Robert K. “Bob” Norris

September 06, 1936 ‒ July 23, 2018

Waldo, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Robert Keith “Bob” Norris, age 81, of Waldo, went to be with the Lord on Monday morning, July 23, 2018, at Brookdale of Marion following an extended illness.

On September 6, 1936, Bob was born in Fresno, Ohio, in Coshocton County, one of four children of the late Thomas Clayton and Florence Grace (Bechtol) Norris.  He was raised on the family farm in Homerville, Ohio, where he graduated from Homerville High School in the class of 1955.

During school, Bob fell for a young lady in the class below his, Mary Katheryn “Mary Kay” Hachtel, who also shared his farming roots.  Bob married his high school sweetheart on December 2, 1956.  They have been by each other’s side ever since during their sixty one years of marriage.

An ambitious young man, Bob furthered his education at Ashland University, earning his Bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1959.  After school, he quickly found he had a knack as a salesman.  In 1964, after working for a few other companies, Bob found his niche selling tractors for the J. I. Case Tractor Company.  During the early years of Bob and Mary Kay’s life together, they moved more times than they could count, until they found a home and a farm to settle down at in Waldo, Ohio, in 1979.

In addition to selling tractors for Case for 16 years, he also sold for Big Bud and John Deere Tractors. Bob also owned and operated several businesses including Norris Strawberry Farm, Bob’s Waldo Storage, RobMar mobile homes and mini storage buildings.

Very faithful, Bob was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marion, Ohio.

Large in stature and personality, Bob filled every room he ever went in with stories and laughter.  You couldn’t leave that room without Bob trying to sell you something.  He truly was a salesman at heart, and was selling to the very end.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Mary Kay Norris of Waldo; four children: William Norris of Cincinnati, Debra Logan of Delaware, Lisa (Michael) Zirger of Marion, and Jennifer (Oliver) Kiemschies of Chicago, IL; two granddaughters: Megan Zirger and Susie Kiemschies; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Gephart; and two brothers: Harold and Russell Norris.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church (address below).  Services honoring his life will also be held there on Friday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Rob Howard officiating.  Following a meal at the church, graveside services will be observed at Waldo Cemetery at 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, OH 43302, or to Heartland Hospice, 685 Delaware Ave #300, Marion, OH 43302.

Bob’s family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of the caregivers at Brookdale of Marion and Heartland Hospice for the kind, tender, and loving care they gave to him.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Bob’s family. Your favorite memories and sales stories may be shared with them via

  • Bob, you were like a bonus grandpa to me; you were like family. My husband and I will always be grateful for the life advice and for the time he worked with you. Thank you for believing in us.

    I know you will get to have a long walk and talk with our Lord, but we will miss you here in this Earthly life. God bless Mary Kay and your family.

  • Bob was my first boss (for a paying job). I started out picking strawberries and he let me work my way up from there. I remember him fondly, and my sons know many “Bob” stories that I’ve told them through the years. He was a spectacular salesman with a heart: I learned a lot from him that I use to this day. Rest in Peace, Bob.

  • Our sympathies to the Norris family. Enjoyed knowing Bob & lots of laughs ! – The Conte Family ( Remodeling people)

  • Long ago friends, Eldridge and Carolyn Haas, lived at Forest Hill Drive the last time we saw you all.. We moved to KY nearly 30 yrs. ago. Established here, now, church, friends, yes, burial grounds, too. We are both in our 80’s.
    Mary Kay, good to know you are still with the children and grands. Very very sorry Bob has now gone to Heaven, yes, he’ll greet us all someday. We, too, celebrated our 61st Wedding Anniversary, so apparently we were all more similar than we knew! Sending love and caring, and, sympathy to the LOSS to all.