Robert “Bob” Winters
November 22, 1938 ‒ January 03, 2017
A circle of strength and love,
founded on faith….
joined by Love….
kept by God…
God first, Family second, Love big, Work hard and Live simply was the way Bob lived and died. Surrounded by his loving children Robert B. Winters peacefully entered the gates of Heaven on January 3, 2017.
Some of our favorite memories are the times we spent together with our Dad sharing his love for family. Many weekends you could find Dad with his family at Attica Raceway or Eldora Speedway as he was passionate about dirt track racing. In his younger days, Dad loved to dance with mom and they could do a pretty mean two step. One of our most treasured times were our weekly mooch meals with Dad. During this time, he filled us with his knowledge, wisdom and of course his laughter and his flair for throwing down an inappropriate word or two. Memories that will last a life time.
Our Dad loved to work with his hands and we could say that he worked until his hands bled, he sacrificed unselfishly just to keep us fed. Bob lived a simple life but what he taught us was that family is the greatest gift.
He took that love for working with his hands and turned it in to a profession. He spent most of his life in the printing industry working at Herald Printing, Marcus Printing, Fisher Printing and then retiring from Sun Printing. For over 20 years he worked side by side with his sons, creating life long memories that will always be cherished.
Bob’s legacy that he leaves to us began on November 22, 1938 in Marion, Ohio when he was born to Garland and Mildred Winters. At the age of 21, Bob met and fell in love with his first and only love, Sue Ann Winters. They were married on August 6, 1960 and celebrated 49 years of marriage. They taught us, their family, just what true love was and it was an honor to be able to share their journey.
Bob would share with all that would listen, that one of his greatest accomplishments was raising Godly children. Proverbs 22:6 says that we should start our children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. His children include, Steven, Vivian, Michael, Patti and Connie Winters, Trisha and Shawn McCathran. Bob quickly became known as Pa to his grandchildren who adored him! His grandchildren include, Tiffany Sanders, Christopher Winters and Alexis Snay, Megan and Ryan Hosler, Emily and Skip Hursh, Cora and Danny Spayde, Stephanie and Bryan Breinich, Sophie and Alexis Winters, and Alexis and Jaxon Westwood. In addition, Pa has twelve great grandchildren and his brother and sisters-in-law; Bill and Doris Winters, Pat Winters, Richard and Jane Neidemier, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob believed that family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what. Dad’s extended family includes Kelly McCathran, Tom and Janice Morrison, Pat Myers and the many care givers at Kingston of Ashland and his favorite nurse, Cindy.
We, his family, know that Bob is in Heaven with the Lord as he accepted Christ as his Savior as a young boy. His chains are gone and he has been set free! He is now with his family and friends that went before him, which include his wife Sue Ann, son Douglas and parents, Garland and Mildred Winters, mother-in-law Orletta Kaple, brothers Raymond and David Winters, a grandchild, great nephew and friends Al and Mary Lou Conaway.
If you knew Bob, then you quickly learned of his love for animals. He leaves behind his three cats, Abby, Blizzard and Middie. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the Richland County Humane Society or Hospice of North Central Ohio, and may be made through the funeral home.
Friends may call Friday, January 6, 2017 from 4-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A Celebration of his life will take place on Saturday January 7, 2017 at 12pm at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1360 Smith Road, Ashland, Ohio 44805. Pastor Karen Liddy will officiate.
Our Dad could be found many Saturday afternoons cheering or yelling at his Ohio State Buckeyes. In honor of this we are asking that you wear scarlet and grey to his calling hours.
Online condolences to the Winters family may be expressed online by visting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.