Robert (Bob) Curtis passed on from the mortal realm on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He is survived by his five children, 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He will be rejoining his wife, Rose (Schoenberger) Curtis, who passed in 2008 after 61 years of marriage.
Bob was born in Columbus, Ohio, on October 9, 1928 to Freddy and Nellie (Richards) Curtis. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, Maggie, Sis, Martha Ruth, Harrison, Bill and Tom.
There were many things that Bob loved, but none more than his beloved Rosie. As teenagers and high school sweethearts they decided to skip school to elope to Kentucky, where parental consent of the marriage wasn’t required at the time, and were inseparable from then on. They eventually moved to Perrysburg to raise their growing family, where Bob enjoyed a long successful career in the insurance business. In their later years they took great pleasure in traveling the world together and he fondly recollected their trips to France, Spain and Nova Scotia even in his final days, as all his other memories began to fade.
He was a man that was many things, often a mischief maker and ornery one minute and incredibly compassionate and caring the next. Throughout his life he always took interest in people in his community with less and tried to give a helping hand. He loved to make his grandchildren smile, especially if it meant telling an off color story or joke against the wishes of his wife. He enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians and Ohio State football, even though he thought he was a better play caller than every coach that came after Woody Hayes. Bob was a man of the woods, spending decades exploring the forests of the Upper Peninsula and Ontario teaching anyone lucky enough to join him how to catch fish and start a fire. But most of all, he was a man that loved his wife with an ineffable level of devotion.
The family would like to thank Gloria, who was a most faithful caregiver in the final months and days, and everyone at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, who showed great grace and compassion in this difficult time. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a future to be determined date.