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
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
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.