Robert Eugene Baumlein, 73, went home to be with his Lord at 9:11 p.m. May 2, 2013, at Bridge Hospice Care Center after battling cryptococcal meningitis for four weeks.
He was born Sept. 16, 1939, in Findlay to Charles and Ethel Baumlein. On May 14, 1960, he married the former Darlene Latta from McComb, and she survives. They were soon to celebrate 53 years of marriage.
He is also loved and survived by two daughters, Anne (David) Cole, of Findlay, and Linette (Dan) Kemner, of Pemberville; a son, Alan (Tina) Baumlein, of Mason; six of his greatest joys are his surviving grandchildren, McKenna Cole, of Findlay, Clayton, Lane and Madeline Kemner, all of Pemberville, and Nikolaus and Rebekah Baumlein, both of Mason; also surviving Robert are his “adopted daughter,” Devra Hall, of Toledo; and two sisters, Bernadine Miller and Pauline Smith, both of Findlay.
He is preceded in death by four brothers, Warren, Richard, Alfred and John; and a sister, Marquerite Rarey.
Robert was a member of Stonebridge Church of God, Findlay. He loved his Lord and lived his faith every day. He was a 1957 graduate of Findlay High School and worked at Collingwood Motors, Findlay, after high school. In 1962 he started working for Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. and was eventually the plant manager. “The Pepsi Man” retired after 43 years of dedicated service.
Robert was an avid golfer prior to and after retirement. He also enjoyed visiting rest homes and hospitals, hoping to bring a ray of sunshine to someone. At one time he was a hospice volunteer.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Stonebridge Church of God, where visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Presiding will be Pastor Howard Mayne, formerly of McComb United Methodist Church, and Pastor Alan Baumlein.
Memorials in Robert’s name can be made to the Bridge Hospice Care Center, 1900 S. Main St., Findlay, OH 45840; or Cancer Patient Services, 1800 N. Blanchard St., Findlay, OH 45840.
Online condolences may be made via coldrencrates.com.