Robert Edinger
Robert Edinger

May 5, 1936-May 10, 2018

VAN WERT — Robert H. Edinger, 82, of Van Wert, died at 2:24 p.m. Thursday at Lima Memorial Hospital.

He was born on May 5, 1936, in Lima to Howard and Ethel Mae (Holtzapple) Edinger, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 30, 1956, he married the former Nancy King who also preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 2013.

Family survivors include his three children, Joseph Robert (Susan) Edinger of Millersburg, John Howard (Sharon) Edinger of Delphos and Debra Sue (Randy) Ruhl of Nolanville, Texas; eight grandchildren, Douglas (Sara) Ruhl, Michael (Stephanie) Ruhl, Cody Ruhl, David (Olivia) Edinger, Joel (Kendra) Edinger, Joy Edinger, Emily (Matt) Miller and Darren Edinger; five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Benjamin, Evelyn and Lydia Ruhl and Clara Edinger; a brother, Thomas Edinger of Arizona; and two sisters, Janet Leonard of Lima and Jean (Steve) Beach of Bluffton.

Bob was a graduate of Cory-Rawson High School and received his teaching degree at Bluffton College. He retired after 50 years in education. He started teaching at Crestview Schools and initiated the football program at Crestview. He then taught chemistry, was football coach, athletic director and bus driver at Van Wert City Schools. Bob was inducted to the Crestview Education Hall of Fame. He was a member of First United Brethren in Christ Church in Van Wert. He led a life dedicated to community service.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 19 at First United Brethren in Christ Church in Van Wert. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Bluffton.

There will be calling hours 4 - 8 p.m. on May 18 and 9 - 11 a.m. on May 19, all at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Van Wert High School Athletic Department.

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