Robert C. Buckholtz, Jr., 93, died Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at The Abbewood in Elyria.
He was born May 6, 1914 in Columbus, where he lived most of his life. After retiring, he had lived in Port Clinton, before moving to Elyria in 2005.
He graduated from Columbus North High School in 1931 where he was named to the Columbus Citizens All-High School Football Team.
He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes and received a Bronze Star Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge with one Oak Leaf Cluster and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with five Bronze Stars. In 1997 he was awarded, by the Republic of France, the Liberation of France Medal.
He was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years and was voted the Columbus Mail Carrier of the Year in 1952.
He loved Lake Erie and was a boater and fisherman and had been active for 50 years in the Columbus and Port Clinton Power Squadrons. He also enjoyed playing cards and was an avid Ohio State University fan.
Robert is survived by a nephew, Thurman Buckholtz, Jr. of Lady Lake, FLla.; grandniece, Leslie Witherall of Toledo; and a sister-in-law, Betty Snyder of Springfield.
He was preceded in death by wives, Dorothy Given Buckholtz, Rita Van Holte Buckholtz and Margaret "Peggy" Kramer Buckholtz; brothers, Thurman "Tug" Buckholtz and Lawrence "Dutch" Buckholtz; sisters, Dorothy Sheffield and Mabel Bidwell; and his parents, Robert C. and Minnie Buckholtz, Sr.
A Memorial Service will be Friday, September 7, 2007, 11 a.m. at Rutherford Funeral Home, 2383 North High St., Columbus. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Columbus. Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria was in charge of local arrangements.