Robert J. Stilgenbauer, 97, of Elyria, formerly of Lorain, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Wesleyan Village in Elyria, following a long illness. Mr. Stilgenbauer was born in Frazeysburg on August 2, 1915, the son of the late Edwin E. and Ethel (nee Thomas) Stilgenbauer.
He graduated from Lorain High School and Ohio University with a degree in civil engineering. Mr. Stilgenbauer served in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of LT. JG. His service during World War II earned him the American Campaign Ribbon, European-Africian-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Asia Pacific Campaign Medal with one star, Liberation of the Philippines Medal and WWII Victory Medal. He retired in 1977 as a civil engineer from from United States Steel Company.
He was a member of the Towne Club, Round Table, College Club, Black River Historical Society, Great Lakes Historical Society, The Medina Masonic Lodge, Lake Erie Consistory, and the Western Reserve Theater Organ Society. He was also a member of the Mary Lilly Society and was named Good Citizen of the Year for 2003. He was a volunteer with both the former Ohio Extended Care and the Community Health Partners Hospital.
Mr. Stilgenbauer is survived by his daughter, Cheryl A. (Donald) Strehle of Birmingham; son, Dr. Robert E. (Jane) Stilgenbauer of Lorain; grandchildren, Rebecca Hill, Sarah Stilgenbauer, Matthew Strehle, Michael Strehle; four great grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Nickison of Elyria.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eloise K. (Kilgore) Stilgenbauer in 2003; and a brother, Ned T. Stilgenbauer.
Friends may call Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 10 to 11 A.M. in the Schwartz, Spence, Boyer & Cool Home For Funerals, 1124 W. 5th Street, Lorain, followed at 11 A.M. by a joint memorial service celebrating the lives of both Bob and Eloise, officiated by the Rev. Beth McKee, Chaplain of the Wesleyan Village.
Eloise I. (nee Kilgore) Stilgenbauer, passed away Monday, October 6, 2003 at New Life Hospice Center at St. Joseph in Lorain, following a long illness. Mrs. Stilgenbauer was born on July 31, 1915 in Holloway.
They will buried together in Ridge Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Amherst Township with military honors for Mr. Stilgenbauer, provided jointly by the American Legion Post 30 and the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 451.
The family suggest that memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society/Prostate Cancer, 10501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106-2204 or the Black River Historical Society, 309 W. 5th St., Lorain, OH 44052.