Robert M. ‘Bob’ Bernthal, 82, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014, at Mason Healthcare and Rehab in Warsaw, Ind.
Bob was born on Dec. 9, 1931, in Stuttgart, Ariz., to Reverend Herbert T. and Lorena Bernthal. He was the youngest of four children. He grew up and attended St. John’s Lutheran School in Stuttgart, where he graduated from high school. He served in the Air Force at Camp Kilmer, N.J. for 2 years.
He lived in Oregon, California, Arkansas, Washington, Arizona and Indiana. His quick wit and contagious smile brightened anyone’s day. He had many friends both in and out of the workplace. Some of his most memorable jobs were Aero jet, Magnuson Engineers, Me-n-Ed’s Pizza and at the University of Santa Clara as the Materials Control Manager in California. His Lutheran faith carried him throughout his life and he loved being a part of the Lutheran Church and choir. He had a passion for photography and an extensive love of the outdoors –often going on weekend trips and road trip adventures throughout the United States. He loved being with his daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his greatest love of 25 years, his wife JoAnn. They were inseparable and both were blessed to have each other.
He is survived by his daughter: Marci Bernthal Perry; stepdaughters: Maureen Walker; Dawn (Shannon) Crites; grandchildren: Travis Robert Cardoza; Joshua and Lacey Roy: Malyssa McNeel; Shayleen Crites; great-grandchildren: Ali and Aiden Roy; his brother: Herbert ‘Bud’ (Shirl) Bernthal, Jr., Arkansas; sister: Mary Lou Aston, Connecticut; many nieces and nephews; and his dearest friend: Wylie Rouse.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother; sister and brother-in-law: Dorothy ‘Dott’ and Don Benson, Arkansas; along with his wife: JoAnn Bernthal.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial bequests may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.