Robert L. “Bob” Jarvis

February 05, 1922 ‒ May 14, 2017

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: On February 5, 1922 Robert L. “Bob” Jarvis entered this world on Honeycreek Road in Ashland County.  Ninety Five years later and six miles away he went to his heavenly home while a resident at Colonial Manor Health Care Center in Loudonville.  Though he did not travel far in life in a physical sense, his life’s journey was filled with many adventures, times of joy, fun and yes some challenges.

Bob was the son of Harold W. Jarvis and Florence Mae (Simms) Jarvis. One of five siblings, Bob is survived by brothers, Merle (Eloise) Jarvis of Butler, Walter Jarvis of Waco Texas and James Jarvis (deceased) of Ashland and sister Norma Lindeman of Kissimmee, Florida.

Bob was married to the late Helen Marie Dobberstein for 49 years.  They were lifelong residents of Butler.

An avid mushroom hunter, Bob also enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting, cooking, and gardening.  He was a master gardener.  Many friends enjoyed his generous gifts of fruits and vegetables from his garden.  His home grown sweet corn was legendary.  Bob had a giving spirit and a sensitivity to those less fortunate.

Bob was a self made man as he operated two companies, The Ohio Hardwood Broker Service and Jarvis Excavating.  Many lakes, farm ponds, and creeks in central Ohio were either built or dredged by Bob and his co-workers.  His love for the outdoors was great.  He retired at the age of eighty from Gross Lumber in Applecreek where he was a timber buyer.  A wonderful provider Bob made sure that his boys had the latest go-carts, mini bikes, motorcycles, and snow mobiles.  If it moved fast, made noise and could be used to terrorize the neighborhood, he made sure that his kids had it.

Bob always said that he loved politics.  A lifelong Democrat, he was a fundraiser and supporter of many local candidates.  He once hosted a “steak fry” to help elect John Glenn to the U.S. Senate.  He was a sixty-seven year member of Masonic Lodge 376 in Bellville.

Bob is survived by daughters Sue (Don) Bowman of Ashland and Cheryl Jarvis of Butler; sons Bill Jarvis of Ashland, Dan Jarvis of Austin, Texas, and Jim Jarvis of Butler, and daughter Mary Jane deceased; eight grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

A graveside service will take place Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm in Owl Creek Cemetery near Ankenytown, Ohio.  A luncheon will be served at 2:30 pm immediately following the service at the Butler-Clear Fork Adult Center, 20 West Henry Street, Butler.  The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jarvis family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Colonial Manor for their kindness and care.

Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the Ohio Masonic Home, 2655 West National Road, Springfield, Ohio 45504.

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  • Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He always had a way of making you smile with one of his tall tales and mushroom exploits.
    May great memories live on in your hearts as time helps heal the pain you now feel.
    The Dall family.

  • Cheryl, We are sorry for your loss. It’s never easy no matter the age. Your Dad was so much fun with his quips and teasing.
    Did he ever meet a stranger? We will pray for you to be comforted by remembering great times and great stories .

  • Our condolences to all of Bob’s children. Especially to Cheryl as “sitter” for Mark and Mike.
    Dan in our Sunday School Class. We remember and think of you all fondly.
    As a ministry of Three Crosses we made Communion available for Bob to receive for
    over five years. He mentioned his wife, Helen and children regularly especially in
    earlier years. He was proud and cared much for his family.
    He and Clyde would talk about being “ditch diggers”!
    Bob received Communion the Wed before he passed. He was ready to be with
    the Lord.

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