Robert L. “Bob” Michael

April 12, 1924 ‒ June 16, 2019

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Martins Ferry, Ohio

Robert L. “Bob” Michael, age 95, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Marion Manor with his loving family by his side.

On April 12, 1924, Bob was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, one of three children of the late Harold H. and Martha G. (Ware) Michael. He graduated from Linsly Military Institute, in Wheeling, West Virginia class of 1943. Immediately following, he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. He landed on Utah Beach shortly after D-Day. He served throughout England, France and Germany as an Aircraft Warning NCO in the 128th Anti- Aircraft Artillery Battalion, which was assigned to Patton’s 3rd Army and earned several medals, including four bronze campaign stars; Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe.

Upon his honorable discharge, Bob returned home to Martins Ferry, and later met a young teacher, Lois Jean Finney, who caught his eye in the local newspaper and became the love of his life. They were married in the First Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry, on July 28, 1951. They shared sixty seven wonderful years of marriage and lovingly raised two children, Tim and Marlys.

In 1963, Bob, Lois and family moved to Marion, Ohio, where he accepted a position with the State Auto Insurance Company as a claims adjustor. A man of faith, Bob was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marion, where he served as an elder, trustee, youth advisor and as the Superintendent of their Sunday School for many years. He also was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and was a former member of the Pleasant Lions Club. He was a member of Martins Ferry Masonic Lodge #486 and the Martins Ferry American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps.

Avid campers, Bob and Lois loved traveling all over the United States with their family and friends. For over 20 years, Bob and Lois were snowbirds, traveling south to Estero, Florida, for many winters.

Having a lifelong love of music, Bob especially enjoyed big band music and he still talked often about his younger days of playing the coronet. He also was a huge fan of THE Ohio State University Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds. He had six dogs in his life that he spoiled, especially his most recent canine companion, his Boston Terrier “Missy”.  Bob never met a stranger and had a fun loving, good natured way of teasing his family and friends. He brought smiles and laughter everywhere he went.

Bob was the most wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and his family will forever cherish the many memories they are blessed with.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Lois Jean Michael; two children: R. Timothy (Janet) Michael of Marion, and Marlys (Jeff) Beatty of Rock Hill, SC; eight grandchildren: Leah Michael, Robert “Bobby” Michael, Kara (Jacob) Michael-Schmitt, Ryan (Mor) Beatty, Erika (Craig) Derifield, Kara (Corey) Myers, Emily (John Sellers) Dietsch, and Kyle Dietsch; five great-grandchildren: Mason and Madeline Sellers, Liam Beatty, Carter Myers, and Jack Derifield, plus one on the way; a sister-in-law, Carol (Tom) Pulay of St. Clairsville, OH; two brothers-in-law: James Holley of Holland, MI, Richard (Carole) Finney of Harrisville, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Michael; and sister, Martha Lou Holley and an older brother George Harold who died in infancy.

His family will greet friends from 10:00 – 11:30 am on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion. Services honoring his life will follow there at 11:30 am, with Rev. Rob Howard officiating. Family and friends are welcome to remain at the church for a fellowship meal in his memory. A private interment will be held at Marion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marion Area Humane Society, 2264 Richland Rd, Marion, OH 43302, the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, OH 43302, Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the caring staff at Marion Manor, Joyce’s Angels, and Kindred Hospice for their tender care of Bob.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Bob’s family and your condolences may be shared with them via

  • Marlys, Jeff, Erika & Ryan; I’m so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. Hold your memories tight and his legacy will live on forever. Thinking about you all!

  • Tim & Family, The few times I met your patents it was easy to recognize sweet, carting friendly folks who love life & life loved people! I remember many conversations with Janet at school about your awesome parents! I’m certain that his passing will leave a huge empty spot in your life, yet fill a glorious place in heaven’s choir! Hold to the beautiful memories and trust that someday you will meet again! 🙏 .
    Jeanie Park

  • So very sorry for your loss! Heaven gained a special Angel leaving beautiful memories for you all!
    God Bless all!

  • Heaven sure gained a special guy!! Bob will be missed and his ornery sense of humor. Humble to have know him..Much love to Lois and family.

  • Bob left a beautiful legacy for his family, and his children and grandchildren were fortunate to have him in their lives. We have so many fond memories of Bob (and Lois) and were privileged to call him our friend. Among our favorite memories were our numerous camping trips and the fun and laughs Bob added to each outing. In the past several years, it has been a joy to visit him and Lois on our way to OSU football games in Columbus and discuss the game strategy. “Go Bucks!” were always his parting words. Lois, Tim, Marlys and families, we send our condolences, love and hugs to all of you.
    With love, Tom and Linda

  • Tim,

    I had the privilege of meeting your father one time and immediately knew I was in the presence of a man of honor, a true hero. It is so difficult to see the Greatest Generation leave us because they have so selflessly given so much. I know you will miss him more than words can ever express but one day you’ll be reunited in Heaven. May God bless and sustain you and your family – you are in my prayers.

    Dave Myers

  • Knew Bob and Lois Jean many years ago. Sympathy to Lois Jean and family.
    Nancy Jane Thorburn Pennington, Florida

  • Lois, Tim and Marlys,
    I always looked forward to seeing Bob at First Presbyterian. He was one of the many great dads in that place – an unforgettable presence and true ‘people person.’ What a blessing to our world that he was here for so many wonderful years!
    Thinking of you at this sad time.

    • Thank you very much,Stephanie. We also have fond memories of your family.I will never forget the time that I washed a white choir robe and mistakenly a red sock was still in the washer. Thank goodness for bleach.Tim and Marlys really enjoyed being in your mother ‘s choir.

  • Louis-jean,

    Marlene and I extend our sympathy to you and the family having just learned a Bob’s passing. I hold many personal fond memories of the both of you two back in the mid 1950s when you were the youth directors at our First Presbyterian Church in Martins Ferry. Also, I was in your first year of 5th grade teaching at Elm School when you were known as Miss Finney. In 1950 we used to sneak the name Bob and Lois on to the Blackboard when you stepped out, knowing that he was your boyfriend at the time.

    The two of you had a wonderful life together and I know you hold many many wonderful memories of your blessed life together.