Robert O. ‘Bob’ Sanner

December 14, 1954 ‒ May 05, 2017

Marion, Ohio

The Marion community mourns the loss of one of our most selfless, loving and philanthropic men, Robert O. “Bob” Sanner, age 62, of Marion, “who earned his wings” and went to be with the Lord, dying unexpectedly on Friday, May 5, 2017.

On December 14, 1954, Bob was born in Toledo, Ohio, the oldest of three children of the late Janet (Beerman) Sanner and Robert H. Sanner.  As a family, they moved to Bowling Green, Ohio, in 1971, where he graduated from Otsego High School in the class of 1973.

Following high school, Bob managed Rudy’s Hot Dogs in Bowling Green from 1974 to 1983, where he learned business management and became a coney dog and ice cream enthusiast.  In Bowling Green is also where he learned the importance of giving back to his community, serving on the Board and as past president of the BG Jaycees, serving on the Parks and Recreation Board, and was an EMT for the Bowling Green Fire Department.

After moving to Marion in 1983, Bob started working at Granger Realty.  Always working to better himself, he next worked as a residential lender at State Savings Bank, then was a Men’s department store manager at Sear’s.  Since 1997, he has served as the Vice President and Residential Lender for Fahey Bank, where he loved working with the people of Marion and had a special place in his heart for all of his employees and co-workers at the bank.

A man of faith, Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marion, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and in various other capacities.

“A volunteer extraordinaire,” Bob’s easy-going personality and dedication to community service made him a popular choice for membership on many local boards.  He was a working board member, always rolling up his sleeves to make Marion a better community.  Currently, he was serving as the president of the Marion General Hospital Board.  He also served on the Marion Council on Aging, Marion Area Ohio Convention and Visitors Bureau, Residential Home Association-Marion (RHAM), Marion City/County Regional Planning Commission, Marion Port Authority, and the Junior Service Guild, where he helped with their Christmas Clearinghouse drive and was Marion’s “long reigning Peanut Push king” raising thousands of dollars for this charity.

In Bob’s rare moments away from work and community involvement, he loved visiting his home away from home at Port Clinton on Lake Erie.  The lake was nostalgic for Bob, because he spent most of his summers growing up up there at his grandparent’s home.  This is also where he learned the value of hard work, working at the Fisherman’s Wharf starting at 15.  Another frequent stop for Bob while heading north, was Cedar Point, where he always had a season membership, despite not liking the rides.  Many suspect he just loved “eating his way through the park,” especially the famous Berardi fries.  Bob also was an avid collector of things that intrigued him.  He was a history buff, who especially was fascinated with World War II and aviation.

Getting a second chance at love, Bob crossed paths socially with his future bride, Victoria Cooper.  They eventually started dating and the rest was history, marrying on April 1, 2000.  Bob was a devoted husband, and they enjoyed their seventeen years of marriage together.

Bob was a family man, which was evident through his favorite saying: “Family is everything.”  Despite all of Bob’s accomplishments, by far and away his proudest achievement was his daughter, Julie, whom he adored.  He also was an “over the moon” grandpa to his adorable grand twins, Eleanor and Lewis.  They will miss him for so many reasons, especially his calming presence, deep love for everyone, and his appreciation for moments in life, notably birthdays and Christmas.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Victoria Sanner of Marion; his daughter, Julie (Jim) Pooler of West Salem, OH; two grandchildren: Eleanor and Lewis Pooler; two siblings: Sherila (Steve) Carter of Oregon, OH, and Randy (Carol) Sanner of Bowling Green; two half siblings: Amanda (Doug) Chagolla, and Kristopher Sanner; eight nieces and nephews: Cecelia, Hayes, Michael, Michelle, Ryan, Sam, Teige and Trevor; mother-in-law, Vera Cooper; and countless dear friends.

His family will greet friends from 3 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Thursday, with Rev. Rob Howard officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Spirit of Hope Cancer Fund, c/o Marion General Hospital Foundation, 1000 McKinley Park Dr., Marion, OH 43302, Junior Service Guild, c/o Christmas Clearinghouse, 1680 Marion Waldo Rd., Marion, OH 43302, or First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Bob’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with his family by visiting

  • Words cannot express how sad I am to hear of Bob’s passing. We have been friends for years, and I talked to him regularly. Prayers for peace and comfort for all of you. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • I am so sorry to hear this. Praying for peace and comfort for the family.

  • Words are inadequate to express my sadness to learn the loss of wonderful man.
    He was a true gentleman , always helping everyone with a smile on his face.
    Sending prayers to his family .

  • Vickie,
    Bob was such a big presence in this Community and such a caring person. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to meet him. I am keeping you in my prayers and sending big hugs.
    Janine Williams

  • Dear Vicki, I always felt that Bob was a gentleman with a quick smile and humor. Upon reading his obituary I’m truly impressed with his life long passion for service to the community and his love for family. I’m very sorry for your loss as I’m sure will also be felt by the Marion community.

    My prayers and love are with you, Rebecca

    • Vicki
      My love is with you. Hold on my dear friend as you go forward, let people help you, tell them what you need from them even if it is just to be left alone or that your garbage needs emptied. My heart is broken for you and my prayers and thoughts are with you every minute.

  • Vicki
    My love is with you. Hold on my dear friend as you go forward, let people help you, tell them what you need from them even if it is just to be left alone or that your garbage needs emptied. My heart is broken for you and my prayers and thoughts are with you every minute.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I have wonderful memories of him as I worked for him at State Savings Bank. He was one of a kind and will be missed greatly by the Marion community and everyone who knew him. Prayers and comfort to his family.

  • Vickie and Julie, Your husband and your father blessed this community by sharing his passion and talents with all things Marion. His infectious smile and good humor were a gift to all who met him. He leaves a legacy unequaled by most. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Karen

  • I am so shocked to hear of Bob’s passing…shocked and sad. So many times at the bank when I pulled up, he would come to the window and say hi and exchange pleasantries. Bob always inquired about my husband, Gary, when he was ill and after he passed in October 2014. Gary really enjoyed talking to Bob, as well. I cannot believe I will no longer see his smiling face at the bank – such a wonderful, kind, positive man! He will be missed. I’m sure he and Gary are sharing funny stories and having a nice laugh in Heaven together. Prayers for his family.

  • Vicki I am so sorry for the unexpected loss of your husband. He appears to have been an awesome giving person. My prayers are with you and your family. Ann Brown Wiseman

  • Bob Sanner was an always-friendly positive trustworthy member of our community. My sympathies to the Fahey Bank staff and customers who’ll surely miss his smile and great attitude. My heart weeps for Vickie and her immeasurable loss.

  • I’m am sorry for your loss – Bob was such a kind sweet man- may your memories help comfort you during this difficult time .

  • So very sad for your loss. Bob was a wonderful man with a huge heart. May your memories help with your grief and give you comfort and peace. With deepest sympathy.
    Velma T Clabaugh

  • One of the kindest people I have met in Marion, Ohio. He always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. Bob Sanner will be greatly missed by the people of Marion, Ohio.

    Love and prayers
    Wayne Rowe

  • Vickie: I’m so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a positive, kind person who didn’t know a stranger. Marion has loss one of it’s finest and God gained a glorious angel.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May the Lord carry you through this difficult time.

  • Bob was a such a great friend to my dad and step-mom, Don and Lannette Davis–which meant that he was a great friend to the extended family too. He always loved stories of my travels and of life in Colorado, once giving me a Fahey Bank emblazoned paperweight globe so I’d never forget Marion no matter where I went off to. He sent us a handmade blanket after my son was born and gifted him an engraved piggy bank after his baptism. I’ll never forget these kind gestures. What a good guy.

  • I was so sad to learn of Bob’s passing. I only met him a couple times but felt he was the right person for my friend Vicky Cooper. You deserved all the happiness that life could offer and I know the last 17 years were happy ones. God bless all of you as you mourn the loss of such a great person. Peggy Zimmerman

  • Bob was one of the nicest most genuine people I have ever met. A dear sweet man who will be missed by many. He was a wonderful friend. Prayers for his family


    Remember’d for care and time he did spend
    To make fam’ly and Marion better
    Our town’s love he has… and… he was my friend.

    Volunteer groups he helped to steer guide and tend
    Business strictures worked he to unfetter
    Remember’d for care and time he did spend.

    For young and olds’ needs he labored to mend
    Help he usually found for the poor debtor
    Our town’s love he has … and … he was my friend.

    Extended fam’ly’s aspects by him kenned
    Julie and twins fraternal ignored never
    Remember’d for care and time he did spend

    Vicki’s steady love a true dividend
    A helpmeet in his projects wherever
    Our town’s love he has … and … he was my friend.

    Outstanding mem’ries of Bob that I’ve penned
    To guide us following this trendsetter.
    Remember’d for care and time he did spend
    Our town’s love he has … and … he was my friend.

    Villanelle: written 8 May 2017
    Marion, OH

  • I was in the Bowling Green Jaycees with Bob back in the early ’80’s when he was the manager of Rudy’s Hot Dogs. You could see he had the potential for bigger and better things, but only now do I see the incredible career and life he led after leaving B.G. for other opportunities. Condolences to the family, and R.I.P., Bob.

  • Denise and I are deeply saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. He was a devoted family man, a compassionate businessman, tireless community advocate – and our friend. Through his example, Bob inspired us to reach higher than we thought we could to help others and make Marion a better place for all. For that we will always be grateful.

    James Joyce once said, “He lived and laughed and loved and left. And the world will never be the same.” Vicki, Julie, Jim, Eleanor and Lewis – you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Vicky
    I was so sorry to hear of Bob’s death.He was such a kind man with a Servant’s Heart.
    All who knew him will truly miss home.

  • Vicky,
    I was so sorry to hear of Bob’s death. He was such a kind gentle man with a true
    Servants Heart.
    My prayers are with you an your family’s.

  • Dear Vicki, Julie & family,
    My sincere condolences to you all! I was so shocked to hear about Bob & have been praying for you. I had the pleasure of working with Bob while at Fahey! Such a good guy to work for! I enjoyed the Christmas parties & had fun throwing him a shower at work when he was getting married to Vicki! I appreciated his help with ideas for getting help when I took care of my mom. I’m sorry I have to work & won’t be able to go to calling hours & the funeral, but know my thoughts & prayers are with you all! I pray God will bless you with wonderful memories & that those memories will give you comfort!

  • Dear Vickie and family, just wanted to say my heart is hurting for all of you, so very sorry for your loss. When I think of Bob he was such a gentleman, kind and friendly to all. He made me feel welcome as a chamber ambassador, letting me and others’ we did a good job, he had a kind heart and a wonderful smile, loved family, friends and our city, such a giving spirit, there are not enough words’ to express what a loss he is, now Heaven has an extra Angel so fly my friend, Love and Prayers’ Sandy and Mike Mitchell

  • Denise and I are deeply saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. He was a devoted family man, compassionate businessman, tireless community advocate – and our friend. Through his example, we are all inspired to reach higher than we ever thought possible to assist others and make our community a better place. In the words of James Joyce, “He lived and laughed and loved and left. And the world will never be the same.”

    Vicki, Julie and family – you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Denise and Gary Iams

  • Bob was my boss when I worked at Rudy’s Hot Dog as a teen and I was saddened to hear of his passing. We always enjoyed working with him. I remember on Sundays, he would cook a huge breakfast for a weekly gathering of family and friends who would drop by at the restaurant.
    Bob was such a kind and selfless person, his investment of himself in his community reflects his leadership qualities and heart for others.
    My condolences to Bob’s family.