Robert D. “Bob” Cline Sr.
March 22, 1931 ‒ May 18, 2018
Formerly of Delaware, Ohio
We begin by remembering not just that you died but that you lived. And that your life gave us wonderful memories to treasure forever…
Robert D. “Bob” Cline Sr., age 87, of Marion, died May 18, 2018, at Marion Pointe Care Center following an extended illness. Bob died after a long, happy life filled with cherished family and friends, hard work, corny jokes and lots of bowling and golf.
On March 22, 1931, Bob was born in Delaware, Ohio, the youngest of three children of the late Orion and Edith (Claypool) Cline. He graduated from Frank B. Willis High School in the class of 1949. Shortly thereafter, Bob attended a tryout for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team where they offered him a spot on the team as a left-handed pitcher. Unfortunately, he could not afford or arrange transportation and never made it to St. Louis to follow that dream.
In 1952, Bob was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army, Airborne Division, a veteran of the Korean War. He was stationed in Sampigny, France for the majority of his service, where he worked at a chemical munition plant. When he was off duty, he worked at a local bowling alley, which sparked a passion for bowling that lasted nearly the rest of his life.
Upon his honorable discharge, Bob worked for General Motors in Detroit, Michigan, for a few years before returning to his hometown of Delaware, Ohio. Next, he worked for a contractor who helped clear all of the trees/brush for the Delaware Dam to be built. He then moved to Marion, Ohio, where he worked at the Marion Engineer Depot. Lastly, he worked for Todco Doors, building doors, and helping in their maintenance department.
To say Bob was a “sports junky” his whole life would be quite the understatement. Bob went from nearly being a professional pitcher in the major leagues, to bowling in the professional bowling association and in countless leagues in and around Marion, to playing fast pitch softball on the Todco team for years, playing pool at the Marion Senior Center, and then last but not least golfing in various Marion senior leagues. He loved watching his beloved Cleveland Indians, any PGA match on television and was a great fan of tough guy shows like Walker Texas Ranger, Gunsmoke or any John Wayne movie.
For many years, Bob attended the Mt. Vernon Avenue Church of Christ, and he was a member of the Moose Lodge 889 in Marion.
One of Bob’s favorite pastimes was going to the Shovel Lounge every morning, starting at 6:30 a.m. and often not leaving until it was near lunch time. He loved spending time with that ornery bunch of friends, who shared the best stories and jokes together for years. He also shared an extremely close friendship with his older (but according to Bob not nearly as handsome) brother, Carl. They shared many adventures together hunting, fishing, playing pool and socializing. Bob and Carl telephoned each other twice a day and shared a very special bond.
To know Bob was to love him. Everyone “adored him.” His ornery, fun loving personality, and great sense of humor made him a joy to be around. He also never met a stranger, instantly making friends everywhere he went. He was a simple man with a heart of gold.
Left to cherish his memory are his son and daughter-in-law, Robert & Noelle Cline Jr.; his brother, Carl Cline; and several nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his significant other Erma “Jane” Ratterman, two grandsons: Robert Nathaniel Thomas Cline and Carson Matthew Cline; and by his sister, Doris Williamson.
His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion. A service of celebration for Bob’s life will also be held there at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, with Jeff Bush officiating.
Come share in our treasured stories about Bob and endure a few of his ridiculous jokes. Burial with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow in Grand Prairie Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to assist other veterans in Marion by supporting Marion County Veterans Services, 220 E. Fairground St., Suite 101, Marion, OH 43302.
On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the Marion County Veterans Services office and the VA home health team, especially Melody, Dave, and Kerri, to Joyce’s Angels especially Greg, Julie, Tim, and Betty, to all of the caring staff at Heartland Hospice, and most gratefully to the wonderful staff at Marion Pointe who became Bob’s family.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Bob’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.