Attorney Robert Edwin Mabee
November 23, 1923 ‒ September 05, 2011
MANSFIELD: Robert Edwin Mabee, lifelong Mansfield attorney, died Monday evening September 5, 2011 at Primrose Retirement Center following a long illness. He was 87.
Bob was born in Shelby, Ohio on November 23, 1923 to Vere T. and Lila (Wiley) Mabee. He was graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1941. He then enrolled in Ohio Northern University to study law. His education was interrupted in November 1942 when he enlisted in the US Navy at age 17. After three and a half years of service he returned to Ohio Northern and earned a degree in jurisprudence in November 1949.
Before he was graduated he married Charlotte (Purdy) Mabee on May 28, 1949. He subsequently served in the Navel Reserve and retired as a lieutenant senior grade. One of his most precious memories was a trip on an Honor Flight with other Ohio veterans to visit the WWII Memorial at our nation’s capital in May 2008.
Early in his law career, Bob served as Mansfield’s City Solicitor for three terms. In 1975 he was the head of the Richland County Bar Association. He practiced law in Mansfield for 53 years.
Robert strived to serve his community with good intentions and good results. In 1957 the Mansfield Junior Chamber of Commerce named him “Young Man of the Year.” In later years he belonged to the First Congregational Church where he held several leadership positions including the position of Moderator.
Bob was a member of the Westbrook Country Club, the Hermit Club, Our Club, and was a 32nd degree mason. He was also a 50-year member and past president of Mansfield Rotary Club. He was president of the local YMCA and served on the YMCA National Council. Bob also participated in the transformation of Community Chest into United Way in the early fifties and later served as its president.
Bob was one of the original trustees for the Richland Community Service Center building which houses United Way and American Red Cross among other non-profit social service agencies. In April of 2004 a plaque honoring Bob was placed in the lobby of the Center to acknowledge his 15 years as president. A fellow trustee described Bob as having, “One of the most important but least recognized, thankless jobs of any volunteer position.”
Bob closely followed sports. He enjoyed playing golf, water skiing, and fishing on Lake Erie.
A man of honor, he gave selflessly to his family, his community and his country. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years; sons and a daughter-in-law Bruce T. & Julianna Mabee of Covington, LA and Robert W. Mabee of Mansfield; his daughter and son-in-law Pamela A. & Bernard Car of Norwalk; grandchildren Benjamin Mabee, Christopher Mabee, Caitlin Mabee, Katherine Car, Carolyn Car, Brian Car and Bradley Car; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a brother Kenneth W. Mabee and a sister-in-law Doris Mabee.
The Mabee family will receive friends Friday, September 9, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. In the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home). His funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. In First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, with the Rev. David Root officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park with military honors conducted at the graveside by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert’s memory to First Congregational Church or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mabee family, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com