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Robert "Bob" Forrer

July 19, 2018

Robert L. Forrer, 78, of Payne passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Vancrest of Payne.

Bob was born in Payne on July 21, 1939, a son of the late Glenna (McGrew) and Lee  Forrer.

Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy; worked at BF Goodrich & Nedra Corp.

He will be sadly missed by his children, Sue (Randy) Miller, Marie Forrer, Rebecca (Brian) Whitman, Camille (John) Myers & Rod Germann; brother, Jim & 12 grandchildren & 9 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sharon (Weisman), whom he married July 2, 1982 & brothers, Norman & Jerry.

His funeral service is 11 AM with viewing one hour prior on Friday, July 27th at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne.

Viewing is also Thursday, July 26th, 4 - 7 pm at Dooley Funeral Home.

He will be laid to rest at Dealey Cemetery, with military honors.

Memorials are to Vancrest of Payne Activity Fund or Community Health Prof. 

Fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

BOB'S LIFE STORY

All who knew Robert Forrer would agree that he had a contagious zest for

life that made him so much fun to be around. He worked hard, but he took

the time to enjoy life along the way, with the friends and loved ones he treasured.

A loving husband and father, Bob was filled with great joy to witness his family

 tree blossom to include grandchildren and great-grandchildren, too. He experienced so

many of the best things that life has to offer but it was making memories

with his family and friends that seemed to make him happiest.

Life will never be the same without Bob here, but he leaves behind a timeless

legacy that his loved ones will proudly carry on in his footsteps.

Although things were looking a bit brighter in 1939, America still had a

long way to go after the harsh realities of the Great Depression. There

was great concern, however, as we witnessed WWII gaining momentum

overseas. Amidst this harrowing times for the country, was a time of great celebration in

the lives of Lee and Glenna (McGrew) Forrer as they announced the birth

of the baby boy they named Robert Lee, on July 21, 1939. Born in Payne,

Ohio, the third of 4 boys born four years apart, he was raised in the family home

alongside his brothers, Norman, Jerry, and Jim. His father was a fireman

at Casad Depot in New Haven, Indiana, which was located just across the

state line, while his mother was a homemaker. Sunday’s were the days for

family visits at the home on St Rd 500 and most times, Bob’s father, Lee,

did the cooking as he was the better cook in the family. Glenna, Bob’s mom,

did laundry for local families and learned over the years to clip the boys to

the clothes line to keep track of the rowdy brothers.

Bob raised cows in the local 4-H and loved playing by the creek with his brothers,

Norman and Jerry. Blowing up the outhouse was one of the stories that he spoke

fondly of. They enjoyed going to their trailer at Story Lake in Indiana just to get away.

Bob also liked playing football for the Payne Panthers thru High School until he graduated.

As a young man Bob was eager for all that life had in store. He proudly

served his country in the United States Navy beginning on June 17, 1957.

Once Bob missed boarding his ship in San Francisco and had to fly to the

Philippines and wait for the ship to catch up to him. At the end of his tour, the men

heaved their gear into the ocean in San Francisco. This didn’t

work out so well for Bob and his fellow servicemen as they found out

that they had to turn it in to be discharged… so they had to fish

their gear out of the ocean! He was honorably discharged from the reserves

on June 16, 1963. Bob continued his strong work ethic in the workforce. He made a

career at BF Goodrich in Woodburn, Indiana. After retiring, Bob worked

at Nedra Corp. in Payne. He loved to drive long distances, so this gave him something

to do.

There was never anything of greater significance in Bob’s life than his

loved ones. He was blessed with the births of three children, Sue,

Marie, and Rebecca. When Goodrich would close for two weeks, they would travel

across the vast USA going to many States and camped at many Ohio and Indiana State

Parks on the weekends. An active part of his children's lives, he coached his girls in softball

and was always the loudest parent at sporting events whether he was

coaching or not. When he had to, Bob disciplined the girls. He once chased one of his

girls with a yard stick and it broke both ends off as he ran thru the decorative wrought iron

that separated the dining room from the family room. He wasn’t able to complete the spanking

as he was laughing so hard at the incident. Bob was so blessed to share 18 years of his life with

his first wife, Garnett and over 30 years of his life with his wife, Sharon, whom he married on

July 2, 1982. Throughout his life Bob was one to keep busy. He loved playing cards

with his friends as often as he could. Bob was a race fan who enjoyed 

both NASCAR as well as going to the Indy 500 Time Trials. In addition, he liked hunting, fishing

and snowmobiling as well as dancing with his wife, Sharon.

When reflecting on the life of Robert L. Forrer, it is easy to see the

love he had for his family and friends. He could be a bit stubborn at

times, but he also had a goofy side that was unmatched. Bob was never

one to worry about the little things, rather, he was content in whatever

life brought. A dear man to many, he will be forever missed.

Robert L. Forrer, of Payne, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018, at

Vancrest of Payne. Bob’s family includes his children, Sue (Randy)

Miller, Marie Forrer, Rebecca (Brian) Whitman; step-children, Camille

(John) Myers & Rod Germann; brother, Jim; 12 grandchildren; and 9 great

grandchildren.

 

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sharon (Weisman), whom he

married July 2, 1982 , his parents & brothers, Norman & Jerry.

His funeral service is 11 AM with viewing one hour prior on Friday, July

27th at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne.

Viewing is also Thursday, July 26th, 4 - 7 pm at Dooley Funeral Home.

He will be laid to rest at Dealey Cemetery, with military honors.

Memorials are to Vancrest of Payne Activity Fund or Hospice (Community

Health Professionals)

Fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

 

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