Robert Earl “Bob” Walters

July 08, 1920 ‒ January 12, 2018

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Robert Earl “Bob” Walters went to be with the Lord early Friday morning, January 12, 2018 at Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital with his son by his side. He was 97 years old.

He was born July 8, 1920 in Mansfield, Ohio to the late Ralph F. and Etta Irene (Reimer) Walters and attended school in Mansfield.

He was a proud WWII Army Veteran who served as a Forward Observation Radio Operator with the 440th Field Artillery in the European theatre.

At a dance hall in Mansfield, Ohio Bob saw a beautiful young lady coming down the stairs. They locked eyes and he told his buddies, “I’m going to marry that girl”…and he did! On February 13, 1942 Bob and Lorraine (Partin) were wed and spent 54 wonderful years together until she passed away in March of 1996. Now they’re together once again in heaven.

Upon returning home from the war Bob built a life for his family in Ohio. He worked at Westinghouse for 15 years before joining Mansfield Carpenter Local 735 where he worked as a Master Carpenter for 35 years until retiring. He then used his carpentry skills to build keepsakes for his family and friends that they still cherish. He loved working on cars, tractors and lawnmowers, in fact there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix!  Other hobbies of his included fishing, hunting and photography. He loved taking trips to Mohican, Hocking Hills and Arizona where he took hundreds of amazing photos. Family meant everything to him and he loved getting visitors and sharing his photos and stories with them.

Bob loved and was highly devoted to his church family. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church (formerly called Landmark Baptist). He’s a former member of People’s Baptist Church and was a founding member of Mansfield Baptist Temple. His favorite Bible verse was Psalm 51:10 and he would recite that often. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

He is survived by his son Rick (Lori) Walters of Bellville, daughter Gloria Jean “Jeanne” Walters of Apache Junction, AZ, 12 grandchildren: Teresa Powers, Kathy McCardle, Robert Walker, Lorri Homerick, Melissa Moss, Jason Walters, Mark Walters, Elizabeth Walters, Joel Mulvihill, Chance Mulvihill, Arianna Walters and Hunter Walters, 28 great grandchildren, and 25 great great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by his son Edward Walters, grandson Larry E. “Buddy” Walker Jr. and sisters Betty Fuller and June Bostick.

Bob’s family will receive friends on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service with military honors honoring Bob’s life will be held Friday, January 19, 2018 at Westside Baptist Church (3720 West 4th Street, Ontario, Ohio) at 10:00am with Pastor Joe Smith officiating. Burial will follow at the Bellville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers Bob has requested that memorial contributions be made to Worldview Ministries. Contributions may be made at the funeral home or sent directly to WorldView Ministries-7090 US Hwy 36, Avon, IN 46123Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bob’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

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  • Praying for all of the family. Knowing that Bob went from worshipping the night before to worshipping before the presence of God the next morning brings great comfort. Bob was a wonderful man and I am honored that I got to meet him. He was loved by his family and friends and will be missed.

  • Uncle Bob, you surely are a blessed man, to have lived 3 yrs shy of a century in this world…You never gave up, you did your best, Im so honored and proud you served our beloved country…Whats so amazing I got to see you just a couple years ago when we were celebrating Judy, and all I wanted to do is sit by you, you looked so cute with your WW2 cap , wearing it with pride and honor, I remember you and Auntie Ray your wife so well…I admired you,and always loved running around your home as a small child…I will nsver ever forget you, you are a man I truley admire, and now you with our family and my Mom and Dad in glory…RIP …sweet Uncle Bob, life is short, ..some days are long…but keep our eye on Jesus…until I see you again and I surely will….God Bless the entire Walters family, Ricky, Gloria Jeanne, and all your blessed desendents..God Blsss and sleep in Jesus arms….I love you Uncle Bob…your niece, Joyce.❤

  • Although I didn’t know Mr. Walters, I know several family members, and want to send you my love and sympathy. Gloria, my friend, I pray for your comfort and wish we could visit before you go home. Your father sounds like a wonderful person.

  • Gloria and all your family you have my deepest sympathy. I was blessed to know your Dad Gloria. What a fine man. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jeanne and Rick

    They are no words to ease your pain, but my thoughts and prayers are with you today
    And May God comfort you!
    Rosie Hoffman Craven

  • Dear Walters Family,

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to your family. After watching the video of Robert singing praises to the Lord, I will never think about the song “How Great Thou Art” the same. What a wonderful testimony he left. May his legacy touch the hearts of millions!

    In Christian Love,
    Mrs. Stephanie Hunley