Robert Frederick Hemminger, Huron, passed into eternal life Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2014, at the age of 94 in Stein Hospice Care Center.
He was born Aug. 15, 1919, in Sandusky, to George A. Hemminger and Emeline C. Faber. He graduated from St. Mary High School in 1937.
Of the many organizations he fully participated in (4-H advisor, St. Vincent DePaul, National Farmer's Organization, Knights of Columbus, church committees and many more), he will forever be remembered as “Mr. Habitat” for his dedication to “Firelands Habitat for Humanity” for which he served as a founding member, board member and very hard worker. For the past 20 years he helped build 86 homes for low income families. As a result, he received “Lifetime Achievement” awards from “Habitat.” He was also given the annual citizenship award from the Sandusky Register in both 2012 and 2007. He was a “Points of Light” national volunteer award winner, given by President George H.W. Bush. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Huron and a dedicated husband, father, lifelong farmer and carpenter.
Those remaining behind who will cherish his memory include his three sons and five daughters, James Hemminger of Staten Island, N.Y., Jean Frueh of Lima, Ohio, Kathleen (Thomas) Dence of Huron, Lois (Michael) Rubino of Garland, Texas, Donald (Melinda) Hemminger of Beavercreek, Ohio, Elaine (Michael) McNulty of Huron, Gary (Katherine Billingham) Hemminger of Charlotte, N.C., and Karen (Mark) Langan of Huron; 19 grandchildren, Willow (William) Obele, Jesse, Orin and Lilith Hemminger, Michael Frueh, Robert (Megan), Paul (Kristine) and Daniel Dence, Krishna and Ida Hemminger, Maureen, Patrick and Megan McNulty, Drew, Savannah, Dillon and Taylor Hemminger, and Benjamin and Joshua Langan; and seven great-grandchildren, Justin Frueh, Gretchen Obele, Eliot and Sean Hemminger, Madison and Mackenzie Dence, Lily Hemminger; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and many, many good friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of more than 61 years, Melba (Mehling) Hemminger; as well as his brother, George G. Hemminger; and his sister, Mary Beier.
Friends may call 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Prayer services will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main St., Huron. The Rev. Jeffrey McBeth will officiate. Burial will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to Firelands Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, 7602 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.