Robert E. McCleary
Robert E. McCleary
Robert E. McCleary, 74, passed away Jan. 8, 2014, at 8:21 p.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

Robert was born Sept. 20, 1939, in Van Wert County, to Ralph and Ruth (Bell) McCleary who preceded him in death.

On Nov. 12, 1960, he married Marsha (Foster) McCleary who survives in Lima.



Bob was a member of Salem Mennonite Church. He was an accounting manager and a field auditor for Terra Ag Corporation for many years before retiring in 1992. Bob was a lifelong farmer, who loved the land and nature as a whole. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and anything to do outside with nature. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was seen as a true patriarch of the family and he will be deeply missed.

Survivors include: a son: Kent (Elizabeth) McCleary of Elida, Ohio; daughter: Melissa (Jerry) Stemen of Elida; four grandchildren: Kent R. E. (Leah) McCleary, Joseph (Dustie) McCleary, Amanda Stemen, Sarah McCleary; great-granddaughter: Nevaeh McCleary; two sisters: Donna (Robert) Schaadt of Salem, S.C., Eva (Frank) Haubry of Nineveh, Ind., and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Jan. 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Salem Mennonite Church. Paula Snyder Belousek will officiate at the service. Friends may call Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, from 2 - 8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services - Shawnee Chapel and one hour of visitation prior to the service on Monday at the church.

Contributions may be made to the Mennonite Mission Network and National Parkinson’s Foundation.

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