Robert E. “Pete” Pannell


Robert E. “Pete” Pannell

April 24, 1941 – April 30, 2024

Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. Brother. Cousin, uncle, great-uncle. Friend. No matter who Robert Pannell was to you, you knew him as “Pete.” And Pete was a master craftsman, the family comedian, and a family man who erased the cliche of that term with an abundance of love for his family.

That family stretched well beyond the confines of those who shared his DNA. If Pete loved you, you were family. He absolutely adored his home state of West Virginia, so much so that he built a second small home there to visit frequently and to spend time with his family. He crafted beautiful clocks, furniture, toys, and anything else you could possibly create from wood in his workshop.

Pete was a source of love and support for the ones he loved, no matter the challenges they were facing. There’s a lot to remember about Pete. But the most memorable thing is how much love he had in his heart for his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandson, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The world is forever changed because he’s gone. But not nearly as much as it’s changed because he was here.

He will be missed by his wife Linda (Schroeder) Pannell, children Julie (Randy) Becker, Mark Pannell, and Katy (Paul) Kowalik, who was like a daughter to him. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Alex Becker, Anna (Ryan) Finn, Katie Becker, and Noah Pannell, his great-grandson Colter Finn, brothers George (Maryann) Pannell, Donny (Connie) Pannell, and Michael (Pam) Pannell, sisters Mary (Donald) Philpott, Juanita Pannell, Barbara Keppe, and Debra Bolen.

He survived the loss of his half-siblings Ray Pannell, Hobert Pannell, George Pannell Jr., and Wilda Blankenship.

A celebration of life will be held at Thompson Stone Hall at Otsego Park on Thursday, May 16th, 2024 from 3-6 p.m.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home Tontogany, Ohio.

Please consider donating to Hospice of Northwest Ohio in lieu of flowers.

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