Riverside Christian Church
Sunday August 30th, 2015
2:00pm - 6:00pm
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Robert M Silliman
Robert M. Silliman, 81, of Antwerp passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at The Laurels of Defiance.
Bob was born in Fort Wayne on October 17, 1933, a son of the late Helen (Hammeral) and Merritt Silliman.
He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electrician.
In 1953 he married Patricia Boff and had 5 children, Michael (Christine) of Defiance, Mary Ann (Garry) Crites of Durham, NC, Sharon of Paulding, David (Barb) of Cromwell, IN & Stephen of Cincinnati. Bob had 8 grandchildren & 5 great grandchildren.
Bob held a master electrician license and was employed at Campbell Soup; BF Goodrich, where he was a union executive for 5 years; International Harvester and prior to retiring was on division technical staff for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline. He also started to work as an artist at age 11. He held exhibits at the Fort Wayne & Toledo Museums of Art. He painted many commissioned works and was past vice president of Defiance Society of Artists & was a member of Oil Painters of America; Fort Wayne Artist Guild & Monday Morning Painters of Toledo.
Bob managed Antwerp Little League Baseball, helped start an Archery Club & served on the Antwerp Zoning Board. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, where he served as a lector; a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus & a Secular Franciscan in the 3rd Order of St. Francis of Assisi. He helped start the St. Michael the Archangel Fraternity, Hicksville.
Viewing is Monday, 9 - 10:15 am at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp, where viewing is also, Sunday
2 - 6 pm, with the Rosary recited at 6 pm.
Funeral Mass is Monday, 11 am at Saint Michael's Catholic Church, Hicksville.
He will be laid to rest at Fountan Grove Cemetery, Bryan.
Memorials to Maryknoll Missions or Amazon Relief.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com
I'D like to send my condolence to your family and share this scripture. I hope it brings you comfort. Psalm 147 : 3 says Jehovah is healing the broken hearted ones and is binding up their painful spot. Please allow him to do so for you.
marycannon Sep 23 2015 12:00 AM
Mike, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I remember you taking days off to paint with your father. I could tell that you had a special relationship with him. Please accept my sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ed Foster Aug 31 2015 12:00 AM
Sending condolence to pat and the family so sorry to hear about Bob!!
Antwerp ohio Aug 30 2015 12:00 AM
We were blessed to have met Bob several times with Jeff's family. We knew Bob to be a quality human being and continue to witness his influence on GRANDson Jeff.
"Blest be the tie that binds..."
Peace and love to all Bob's family
Jini & Leroy Hushak Aug 30 2015 12:00 AM
Bob was truly a gift from God shared by many. The greatest commandment to love one another was practiced by this man. The giggle of his loving spouse, Pat was a thread entwined by this couple. Let the unwinding of this thread of love continue to encircle around the hearts of His people. The Liturgy of the Hours training, Franciscan friendship, and his warm generous smile will be missed. Love and prayers to your family.
Becky Kimpel, O.F.S. Aug 30 2015 12:00 AM
TO THE FAMILY OF BOB , I SEND MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU ALL. I WORKED WITH BOB AT PANHANDLE AND HAD SOME GREAT TIMES. EVERY NOW AND THEN I WOULD RUN INTO HIM AT VARIUOS PLACES , AND TALK OF OLD TIMES AT THE PLANT. WILL BE SADLY MISSED. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY
JEFF TEMPEL Aug 29 2015 12:00 AM
I having nothing but positive memories of Bob Silliman! Such a kind & generous man who was loved deeply by his family.
You are all in my prayers for peace & strength. I'm thankful for the memories I have of him. God Bless.
Lisa (Parrish) Bashford & family Aug 29 2015 12:00 AM
Dear Silliman Family,
I remember Bob very fondly from little league baseball. He was always very kind and patient with us. Please receive my sincere condolence.
Mark Walker Aug 28 2015 12:00 AM
Bob was a dear Franciscan friend whose joy and leadership in our fraternity will be sorely missed. He's now enjoying his everlasting reward with Jesus, Mary, Francis, Clare & all the saints. Peace and all Good, Bob!
Sister M. Anita Holzmer, OSF Aug 28 2015 12:00 AM
I worked with Bob at Panhandle always enjoyed the laughter he was always taking about his art he brought some to work that he was proud of but in talking with him I think he was proud of it all always had a smile. Sorry for your loss he was a good guy
Lynn Weaver Aug 28 2015 12:00 AM