Rev. Robert Freeman Haskins, Jr.

March 27, 1932 ‒ October 05, 2016

Mount Gilead

MT. GILEAD: Rev. Robert Freeman Haskins, Jr., 84, of Candlewood Lake, Mt. Gilead, passed away peacefully at home, Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

The son of Robert and Hazel (Carter) Haskins, Sr., Robert was born March 27, 1932 in Akron, and graduated from Freemont Ross High School.  In 1954 he graduated from Otterbein College earning bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, English, Sociology, with a minor in Speech and Drama.  He later attended Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Illinois where he earned his master’s degree in Theology.

Bob was a pastor and shepherd in the United Church of Christ.  Beginning in 1954 he served five congregations, served on the Board for Homeland Ministries, and owned a consulting business-Creative Capitol Campaigns.  Bob was also influential in the United Church of Christ, North West Ohio Conference Small Church Cluster Project.

He had an appreciation for Jazz music.  Blessed with a giving heart he enjoyed caring for others.  Bob loved to cook and often tried new dishes, especially recipes from Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook.  His sermons were often laced with humor which complimented his ornery nature.  Bob was co-founder of Mount Wawasee Ski Area, Indiana’s first ski resort established in 1969.

He is survived by children Robyne Lutz of Arlington, Texas, Robert Freeman Haskins, III and his wife Cindy, of Morganton, North Carolina, son Kevin Koogle and his wife Lucy, of Kent; grandchildren Nikki Kirkpatrick, Courtney Barry, Cuyler Haskins, Darren, Sam, and Carrie Koogle; great grandchildren Alison and Dylan Kirkpatrick and Damien and Destiny Koogle.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Carol (Wallace, Koogle) Haskins, daughter Kimberly Koogle; brother Eric Lynn Haskins, and siblings who passed away as children-John and Rebecca Haskins.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 11 am at St. John’s Baseline Church, 5721 County Road 58, Bloomville, Ohio 44818.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Baseline and College Hill U.C.C. Churchs.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to assist the Haskins family with cremation services and online condolences to the family may be made by

  • I have tears in my eyes. Bob was not only a colleague he was a mentor. When ever we were together (which was not frequent enough these past 4 years), I was always blest by his spirit, his wisdom, his insight and joy for life. I served with Bob on Church & Ministry, and he had a gift of being able to read people in a way that that none of us ever achieved. I am a better minister for having known him.
    I give thanks that death does not have the final say, and I give thanks that Bob will continue to guide me in my ministry for years to come.
    Bob asked me to preach for his installation service at Baseline and College Hill. It was an honor and a whole lot of fun!
    I hope that my schedule allows me to be present for his celebration at St. John’s Baseline.

    Rev. Sam Buehrer

  • I was sorry to learn of Bob’s death. He was a special person and very generous. While I was the Annuitant Visitor for the UCC Pension Boards, he hosted two gatherings for area retired ministers and spouses, provided the food and took us for a ride on the pontoon boat. We will always have special memories of those and other shared experiences.

  • I don’t know why at 3:45am on Monday October 10 that I would check this obituary page. I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I’ve never met a kinder man. I live at Candlewood Lake, but also cut his hair. He will be missed by all who knew him. Bless you all.