Robert “Bob” Wanemacher, 89, Bourbon, passed away peacefully at 5 a.m. July 15, 2021, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Plymouth, where he had been a resident since April 23, 2021.
Bob was born as a twin son to Ralph and Bessie (Williams) Wanemacher Dec. 14, 1931, in Wauseon, Ohio. After graduating high school, Bob entered the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from October of 1951 until he was honorably discharged 8 years later. Bob and Jeanette (Mills) Wanemacher were married on Dec. 12, 1953, in Wauseon, Ohio.
The Wanemachers, along with the Lyle Gephart family, moved to Bourbon, in 1958 as a result of their work with Page & Cox Egg Company. In addition to their work with Page & Cox, the Wanemachers entered into the restaurant business. They re-named and ran the hometown café, making “Wanemacher’s Grill” their own from 1972-1975. Bob was an entrepreneur and had a vision to further expand upon his speculative passions. He later opened up a gas station, called the “Bourbon Mini Mart” in September of 1976. He ran the gas station until the day of his retirement in 1996. He also had a passion for real estate, purchasing several rental properties in the Bourbon area. He had a strong work ethic and believed deeply in the value of working hard every day, devoting a lot of his time to fixing and/or repairing various aspects of the rental properties, themselves. In his earlier days, Bob and his Westwood neighborhood friends would travel to Canada and fish for a solid week before returning home. He was a life-long member of the Bourbon American Legion Post 424, notably serving as Commander from 1964-1965, as well as a member of Post 40/8.
Bob and Peggy (Truex) Mellott were married Sept. 6, 2002, in Plymouth. Together, they enjoyed their winters at their second residence in Haines City, Fla. Bob loved his family, the Bourbon community, watching NBA basketball, ice cream, and working hard at whatever task he was handed.
Bob is survived by his wife, Peggy of Bourbon; daughters: Jaymie Westafer of Bourbon; and Jodie Elmore of Bourbon, sons: Jim (Kim) Wanemacher of Noblesville; and Jeff (Kim) Wanemacher of Bourbon; twin brother: Rollin Wanemacher of Napoleon, Ohio; sister Corinne Burkholder of Archbold, Ohio; and sisters-in-law: Jerri Gephart of Bremen; and Beverly Wanemacher of Archbold, Ohio. He is also survived by stepchildren: Steve (Lisa) Mellott of Wapakoneta, Ohio; Jeff (Renee) Mellott of Warsaw; Cindy (Paul) Paredes of Modesto, Calif.; grandchildren: Christina (Andy) Crask, Jill (Cody Hite) McKinney, Drew (Kelly) Westafer, Matt (Ashley) Wanemacher, Charlie (Ashley) Elmore, Adam (Katrina) Wanemacher, Ashlee Westafer, Bryce Wanemacher, Hannah Wanemacher, eight step-grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Bob in death are his parents, wife Jeanette, daughter Jerilyn, brothers Howard and Lowell, and sisters Fern and Marie.
A visitation service will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at The Country Church in Bourbon, with a funeral to follow at 3 p.m. Burial will take place at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made to Bourbon Volunteer Fire Department and Bourbon EMS.
In light of continued COVID concerns, wearing masks and social distancing are suggested.
Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is privileged to be entrusted with assisting the family.