Howard — Robert J. Vales, 80, passed away on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at his Apple Valley residence.

Bob was born Sept. 4, 1937, in Cleveland to John E. and Harriet F. (Mantowski) Vales. He served in the Korean War with the U.S. Navy from 1955-58. He was a member of the St. Luke Catholic Church in Danville and loved fishing, feeding birds, wood working, thoroughbred horses, the Browns, Indians and Cavs, but what brought him the greatest joy in life was spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sharon (McCune) Vales; his kids, Denise Vales (Nikki), Shane (Joy) McCune, Valerie (Kyle) Hughes, Stephen (Laurie) Vales, Pauline (Andy) Puttmann, and Mare (Gene) Matheny; two sisters, Sister Florence Vales and Sister Patricia Vales; grandkids, Kayla (Joshua) Gardner, Emily (Lee) Mullins, Garrett Hughes, Rebecca Vales, John Vales and Liam Puttmann; and great-grandkids; Kohen and Skylar Mullins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Robert Vales Jr.

A funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. today, Monday, Oct. 30, at the St. Luke church in Danville. Father Hammond officiated. Interment will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank the wonderful Hospice staff, the people of St. Luke, and Dr. Julie Costello. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, 43050, or at The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling arrangements. Visit


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