Warren, Ohio- It is with gratitude for a life well lived that we announce the passing of our beloved father Robert Randall Garner to his heavenly home. He was born in Mt Clemens, Michigan to Dessa Iola Nelle and Samuel Garner on a snowy cold Valentine’s Day in 1923. He celebrated 99 of those Valentine birthdays before his passing on May 10, 2022. He grew up in Bolindale, Ohio, with siblings Elizabeth, Samuel, Warren, and Laverne. All are deceased except for Laverne, who lives in Florida. Bob graduated from Howland High school in 1941. In that same year, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp, wanting to, as he says “save the world. “
He was stationed in the South Pacific and later in Japan after the bombing of Hiroshima, to secure the island. Upon honorable discharge, he used the GI bill to become an electrician. He retired from Republic Steel Corp after 34 yrs. of service and also served as a trustee and Vice President of steel workers local union 1375 for many years.
He met the love of his life Eloise Cross whom he married Sept 10, 1953 and together they had four children, Jamie (Tom) Hillier of Bazetta, Cindy (Kevin) Granger of Clearwater, Fla, Robert ( Sue) Garner, and Connie Mills of Warren. They built their home in Cortland, and Bob enjoyed coaching little league baseball for many years, camping, traveling, and watching the Buckeyes, Browns, and Indians. Together, they spent over 25 winters at their home in Leesburg, Florida before Eloise's passing on Nov 15, 2011.
Bob moved to his Shepherd of the Valley condo in Howland in the spring of 2012 where he met many wonderful friends. He always had a smile on his face and enjoyed the socialization, and visiting the infirmed. There was never a more patriotic veteran, and he proudly displayed the American flag everyday, and was active in the VA.
Besides his sister and children, he will be missed by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Per his wishes, private services were held. Burial was beside his wife at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.
Special thanks go to Sylvia Fulweiler for her undying TLC, and Bonnie Sponseller.
Bob enjoyed a long, healthy, happy life filled with love and adventure. For this, we are grateful.
Selby TJ Fox Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
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