Robert E. Staight
December 17, 1928 ‒ October 24, 2017
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.
Online condolences to the Staight family may be made by visiting:www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.
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