Robert Eugene Minnich, Sr., 78, of Lakeview, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday morning, August 4, 2012 while at his home.
He was born on April 9, 1934, in Stokes Twp, Logan Co, OH, to the late Neil and Edna Wallace Minnich. He married the former Judith Ann Smith in May 1952 and she died in September 2001. He married Opaline Trimble Watkins on February 14, 2003 and she survives.
He is also survived by four sons, Bob (Beverly) Minnich, Jr. and Douglas L. (Sheila) Minnich, both of Huntsville, OH, William Neil (Pam) Minnich of Lakeview, and Joseph Micheal (Deb) Minnich of Bellefontaine, OH, two stepsons, Paul W. (Gayle) Smith of Chillicothe, OH, and Bud (Kathy) Watkins of Bellefontaine, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a brother, Ron (Jan) Minnich of Chino Valley, AZ.
Robert was a skilled carpenter, owning and operating Minnich Builders prior to retiring. He was a 1952 graduate of Stokes Local Schools. He was a member of the Marysville Church of the Nazarene, and Christ United Methodist Church in Lakeview, where he was very active in his younger years. He also attended the Indian Lake Northside Church of the Nazarene and greatly enjoyed attending Church and his Sunday School Class. He was a former Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy in the early 1960’s. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and formerly held the record for catching both the largest Bass and Saugeye fish in Indian Lake. He enjoyed ice fishing and did so without any shelter. He was a mentor to many throughout his life, including coaching youth baseball for 20 years and was a former President of the Logan County Baseball Association. He was a rabid fan of OSU Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds. A person who never knew a stranger, he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Reverends Paul Whiteford and Timothy Johnson will conduct funeral services at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Visitation is Tuesday, August 7 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial is in Walnut Hill Cemetery, New Hampshire, Ohio.
Memorial Contribution may be given in his name to Universal Home Health and Hospice Care.
Condolences can be expressed at shoffstallfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview.