Robert "Bob" Eugene Kerlin, 78, has gone to be with the Lord Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. Bob resided at Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky, for the past four years. Prior to that, he resided in Fremont for nine years and Old Fort, Ohio, for 41 years.
Bob was born July 17, 1929, in Maple Grove, Ohio, to Willard John Dallas Kerlin and Rena Marie Smyser Durst. He attended Old Fort Schools and served in the Army during the Korean War from 1951-53. He married Phyllis Ann (Pollock) Kerlin on Nov. 13, 1950, and they recently celebrated 57 years of marriage.
Bob was employed by Basic Refractories in Maple Grove, retiring in 1985 after 37 years of working as a millwright and electrician. He served as a volunteer firefighter for approximately 25 years with the Old Fort Fire Department. Bob and Phyllis were founding members of Deliverance Temple in Fremont, investing many years in its growth and care. He enjoyed camping, caring for his garden, and woodworking.,
He is survived by wife, Phyllis (Pollock) Kerlin; three sons Dan (Sue) Kerlin of Findlay, Ohio, Gary (Brenda) Kerlin of Castalia and Robert "Bob" (Dawn) Kerlin of Fremont; mother, Rena Marie Smyser Durst; stepmother, Helen Kerlin; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Willard Kerlin; stepfather, William Durst; brother, Willard John Kerlin; and three grandchildren.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Ransom Funeral Home, 610 S. Washington St., Castalia, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. Pastor Mark Recmy will officiate. Burial will be in Castalia Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank everyone at Ohio Veterans Home who has so diligently and compassionately cared for Bob in every possible way these past four years, as well as the compassionate Hospice team, which provided care in his time of need.
Memorials may be made to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 and to the Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, 2500 North Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615.
Condolences may be made to ransomfuneralhome.com