Robert D. “Bob” Rhodeback

October 30, 1957 ‒ July 09, 2017

Galena, Ohio

Robert D. “Bob” Rhodeback, age 59, of Center Village died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Kobacker House.

Bob was a lifelong resident of the Galena area and a 1977 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

Bob married his soulmate Julie, on July 4, 1991.

His talent as a musician extended beyond that of his guitar playing.  He also played drums and piano.

Bob was a very skilled craftsman and could fix nearly anything, usually turning an object into something more beautiful than it was intended to be.  He’d also restore boats and campers and resell them to folks in the area.

Much of Bob’s time spent was outdoors.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapping.  He also had a green thumb that he earned from time spent with his parents.

In addition to his wife Julie, he will be missed by his siblings, Marge Lewis of Cape Coral, Florida, Dr. Charles (Carol) Ross of Pataskala, Dianna (Robert) Jaynes of Westerville, and Marcelia (Mark) Pheister of Pataskala; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on the family on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 5-8 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Funeral services will be held there on Thursday at 10:30 AM with Pastor Bud Leskovac officiating.  Burial will follow at Galena Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kobacker House at .

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Robert’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at

  • Marci and family. I would like to say I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

  • I knew Bob since he was 16. He and Julie met in my home. He was as dear and loyal friend as anyone could wish for. His passing will leave a hole in my life.
    However, I will take comfort that his purpose in this life is over, and the pain he was suffering is gone.
    It is for us remaining to remember him, and all of the good things he did for folks, his humor, his passion, and his love.
    Gruff, but kind, Strong but tender, he leaves a world that will miss him.
    Peace be unto you, Bob. May the rest of us find some of that, too.

  • I knew Bobby in the early 70’stages when Doc and I rented his parents house on Harlem Rd. I always remember him smiling. Love and light.

  • Julie ,
    Sorry to hear of Bobbys’ passing. Prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

  • Bobby is one of my many cousins. I’ve known him from the time I was little, but I really “got to know him” as an adult. My husband and I moved just two miles down the road on Center Village. To say we would never have made it “out in the country” without Bobby, along with Aunt Betty and Uncle Mel -is an understatement. Bobby has at turns broken into my house (not sure how many times we locked ourselves out but it was a few), fixed our car, listened to us whine about not being able to figure out what to do with something mechanical, gave us advise on what to do to fix something mechanical-most likely to get rid of us, lol. Helped us with our kids (his mom watched both of my babies at one time or another so he put up with them by default), and basically became a beloved member of my inner circle of family. I always knew he “was just up the road”. He and Julie were the ones we waved to going to and from town on an almost daily basis. He was never a talker, but you knew he cared. He took the word family seriously. I felt safer knowing he was close. When we moved I had no idea it would be the last time we saw him. I am so saddened by his passing. My world will be a little darker without him in it. I’ll miss you cousin. Be at peace.

  • My prayers for the family. Bob will be missed as a long time Harlem/Center Village resident and neighbor. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

  • Marci and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Will be praying for you. God bless. Kevin
    Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psa 31:24

  • Marcelia, Julie and Family. We are so sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you peace and comfort. May you also find solace that Bobby is now at rest with no more pain or suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dearest Julie, Marcelia and family,
    How said to hear that Bobby passed away! He was always such a gentle and kind soul – it was wonderful to call him family and one of my many cousins. Bobby was such a good person and dutiful son; and did so much to help Uncle Melvin when he was so very ill – we will never forget that.

    My brothers, sisters and I will be sending a memorial gift for Bobby to the Kobacher House. I hope that they were a help to Bobby and you during such a difficult time.

    Take care of yourselves.

    Love and miss you all,
    Crystal (Wurm) Davis Connie Wurm & Family, Mark Wurm & Family, Jill (Wurm) Weatherall & Family and James Neil & Family.

  • Dear Family: I grew up with Bobby in CenterVillage and we attended Harlem grade school from 1st grade..Bobby and I had camp outs and stayed “over” at each others houses. We road our Bikes all over Harlem Township. He and I were Quiet Kids which is why we got a long so well…My deepest Sympathy’s to you all. God Bless.
    Robb Garrabrant (from Center.We lived in the Green house next to the Hill Family)

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers going out for Julie and her family that they find peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

    Love, Cathy

  • Julie and Marcelia, I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful person Bob was. My brothers Don Byron and Wendell and me were so proud to call him cousin. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do. Love! Wanda