Robert Eugene Fike, 84, died Thursday, December 26, 2007 at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria. He was born January 22, 1923 in Montpelier.
He was a mortician, a retired area manager at Container Mfg. Equipment, and maintenance for Campbell Soup, in Napoleon.
Bob was a member of Leipsic United Methodist Church and former chairman of the trustees and a former trustee of the church and Sunday school superintendent, a WWII Army veteran with the 383rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, Leipsic VFW and American Legion, a member for over 50 years of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 325, Ottawa, former Leipsic Arbor Society, Anthony Wayne Court of the Order of the Amarantha, Friends of the Library, Leipsic Senior Citizens. Bob displayed and sold his woodworking at the Juried fine arts and craft shows and Juried woodworking shows, 1949 graduate of Cincinnati School of Embalming, member of Ohio Funeral Directors Association for over 50 years, member of Districts 1 and 7 of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. He received the award for Excellence in 1983 from Campbell Soup Co., and was extremely active with Putnam County Red Cross Blood Drives. He played Santa for many years for many groups and raised and sold Christmas trees.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Marie (nee Purnell); a daughter, Nell Ann Fike of Elyria; and a sister, Betty (Richard) Bellman, of Leipsic.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest W. and Edna M. (nee Reimund) Fike; and a sister, Helen Binger.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 P.M., Saturday, December 29, 2007 and 2:30 to 8 P.M. Sunday, December 30, 2007 at the Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, 226 N. Belmore, Leipsic. There will also be a Masonic Service at 7 P.M. Sunday. Funeral Services will be Monday, December 31, 2007, at 11 A.M. at Leipsic United Methodist Church, Leipsic. Burial will be in Sugar Ridge Cemetery in Leipsic with Military Rites by the Leipsic American Legion and VFW.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com