Robert D. “Bob” Cline Sr.

March 22, 1931 ‒ May 18, 2018

Marion, Ohio
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

  • My love and prayers for this family ..bob was a very good man, funny also always giving me a hard time…happy I got to know him and his family … King bob may you fly high I will miss u very much …xoxox Danielle (stna) care giver 2nd shift marion pointe

  • Carl, Bob and Noelle,
    Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Mom and Bob shared so many precious years together. He was truly a wonderful guy. Karen and Fred Kellogg

  • I would like to send my condolences to Mr. Bob Cline’s family and friends. I took care of him at Marion Pointe. He will be missed dearly

    Fly High Bob!!!

    Much love Mr. Cline and his Family

    Melissa Briggs (stna)
    Marion Pointe

  • I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I knew Bob many years and it was always a joy to see him. Loved bowling with him on the Southpaws bowling team, and LOVED his sense of humor, you never knew what he might say about anything, but it was always fun to be around him.

  • Bob and Noelle-
    So sorry for the loss of your Dad. It feels like we knew him after reading about his amazing life. Keeping you in our prayers during this difficult time.
    Mike and Jenn

  • Bob, So sorry to hear of your Dad passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed seeing you last month at my mom’s funeral. Glad we were able to talk for a few minutes after growing up as kids and teenagers. You Dad and Mom were always so kind and please treasure those memories. I know your Dad was in good hands with Joyce’s Angels and with Marion Pointe as were my Mom & Dad they have been a blessing to our family.

  • I am posting this for my mother. She would like to express her sympathy to Bob’s family. She went to school with Bob. She is sorry she will not be able to come to the calling hours or service but wanted you to know she is thinking of the family at this difficult time. Betty Tagg Sheets

  • So very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We’ll be thinking of you in the days ahead. Try to hold tight to your memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and remember how much you are loved. Hopefully each day ahead will bring a measure of comfort.
    Thinking of you!
    David, Brenda, Joshua , Nathaniel Lewis