family, especially Veronica, his great grandchild that preceded him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Bowling Green. Father Mark Davis will officiate. Interment will follow the Mass at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Public visitation will begin on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the service time at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to DUNN FUNERAL HOME located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 W. Wooster St.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Aloysius Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.dunnfuneralhome.com.
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