Robert A. Yano, Sr.

October 20, 1947 ‒ September 17, 2018

Westerville, Ohio

Robert (Bob) A. Yano, Sr. 70, of Westerville, passed away suddenly on Monday, September, 17, 2018 at St. Ann’s Hospital, Westerville with his loving family at his side.

Bob was born on October 20, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Albert and Kathleen (Hagel) Yano.  Bob grew up in Parma, OH and then went on to graduate from The Ohio State University, where he received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering.  While at OSU, he met the love of his life, Janette Humbert, and they later married on July 10, 1971. Bob obtained his Professional Engineer’s license in several states and had a varied career taking he and Janette several times out to California. Bob was very proud of the work he did on turbo charged engines for high flying unmanned vehicles.  Later in his career, Bob became interested in forensic engineering, founding Leading Technologies, LLC which provides forensic expert witnesses for litigation.

Spending time with his family was most important to Bob.  He loved his whole family but especially his grandchildren, helping them whenever and or wherever he was needed.  Bob especially loved traveling with his wife Janette. He loved the outdoors, fishing, boating, skiing and spending time at The Cabin in Canada.  He was also an author of the book, “My Children, My Truth.” He owned and enjoyed driving his classic cars, loved staying fit, and playing tennis with Janette several times a week.  Scuba diving was added to the list of hobbies from Bob and Janette’s beach days in California. Bob enjoyed spending time on his boat with the family at Alum Creek and Rock Lake in Canada.  He always cheered for the OSU Buckeyes, Indians and Browns. One of his favorite things was eating vanilla ice cream with the grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, Janette Yano, of 47 years; sons, Chad Yano, Scott Yano and Bob Yano, Jr.; daughters-in-law, Annie Yano, Christy Yano and Jody Yano; grandchildren, Lilly Yano, Eli Yano, Maston Yano, Madilynn Yano, Kaela Yano, Khail Yano, Kadin Yano and Kaci Yano; brothers, Jim (Mary Ann) Yano, Albert (Annette) Yano, Thom (Bonnie) Yano and Mike (Pat) Yano; sister, Kathy Lapso (Dale); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life to be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home 637 North SR 61, Sunbury, OH  43074, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Family and friends gathering at the Yano Barn, 5496 N. State Rte. 61, Sunbury,OH 43074, following the Celebration of Life.

Memorial contributions may be given to: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, OH 43205.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury is honored to be serving Bob’s family.

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  • Dear Janette and family,
    We were so very sorry to hear about Bob. We always enjoyed the times our families were able to be together for special occasions! Cherish your memories and hold them tight! Love, Scott and Kelly Sprouse

  • I was so sorry to hear of the unexpected loss of your dad, Bob. Looks as though he was a pretty awesome guy. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Take care.

  • Bob,
    We are all thinking of you and your family here at BCS3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Upon reading the story of your father, I was left feeling that I missed out on meeting an amazing person! May your happy memories help you heal in such a difficult time.

  • Jeanette and family,

    So sad to hear about Bob but filled with wonderful memories of his kindness and generosity and his help in raising Luke. Pancakes at the Yano’s with barn ball kept the boys busy and taught them a lesson in being a great father. I will always remember Bob Yano for keeping a Christmas tree up longer than anyone else. Merry Christmas Bob .

  • Janette and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Bob. He was such fun to be around and had a beautiful energy. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love you all!!!

  • Scott & loved ones,
    Our most sincere condolences in the unexpected loss of your beloved father. May all the beautiful memories you have had with your dad, thru the years, ease this very sad and difficult times. May he rests in peace.
    Ed ( Clarita ) Eichenlaub

  • We at Williams & Beck, Inc., are saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. We have had a long history of working with Bob and several of our engineers have provided expert engineering services through Leading Technologies. We always enjoyed working with Bob and wish to send our condolences to his family. Sincerely, Mike Williams.

  • Saddened by Bob’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are of and for Bob’s soul and for God’s mercy and comfort all Bobs loved ones. Rest in peace Bob.

  • Dear Janette and family,
    We were so saddened to hear about Bob’s passing. We hope the memories of all the good times sustain you. You and your whole family have our deepest sympathies.
    Sue Kido & Brad Bush