Robert N. Molnar Sr.

December 19, 1939 ‒ November 25, 2014

Delaware, Ohio

Robert N. Molnar, Sr. passed away at his home in Delaware on November 25, 2014 surrounded by his family and friends. He was born on December 19, 1939 in Carrolltown, PA, the son of the late Nicholas and Elizabeth Molnar.

Bob was born in the midst of the Great Depression in a small mining community in Western Pennsylvania. He rose from modest beginnings to complete high school at age 16, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and graduated from St. Francis College by age 20, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry with honors. He was soon married to the love of his life and took a job with PPG Industries where he worked for the next 45 years. By the time of his retirement in 2005, Bob had traveled the world and risen to the rank of Global Marketing Manager for the Container Coatings Division.

Bob was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church since moving to Delaware in 1965 and a member of Eagles Lodge #376. He was an avid and loyal sports fan especially his Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. Bob had a passion for woodworking and made many heartfelt furniture items for family and friends. He treasured his time with his family and especially enjoyed attending his grandkids games and events, his annual spring training trips, and hunting with his son and grandson.

Mr. Molnar is survived by his wife of 52 year, Maxine Barber Molnar, his three sons: Robert Jr. (Shelley), Michael, and Mark (Mary), six grandchildren: Brittany, Bobby, Christy (Bensley) of central Ohio and Joseph, Daniel, and Margaret of Cleveland, and siblings: Paul, John, Jane, and Jim (deceased).

Friends may call 5-8 p.m. on Friday, prayer services 7:30 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr., Delaware. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Church in Delaware with Rev. Michael Watson Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio Health Hospice or St. Mary School Tuition Fund.

Bob lived by his motto” “Always do your best!”

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  • Mike, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you
    Diana and Jim

  • Dear Maxine, Bob, Mike, and Mark,
    I am so sorry to hear about Bob Sr. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you but I think of you often. I think about Bob Sr often at PPG as I have meetings in the office he used to work in. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers in this time of loss.
    Sincerely, Mike Cooney

  • Dear Maxine,
    I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Some years back, when I worked at Anheuser-Busch’s Metal Container Corporation, Bob’s group at PPG was our primary supplier of can coatings. He knew his stuff, he was always honest and fair, and he stood by his word. I have long forgotten many of those I worked with back then, but I will always remember Bob and the man he was.
    Sincerely, Bill Falke

  • R.I.P. Mr. Robert Molnar… He is a Good Man… I met him and Maxine all of your family over 25years ago when I made Mike in Delaware, Ohio. Mike is the mid. of the 3 sons and Mike move to Michigan where I grew up at Perry, MI… Mike and I are best friends & single & room mates for 25 years and I Care for Mike & family & friends in Ohio… God sent him home in heaven and I will see you soon Bob… Keep Safe and God Bless You All
    Diana Dempsey

  • Max: so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. I hope that it was peaceful. I’ve worked at our local cancer center since 2005 and know the wonderful work done by hospice programs. I’ve made a donation in memory of Bob. Please know that you are in my thoughts during this time of grief

  • Maxine,
    Bob was a great guy – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’ll also be sending a donation to Hospice in his memory.

  • Maxine ~ So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to you and your family ~ DeeDee & George Warden

  • Hi Maxine and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s death. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

    We have so good many memories with you guys of our life in Delaware .

    Chuck and Eileen

  • Hello Maxine, I just back form Deer Hunting, and I got an e-mail about Bob’s passing, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your Love One, and for all the rest of us who know Bob, one heck of a GOOD of a person.
    I was am employee with American Can/ American National, and the last seventeen years with Anheurser Busch Metal Container Corporation.
    I have had the opportunity to work with several PPG representatives, and all of them were very professional.
    Throughout the years, whenever I needed an honest and truthful answer, I could always rely on it from Bob, and you could take it whatever he said to the bank.
    I remember visiting your house and the both of you treated me as one of your own, and Bob show me the saw he cut his figure off!
    I always had a tremendous amount of respect for Bob’s knowledge, and he never told me any BS or politically correct information, what Bob said was truly the truth.
    God Bless you and stay strong!!!
    David B. Van Buskirk

  • Sorry I am getting this late. As a fellow “Pittsburger” I considered Bob one of the classyest men in the industry. Always enjoyed working with him at H.J.Heinz, Schlitz and Budweiser. We lost a valuable Icon and Gentleman of the industry.
    Norman Nieder