Robert G. “Bob” Oswalt

January 26, 1935 ‒ June 26, 2013

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Described as kind and compassionate, Bob Oswalt just couldn’t tell people no. Making himself available day or night, Bob found joy in offering a helping hand to family and friends, no matter the occasion.

A true hero, Bob led by example, teaching his children and grandchildren how a husband is to love and honor his wife, and how a father is to raise his children through lessons of humility and integrity.

After a lifetime of giving to others, on Wednesday morning June 26, 2013, Robert G. Oswalt, faithfully gave his physical temple to the Lord while at home, surrounded by prayer and praise from all 28 members of his immediate family.

The son of Andrew and Maudie (Lape) Oswalt, Bob was born in Butler on January 26, 1935. As a young man, Bob grew up in North Liberty, and that is where he first met Jean Reamsnider. On February 2, 1957 the two were married and shared 56 years together.

Bob worked for Ohio Brass as maintenance manager. Able to fix just about anything, Bob was an essential employee to the company. A great mechanic, many times he was called to work, after hours, because he was the only employee able to repair broken machinery. Bob retired after 44 years.

As husband and wife, Bob and Jean complemented each other and together set the example for what a successful marriage was to look like. Attentive, Bob always made sure Jeans needs were met, treating her as royalty. Even in the midst of his illness, Bob was concerned for Jean’s wellbeing.

A great father, he earned the title of hero. Described as a one of a kind dad, Bob’s giving spirit and unselfishness was shared with his children. Helping with home renovations, small projects or giving sound advice, Bob was a father who invested in the emotional wellbeing of his children.

A skilled carpenter, Bob was self taught and very precise. He learned to build houses, garages and remodeled the very house he was raised in. Confident, no task was to daunting and he always found a solution to the problem at hand.

Engaging, Bob had a way of making people feel comfortable. He was content just to be surrounded by his family. The sound of grandchildren playing together brought a smile to his face. He loved family vacations either spending a week in Tennessee or riding horses out West, Bob relished memories with family.

Bob was a member of Bunkerhill Baptist Church.

A God fearing man who loved his family, Bob is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jean Oswalt of Butler; son and daughter-in-law Jim and Vickie Oswalt of Hope Mills North Carolina, daughters and sons-in-law Debra and Jeff Turner of Bellville, Cathy and Jeff Burton of Butler, grandchildren Nate Turner, Trae Turner, Courtney and Jake Swihart, Whitney and Kelsey Smith, Eric and Michelle Oswalt, Kurt and Angie Oswalt, Josh Eckert, Jerod and Emily Eckert, Jordan and Brittany Eckert, Jessica and Tyson Clutter; great grandchildren Paige, Shelby, Raelyn, Susannah, Turner, and Hadley; siblings Donna Arnholt, Roxanne Fowler, John Oswalt, Gene Oswalt, and Marian Eilenfeld.

Along with his parents, Bob was preceded in death by siblings Joyce Phillips, Bill Oswalt, and Freda Lifer.

The family will receive friends, Friday, June 28, 2013 from 4-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Saturday at 11 am. Brother Fred Reamsnider will officiate. Burial will follow in North Liberty Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Southern Care Hospice or Visiting Nurses Association of Ohio may be made through the funeral home.

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