Robert William Herner, 76, of Norwalk, passed away Thursday morning, Aug. 2, 2012, after a brief illness. He battled with Parkinson’s disease for more than 20 years and always believed a cure was on the horizon.
He was born Oct. 4, 1935, in Norwalk, son of late Ralph and Doris (Fry) Herner. After graduating from Bellevue High School in 1953, he served in the U.S. Army from 1957-59 and was stationed the majority of the time in Germany.
Bob worked for more than 37 years at Durable Mat Co., Norwalk, where he started on the production line and worked his way to general manager.
An avid athlete, Bob’s first love was baseball which he always dreamed of playing professionally. Next he turned to softball and became one of the top center fielders in the area. He was also a very good volleyball, basketball and tennis player.
Bob’s positive outlook inspired others. He was a mentor and counselor and helped many young individuals start their careers. He also started Scoopers at the Station and Christian Robert’s Salon and Spa.
Family was always first in Bob’s life, and he adored them all. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Janet (Twaddle), of Norwalk; children, Matthew Robert (Lisa) Herner, of Norwalk, and Suzanne Marie (John) Sopa, of Bay Village, Ohio; grandchildren, Elyse Marie, Hannah Jean, Andrew Robert Jan, and Alaina Grace; brother John Herner, of Monroeville; and sister Margie (Paul) Brookover, of Wakeman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Crossroads Community Church, 414 Gibbs Road, Norwalk. The Rev. Molly Payne will officiate. Private family burial will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Pontiac Township which was founded by his great-grandfather. The family invites friends for dinner, music and card playing at the American Legion Hall, 1544 U.S. 20 W, Norwalk, beginning at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Robert Herner Homerun Fund, c/o KeyBank, 51 E. Main St., Norwalk. Bob had a passion for life and love of sports. The Robert Herner Homerun Fund provides support to children in order to remove any financial barriers that prevent them from playing sports.
Arrangements were handled by Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main Street, Norwalk. Condolences may be shared at norwalkfuneral.com.