Robert Lee “Slatz” Slatzer

June 23, 1925 ‒ November 25, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

“For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for Thee – me.” Robert Lee “Slatz” Slatzer of Delaware, OH went to be with his Lord on Sunday evening, November 25, 2018 at Willow Brook at Delaware Run at age 93.

He was born on June 23, 1925 in Zanesville, Ohio to the late Charles and Bessie Marie (Faires) Slatzer. Graduating from the former South Zanesville High School in a class of only 24 students, Bob was the last surviving in his class of 1943. Immediately after graduating, on his 18th birthday, he left home to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy during World War II as a signalman on a minesweeper in the Aelutian Islands.

Bob retired in 1980 from General Motors after 31 years of service. During his time there, he met Martha Garner. They married, and he was loyal, devoted and traveled the world with her for 43 years until her passing in 2017. He was a member of the Hickory Hills Golf Course since 1978 and the former Glenwood Methodist Church. He also was a member of the Delaware Run’s Fabulous Five – five men who were all born in 1925 and served in the military during World War II.

Ornery, witty and always the jokester, he was also nicknamed “Trouble” by many of his beloved friends for all the stories he told.

He is survived by numerous special friends and care providers, including Joy Lackey and Charity Roush, at the Willow Brook Community and extended family, including his wife’s sister, Esther Hess and Esther’s children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart and first wife of 23 years, Eloise “Pearl” (Ranbow) Slatzer in 1972 and his sister Betty Slatzer in 1943.

A celebration of Bob’s life service will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the Summit Room at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, 100 Delaware Crossing, Delaware, OH 43015. Interment will be in Sunset Cemetery in Galloway.

Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to People In Need, P.O. Box 962, Delaware, OH 43015 or Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215 or American Lung Association, 5900 Wilcox Place, Dublin, OH 43016 or Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr., #170, Columbus, OH 43231.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware, OH is honored to serve this veteran of “The Greatest Generation”.

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  • Bob was a wonderful person. He had patience and understanding. I met Bob at Oakhurst Country Club. He always had a Smile on his face. We will miss him.

  • So sorry to hear this news. Bob and my father-in-law Oscar Ziegler worked and partied together for 50 years. They lived next door to each other in N Ft Myers for 20 years. I called Bob and Martha every month and we visited them at your lovely facility every six months, with Bob entertaining us for dinner overlooking the lake. What a great place to live the remaining years of your life! Thanks to all the great caregivers who took care of the Slatzer’s and helped Bob visit Gatlinburg! God bless you all!!
    Jeff & Sharon Oliver
    Upper Arlington

  • Uncle Bob stands tall in our family memories, as a great companion for Martha–a real joker, golfer and music lover. He and Martha often hosted us in their Ohio & Florida homes and drove us to Wilmington and Westboro to visit relatives or tread through cemeteries on genealogy trips. We’ll miss him. Thanks to Joy, her family and Willowbrook friends for their care and comfort. Esther, especially, enjoyed her weekly talks with Bob in recent years.