Robert 'Bob' Roy Emerson, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.
Similar to Henry David Thoreau, Bob appreciated, with reverence and passion, the ever-changing beauty of nature and wildlife through frequent, solitary hikes at Litzenberg Memorial Woods outside Findlay. His deep love of nature was further expressed with spartan-like RV camping adventures taken, both alone and with family, through western and eastern parts of the country. He took great pride in "all things Jeep." Bob generously supported the National Park and Recreation Association. His passion for the outdoors extended to landscaping projects and exercising his remarkable "green thumb" that, to the amazement of his children, grew boundless produce in his healthier years. They remember; especially, the cucumbers.
He was fiercely independent, hardworking and self-sufficient. Family was key to Bob. He gave tirelessly of his time, work and energy in supporting family members in varied ways, no matter distance or time involved. This extended to friends and neighbors.
In early adulthood, he volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and Trinity United Church of Christ, Tiffin, Youth Group, among other activities. He continued to be deeply spiritual throughout his life. His children and others relied on his wide-ranging expertise in all subjects of life, and will deeply miss his knowledge, keen intellect, support and faithful encouragement.
Bob was born Feb. 27, 1936, in Bloomville, and was a graduate of Bloomville High School. In his youth, he worked as a typesetter at the Bloomville Gazette. Gifted artistically and intellectually, he earned post-secondary accreditation in engineering skills and disciplines through International Correspondence Schools. He expressed his gift for design and engineering in a career that spanned 50 years, starting with National Machinery, Tiffin, and successfully ending with Unverferth Mfg. of Kalida. During this period, he spent several years as an entrepreneur in the operation of a popular chain of retail electronic stereo stores, Lafayette Radio Electronics, later named Emerson Electronics.
His inquisitive and gregarious nature lives on in his beloved children, son, Barry Jay and three daughters, Lorraine Kay (Emerson-Wilcher), Dianne Gae (Solis-Kachenmeister) and Marianne Renee Emerson; two granddaughters, Emily and Caroline; five grandsons, Jeffrey, Josh, Jed, Matthew and Eric; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tom and wife, Inez and David and wife, Moonyeen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, William Clay; his daughter, Cynthia Rae; his loving sister, Reba Emerson French; and his parents, Helen (Smith) and William M. Emerson.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville.
A Christian service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the funeral home with the Rev. Cathy Wirth of Bloomville United Church of Christ officiating. A Christian burial service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bloomville.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Litzenberg Memorial Woods of the Hancock Parks District or to The Salvation Army, Findlay Post.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lindseyoldsfh.com.