Robert J. Pilsner

August 25, 1936 ‒ July 24, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Robert J. Pilsner, 82, of Delaware, passed away july 24, 2019 with his family and close friend by his side.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Monday, July 29, 2019 in the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive,( formerly 1510 West William Street),  Delaware, with military rites conducted at 7:00 p.m .  A funeral mass celebrating Robert’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 East William Street, Delaware, with the Rev. Sylvester Onyeachonam, officiating.

Bob was born August 25, 1936 in Marshfield, WI , son of the late Francis and Elizabeth  Pilsner.  He was the youngest of 6 boys raised on a dairy farm where he learned the value of hard work.  He was a 1955 graduate from Columbus Catholic High School, Marshfield, WI  where he played football and was homecoming king.  He went on to win the Golden Gloves State Championship for Wisconsin as a boxer.  He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he spent 4 years as an aviation electrician.  After leaving the Marine Corps, he started working for the McCrory Corporation as a manager trainee.  He quickly worked his way up to district manager where he worked for 26 years.  On May 7, 1966 he married Mary Jane Case in Beloit, WI.  In 1973, they welcomed a son, Kevin into the world.  In 1987, he moved his family to Delaware where he opened Pilsner’s 5 and Dime located downtown.  He enjoyed his work and didn’t retire until the age of 70.  After retirement, one of his greatest  joys was seeing friends from the community and reminiscing about his store.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends at Bun’s Restaurant.  He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Amvets.  He was an active member of the community and belonged to St. Mary Catholic Church.  Bob enjoyed sports and was the “biggest fan” for several sports played at Ohio Wesleyan and Delaware Hayes.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Mary Pilsner; son, Kevin (Sarah) Pilsner of Delaware; his brother, Victor Pilsner of Iowa;  nieces, nephews and other relatives.  In addition to his parents that have preceded him in death were his 4 brothers, Gary, Ed, Arnold and Art Pilsner.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, Delaware is honored to be serving Robert Pilsner’s family.

Memorial contributions may be given to (P.I.N.Delaware), People In Need, 138 Johnson Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015. (

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  • Mary, Kevin and Sarah, I am so very sorry for Bob’s Passing. My heart, thoughts and prayer’s are with you. I wish I could be there for you during this time. Just know, I am with you in heart, thinking of you. Love You All, Deb!

  • Our family loved Bob. He was an old friend of my Dad’s and has been there for us since my Dad’s passing. We will miss Bob and his stories. We always looked forward to his visits. Our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Darlene Johnson and family

  • To Bob’s Family ~ So Sorry for your loss. He was always a generous soul and so helpful back when I helped with Secret Santa at Smith Elementary. I loved roaming the aisle’s at Pilsner’s and running into Bob or Mary at the store ~ fond memories! He will be missed in the community ~ DeeDee & George Warden

  • I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great influence to me and I often think of the things he said and the ways he would do something. He was like family so I have lots of memories and stories about him. I miss seeing you all at the store and will always think of you and I will think of him going on his next hunting trip.

    Carol Ford

  • So sorry to hear of Uncle Bobby’s passing. I was just talking to my dad about how everyone was doing a few weeks ago. Thinking of you all during this time. I am sure he is having a field day up there with Gary, Ed, Arnold and my grandpa Art. Many good memories of them together when he came to visit including uncle Victor. Now he can go fishing and hunting all the time.

  • No one could smile from the heart like Bob. I will cherish all that he shared with me, and try to share – spreading smiles around me as I go. But right now, I’m crying.

  • Mary and Kevin,
    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Thank you Kevin for calling my mom and letting her know. We appreciate you remembering the old Wausau neighbors during this time. Always have fond memories of the parents playing cards both in Wausau and Ohio when we would come and visit after you moved. We had a lot of family fun together growing up. Sorry I could not be there. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • I remember the good times we all had on the farm, the family gatherings, I couldn’t wait to see my GodParents pull into the driveway to visit us. Everytime when 4th of July will come around, could not wait to see your family. I also remembered the family gatherings at Grandma and Grandpa’s farm when we all spent family time together, have a large meal, then take family pictures at the end before everyone went home. Those memories will always live on in my thoughts and will never go away.

    I was Saddend by the loss my Godfather and you will never be forgotten for you are also a part of my life. I sure wish we can relive those days but the only way is to relive them in our memories. You are a wonderful Godfather and I enjoyed everymoment I had with you when you had visited me. There will always be a special place in my thoughts and in my heart that will be open for you anytime.

    My condolence to my GodMother Mary, Godbrother Kevin, and Sarah in this time of sorrow. I love everyone and always my door is open to you.

  • Mary and Kevin, I am so sorry to hear about Bob. I wish I would of known about him passing, I would have come to the service. He was such a great guy. He would come get potatoes from me at the farmers market and we would talk about his next hunting trip. He will be sadly missed.