Robert L. “Bob” Crill

December 17, 1938 ‒ May 22, 2017

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Robert L. “Bob” Crill, 78, of Butler passed away at home, Monday May 22, 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer.

The son of Robert N. and Helen (Thatcher) Crill, Bob was born December 17, 1938 in Cleveland.  Raised in Brinkhaven, Ohio Bob has always loved the outdoors.  He attended Butler High School and joined the Marine Corps in 1957.  He was honorably discharged in 1960.

Bob worked for Columbia Gas as a transmission mechanic.  He retired in 1996 after working 36 years.

He has always loved motorcycles and in his younger years raced on local short tracks in Greenwich, Mansfield and other tracks across Ohio.

For decades Bob’s family and friends enjoyed vacationing at the family cabin in Pennsylvania.  He loved the quiet, stillness of the woods, as well as the freedom to explore new territory with his family.

Bob had a soft spot for animals both domestic and wild. It wouldn’t be unusual for Bob to bring home a raccoon, squirrel, or even baby skunks!  Bob was always seen with his two German Shepherds-Rene and Princess. Walking along his side or riding in his truck, they were always together.

Bob enjoyed golfing and for many years played in a league at Pleasant Hill Golf Course.  He was a member of the Bellville Masonic Lodge #376.

Bob always worked at being physically fit and enjoyed watching local sporting events in the Clear Fork Valley.  He supported his children, grandchildren, and coached many other kids in little league baseball.  Bob loved his years of retirement.  He was a kind, caring man with a contagious smile who never knew a stranger.  If anyone ever asked for a favor of Bob, he always said yes and was more than willing to offer a helping hand.

Bob is survived by his children Dave & Lori Crill of Ocala, Florida, Annette Jones of Ontario, Doug Crill of Butler and Kim & Jim Jackson of Bellville; grandchildren Meghan & Josh Mader of Ocala, Florida, USMC Cpl Josh Crill of Ocala, Florida, Lana Jones and her husband Chuck Polette of Chicago, IL, Skyler and Casey Jones of Ontario, Camryn Crill of Butler, Savanah and Jay Jackson of Bellville; brother Joe & Susan Crill of Bellville and sister Carolyn & Tom Ellis of Bellville;  nieces, nephews, and extended family; special friend Shirley Parker of Lexington and close friend George Smith of Mansfield.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his lifelong friend Gary Hall.

The family will receive friends Friday, May 26, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where Masonic services will be held at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home, conducted by Pastor Ken Kinley.  Military honors performed by the American Legion Post #535 will follow on the funeral home grounds.

Contributions in his memory to Ohio Health Hospice or to Pilot Dogs Inc. (Guide dogs for the blind) may be made at the funeral home.

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  • To all the Crill family and extended family. Condolences to all of you in the loss of Bob. He was so courageous in his battle with cancer. So sad that another one of Butler’s friendly faces is gone. May God’s Peace be with you all. Love, thoughts and prayers.
    Don and Sue Thomas

  • My deepest sympathy to all the Crill family. To his special children Doug Dave,Kim,and Annette. You had a good Dad and you took special care of him. To his grandkids,sister,brother, and special friend Shirley. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

  • Deepest condolences to the family of Bob Crill.
    It was a great privilege to get to know him in the last few years. We will have great memories of him to hold on to and cherish.

  • Such a sweet and kind man, he will be missed. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss. He was a very nice guy! My uncle Gary Halls best friend. I like to think they are together again. 😃

  • I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a sweet man. Always had a smile on his face. He will be missed by all that knew him. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Annette and entire family our thoughts and prayers are with you all just went through same thing last week if you need anything please let me know Love: Gil,Tari and Sloan Bowman

  • To all the family..

    My deepest condolences to you all..he was a wonderful man..always ready with a hug and a smile!!..

    Love and prayers to you all!!

    Carrie, Corey and family

  • Sorry to hear of Bobs passing. He was a good friend and we enoyed a lot of laughs together in years past. Condolences to all the Crill families.

  • So sorry to hear that Bob passed away. Such a fun and special man who was so nice to me. My sympathy and prayers to Bob’s family and all who will miss him.

  • Condolences to the Crill family. Bob was a special friend through the years. Living in Las Vegas I don’t get home often but, when I did I always made time for a visit with Bob and his mother. We are both veterans and he is a true Patriot. He will be missed.

  • Sorry for your loss. His smile was contagious and was always ready to give a hug. He was a amazing man. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love,Tracie

  • Prayers for the Crill family in your time of loss. Bob was one of my dad’s best friends. Forever linked by the tattoos they gave each other. A good man who will be missed by many.

  • So very sorry for your loss.. Bob was one of the first friendly faces I meet when I moved to Butler in the early 2000s and thoughout the years when I ran into him around Butler that same warm smile always greeted me. He will truly be missed by many…

  • He was a great man will miss him dearly,deepest sympathy to all,i feel like i lost another dad,him and pops can be together you all
    Roy and Dawn

  • We send our condolences to the Crill family. May he now Rest In Peace. We will pray for the family. Sandy and Leonard Stiverson

  • So sorry to hear the news of Bob’s passing. He was always fun to be around. I know he will be dearly missed. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of Dave’s dad. I didn’t personally know him but if he was anything like Dave, he must have been a pretty special guy. Jim and I send our condolences to the entire Crill family….

  • Bob ,was a great man and one of my uncle Gary’s best friends . I will always remember Bob by the smile on his face to the hugs he always shared .and now he is finally resting and spending time with his friend Gary again .. My prayers are with all who knew and loved Bob . ..

  • Bob will be greatly miss around Butler. He was a great person, always had a smile and a hug.
    Dale an Lynette Horn

  • David and Lori, John and I are so sorry for the loss of David’s dad. Please know that you are both in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

    John and Karen Glendenning

  • Special prayers for the entire family. So sorry for your loss. Bob was always sch a special friend thru school and after. I was just home and went to visit him in the hospital and so thankful we had that last visit. Will be missed greatly by all.

  • So sorry to hear about Bob…He was a very kind hearted guy who always had a smile. Prayers and Positive thoughts to his Family during this difficult time..My Parents Dallas & Sue Keesee also send their deepest condolences…

  • Carolyn, Tom, and Family,

    You have our deepest sympathy upon the passing of your Brother, Bob.

  • Bob was such a wonderful man. We have so many good memories of him. He has been a part of our family for many years with Shirley Parker. It’s like we lost a family member. So loving kind and funny. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all

  • My deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to the Crill family. I will not be able to attend the services either Friday or Saturday as we will be out of town. I’ve known the family a good part of my life, and also considered Bob a kind and caring man. I will continue to lift the ones who are left behind to grieve, up in prayer, as it hard to say goodbye to those who have been a part of our lives in one way or the other.

  • Joe and Susan ( aka Mrs Crill),
    Thinking of you as always but more so today. I know this is difficult and pray for strength to get you through it all. You are Loved!
    Katie (and Jim) Allman

  • I’m going to miss Bob. We were getting know each other again. He will be missed by all that knew him. Will keep the family in my prayers.