Robert Martens, age 82, of Celina, passed away Friday, November 29, 2019, at Celina Manor.
Born on June 7, 1937, in Celina, he was a son of the late Herman C. & Clara P. ( West ) Martens.
On June 23, 1962, Bob married Diane Grande, and she survives, along with their three sons: Jerry Martens, John & Emily Martens, and Jason Martens, granddaughters: Mischa Snow and Gemma Martens, all of Celina; and a sister, Carol Crouch, of Tipp City.
Also surviving are Diane's sisters: Colletta Baldridge of Lafayette, LA, and Adrienne Withrow, Marilyn Roby and Rachel & Joe Conrad, all
of Wooster, OH; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Bob in death were his brothers: Harold & Marcie Martens and Herman "Junior" & Bonnie Martens, brother-in-law: John Crouch, and his
wife's brothers & sisters: Francis & Helen Grande, George & Carol Grande, Philomena & Bill Wright, John & Josephine Grande, Loretta & Leroy Harsh,
Jeannine & Bill Wilson, Patricia & Dick Frontz, Clarence Baldridge, Eugene & Barbara Grande, Richard Withrow, and Clark Roby.
A graduate of Celina High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1956, serving at Fort Ord in California. Bob had assisted with his family’s
business - Martens Greenhouse, in Celina.
He was a project supervisor with ODOT. ( Ohio Department of Transportation ) Bob then worked in construction for S.E. Johnson Companies and Dan Jutte Excavating. He later served as an Inspection Consultant for the Mercer County Engineers Office. Over the years, Bob built many spec homes.
Bob enjoyed going to casinos, and making an annual trip to Las Vegas with his sons. He was interested in WWII History, and studying and
investing in the Stock Market.
Bob liked attending auctions, and going to shows at the Niswonger Center in Van Wert. He was an OSU Buckeyes Football fan.
A favorite pastime of Bob's was feeding and watching birds. He was known for his gardening skills, particularly growing onions, generously
sharing hundreds of them with friends and family.
Most of all, Bob dearly loved his wife and family, his main goal in life was to love and provide for them.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 5, at Immaculate Conception Church in Celina.
Fr. Ken Schnipke, C.PP.S. and Pastor Jeff Gramza will preside.
Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
Calling Hours are 2:00 - 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 4, and 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, at W.H. Dick
& Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception School, Celina.
Condolences can be expressed at dickandsonshellwarthfh.com
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