Robert E. Staight

December 17, 1928 ‒ October 24, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Robert E. Staight, age 88, of Mansfield passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in the Arbors at Mifflin following a short illness.

He was born December 17, 1928 in Ft. Wayne, IN the son of Archie Paul and Elvah Marceille (Fashbaugh) Staight and graduated from Northside High School in 1947.  Robert worked as a salesman representing several companies in the Mansfield area including Don Barr, Inc. and Roach Reid.

On June 3, 1950 he married Sue Carol Parker with whom Robert celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Robert was a member of Lexington Church of the Cross where he was active in children’s moment.  He was very active in Mansfield Masonic Venus Lodge #152 F&AM, served as Past Master of Frank H. Marquis #690 and also a Past District Deputy of the 20th Masonic District.  He was a member of Mansfield Chapter #28 Mansfield Council #94 and Mansfield Commandery #21 Knights Templar and Mansfield Shrine Club.  Along with Sue, he was active with Ruth Chapter Eastern Star #17 also serving in several leadership roles including Past Patron, and other Masonic bodies.

Bob was passionate about flying, a pilot of his own 1946 Ercoupe, he invested much of his time and talents to his community.  He served as past president of the Mansfield Aviation Club.  He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and participated in the Young Eagles Program to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.   As a Young Eagles volunteer pilot, Bob flew 457 youth in his beloved “Tweety Bird.”   He and Sue remember fondly their 50th anniversary trip when Bob flew them to Alaska and home.

Charitable in so many ways, Bob enjoyed giving back.  He was a professional clown known in the community as “Bobby the Clown” doing shows, parties and special appearances alongside his children “Laffy LuLu” and “Daffy Dan”.    Bob served as a Boy Scout Leader, made popular for his French toast, and also enjoyed camping with his family.   He was a volunteer driver providing transportation for children and families to and from Shriners Hospitals.  Bob would also volunteer to help out wherever he was needed.

He enjoyed farming, gardening.  He will be remembered as a great entertainer, tireless volunteer and for his giving spirit.

In addition to his loving wife, Sue, Robert is survived by a daughter Kathryn Garber of Grosse Ile, MI, son Dr. Daniel Staight of Casper, WY; three grandchildren Joseph Parker (Theresa) Tobergte, Obrion Daniel Staight, Isabeau Ruth Staight; three great grandchildren Joseph Arthur, Matthew Robert and Benjamin Parker; siblings Douglas (Marie) Staight of Ft. Wayne, Marty Cade of Ft. Wayne, and Caroline (Terry) Ryman of Colorado Springs, CO,  special friend and caregiver Becky (Tony) Mangus, along with nieces, nephews and extended family.

Friends may call Monday, November 6, 2017 from 4-8 pm in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where Eastern Star services will be held at 3:45 pm and Masonic services will be at 8 pm.  A memorial service honoring the life of Robert E. Staight will be held Tuesday at 10:30 am at the funeral home.  Pastor Glenn Hamilton will officiate.  Interment will be at a later date in Eel River Cemetery, in Allen County, IN.

Memorial contributions in honor of Robert to Shriners Hospital for Children may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Dan & family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss of your Dad. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Peggy Goetz Price
    Ontario class of 1972

  • My sincere condolences. May you find much comfort I the wonderful hope of the resurrection. ( John 5:28-29 ) God always keeps His promises. (Titus 1:2)

  • Uncle Bob had a wonderful spirit and I have many wonderful memories of him including watching him transform into Bobby the Clown, driving his tractor over Danny’s tree and into the gigantic hole in the yard, going on my first airplane ride, sharing in the bounty of his garden, learning about his bees and awesome Sue Bee honey and always, always sharing in his laughter. Uncle Bob lived life Large! God Bless your family,

    Lisa & Chris Braun

  • Dan and Kathy

    So sorry to hear about your dad. He was a wonderful man. I enjoyed him so much. We went to many a wrestling matches with him and your mom. Had lots of good times. He will be remembered dearly. God bless

    Lissa fernandez

  • Mrs Sue Staight, Kathy &Danny,

    So sorry to here about your loss. So glad I got to see him in 2015 when I was home. He will be missed until we see him again.

  • Sue and family- we are sorry for your loss- praying for you- Mike and Bea Cress from Stroke Survivor’s group

  • Sue, Kathy, & Danny,

    We were sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Joe was glad that his parents could be there in town to help Bob and Sue over these last couple years. Bob gave Joe his first small plane ride. Bob even convinced Laura to overcome her fear of small planes and took her on a quick trip in Tweety Bird. (He was a persuasive salesman!) He read scripture at our wedding, helped make our reception decorations, always willing to help out where he could. Our son Daulton enjoyed visiting with Bob when we came back to Ohio during the summer. He was a toddler when Bob gave up flying, so he didn’t get to fly with him. Joe enjoyed discussing politics with Bob. We all enjoyed his wit and life stories. He will be greatly missed. He was a dedicated husband, loving father, and a wonderful friend! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • We just heard the news and are so sorry to miss calling hours, my Wife and I always enjoyed our time spent with Bob during aviation events. He was so great with all the Young Eagle children and you could always see in his face how much he got out of taking the kids on their flights. We will certainly miss him, all our best to Sue and the rest of the family.

    Was going to post some of the many photos I’ve taken of Bob doing what he loved but seems they don’t allow that here.
    Kathryn & Daniel if you care to have some digital aviation photos of him from over the years I’d be happy to forward.

    Tommy and Laurie Beech
    Lexington, OH

  • We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, He was a wonderful person and am honored to have known him. He inspired my son in aviation by taking him on his first Young Eagles flight which led to him becoming a private pilot and in turn flying kids himself at the events Bob was coordinator.
    Please let Suzie know that we are thinking of her and all of Bob’s family in this difficult time.