|Robert T. Getz|
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|Monday, 27 January 2014 10:45|
Robert (Bob) Getz, 77, of Bowling Green, passed away Friday, January 24, 2014.
Bob was born in Perrysburg, Ohio to the late Frederick and Catherine (Eckel) Getz. He married the love of his life, Beverly (Becky) Leady, on November 3, 1956 at St. Rose Catholic Church and she survives in Bowling Green.
Also surviving are his children: Theresa (Kim) Long of Pemberville, Thomas Getz of Toledo, Tamela (Kevin) Oberdick of Luckey, Tanya (Michael) Brown of Weston, Timothy (Kimberly) Getz of Weston, Tina (Carl) Kale, and Trisha Getz of Bowling Green; a brother: Franklin (Karin) Getz of Pemberville; grandchildren: Christopher, Rob, Angela (Ryan), Curtis, Daniel, Catherine, Michelle (Nolan), Michael, Krysteena, Jacob, Tyler (Molly), Kendra, Chad and Katie; great-grandchildren: Kellan, Logan, Addison and Lyla.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Frederick Getz.
Bob was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church in Perrysburg, which is where he was baptized, and then became a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Bowling Green.
He was a 1954 graduate of Bowling Green High School where he was on the football and basketball teams.
Bob was a true gentleman farmer. He spoke reverently about the ground he tirelessly worked for more than 60 years, and no conversation with Bob ever took place without him discussing the weather, and how it was impacting the planting, the harvest, or the growth of his crops. He was always worried about the conditions, hoping to produce the best crop possible. He raised a variety of crops over the decades including sugar beets, pickles and tomatoes, and most recently Bob put the orange in Halloween for many families by raising thousands of pumpkins that were sold through major stores in the area. Bob was also extremely proud of the stand of huge oak trees on the 15-acre Carter Road property he bought nearly a half century ago. Bob protected those 150-year old giants behind his house, and carefully nurtured the tiny saplings that grew from their acorns. As he got older and it was tougher to walk around his woods, Bob would slowly drive through the woods on a regular basis, either surveying his little patch of paradise, or checking up on those majestic oaks. Sometimes he would park in a grove of the big trees and just sit in his car reading the paper and drinking his coffee, all while soaking up the beauty of what nature had produced. As a lifelong farmer, Bob spent his time growing things, and he seemed to have a special appreciation for those wonderful trees.
Bob loved his family, never missing the chance to brag about his grandchildren, he loved the land he worked, and he loved Notre Dame. He followed sports very closely, but his license plate read “NUTS4ND” and he was truly crazy about the Fighting Irish. Bob attended many Notre Dame games with his family, watched most of the other football and basketball games on TV, read everything he could find about the Irish, and always wanted to talk about Notre Dame football, no matter what time of year it was. Through the lean times in South Bend, and all of the great seasons, Bob’s love for Notre Dame never wavered. Whether in the stands at an Irish game, alongside the combine, or at his special place at the counter, anyone who spent time with Bob will remember a special man, and he will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.
Visitation for Bob will be on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green, Ohio 43402, where his funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Interment will be private in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Bowling Green.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s honor to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, or to Arbor Day Foundation.
Online condolences, as well as fond memories, may be shared with Bob’s family by visiting www.hannemanfh.com.
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|Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 11:11|
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