BUCYRUS — Robert “Bob” Marian Crall, died at home Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Bob was 66 years of age. He was born Easter morning April 6, 1947, in Galion, to the late Marian Henry and Annabel Elizabeth (Virtue) Crall.
Bob and the former Phyllis Jean Blackford were united in marriage June 8, 1968, in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sulphur Springs, with the Rev. Oliver Beach, Jr. officiating. Phyllis survives her husband.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kimberly Jo (Lee) North, and grandchildren, Karlee North and Owen North, of Dublin; a son, Jonathan Robert (Danielle) Crall, and grandchildren, Eli Crall, Ty Crall, Ben Crall and Abe Crall of Mount Orab; three sisters, Margaret “Margee” Amstutz, of Mount Vernon, Mary Lou Neumann, of Bucyrus, and twin sister Elizabeth “Betty” (Mark) Rafferty, of Birmingham, Ala.; sister-in-law, Anne (Jack) Fisher of Chatfield; sister-in-law, Linda (Garrett) Swendal, of Howard; and dear family friend, Kimberly Blair of Columbus. Nephews and nieces surviving include; Gail (Peggy) Amstutz, Norman (Deborah) Amstutz, Marion (Janice) Amstutz, Kevin Amstutz, Heather (Mark) Thomas, Ellen (Roger) Bloomfield, Rick (Janine) Neumann, Sonya (James) Gibson, Ryan (Christina) Rafferty, Sarah Rafferty, Neil Rafferty, Deborah Grove, Jerry Kalb and Allen (Laura) Fisher. Eight great-nieces and 15 great-nephews also survive.
In addition to Bob’s parents, brother-in-law, Roger K. Amstutz; niece, Rebecca J Amstutz; and niece, Cynthia K Amstutz, preceded him in death.
Bob was a 1965 graduate of Buckeye Central High School, and a 1970 graduate of Tiffin University, where he earned an accounting degree. Pursuing a career in the manufacturing industry, Bob retired in 2004 after 33 years. Bob enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially attending their activities. Genealogical research, gardening, landscaping, home maintenance, watching and feeding his backyard critters, were favorite pastimes. He was recently accepted into the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.
Bob cherished the time he was able to spend with his mother, Annabel, and mother-in-law, Kate Blackford, during their care giving years. Their lifelong maternal teaching instincts were always present and priorities in their lives.
Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services will be held at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 1675 Hopley Ave, Bucyrus, at 1 p.m., on Monday, with Pastor Jim Ellis officiating. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the services where the family will receive them. Following services, burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Bucyrus.
Pallbearers will be son, Jonathan Crall; grandsons, Eli Crall and Ty Crall; son-in-law, Lee North; brother-in-law, Garrett Swendal; and family friend, William Bateson.
Memorials may be made to Woodlawn United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, The American Cancer Society, or to the charity of the donor’s choice through the funeral home.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.