Robert “Bob” L. Egolf, 79, Churubusco, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at his home.
Born in Churubusco, Feb. 17, 1942, to the late Edgar and Louise (Barnhart) Egolf. He spent his formative years in Churubusco, graduating from Churubusco High School in 1960.
Bob was married to Betty Gillum in Churubusco, Aug. 11, 1961.
While in high school, Bob went to work at Shelton’s IGA. After high school he partnered with Mr. Shelton, eventually taking complete ownership in 1967. In 1982, Bob relocated the Egolf’s IGA to it’s current location.
One of Bob’s fondest childhood memories was when he joined his father and grandfather in the “Oscar turtle hunt.”
Bob was a charter member of the Jaycee, a volunteer firefighter for 18 years and served as the Smith Township Trustee for many years.
He enjoyed fishing, especially ice fishing. Bob also loved playing tennis, traveling and FireKeepers Casino.
Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Egolf; two sons, Thomas Egolf and Blain Egolf; two daughters, Emily (Daniel) Stangland and Elise (Curt) Roth; two sisters, Mary (Charles) Cummings and Norma Crabill; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with one on the way.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Egolf and a brother-in-law, Dale Crabill; his stepfather, Russell Blaugh.
The family will have a private service followed by a burial in the Riverview Cemetery, Allen County.
Memorials may be directed to the Churubusco Volunteer Fire Department or the Churubusco History Center.