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Robert Ober

Robert G. "Bob" Ober

Sunday, September 20th, 1931 - Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
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Robert G. Ober, 88, of Akron, passed away early in the morning of Tuesday, April 14. He was surrounded by his family as he lost his six-month battle with cancer.

Robert, who also answered to “Bob” and “Red” was born Sept. 20, 1931,the son of Harvey and Elsie Ober. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Thirsk) Ober. On May 12, 2020, he and his wife would have celebrated 64 years of marriage. He is also survived by three children, Steven M. (Linda D.) of Manheim, Sharon D. Kulp (William H.) of Ephrata, and Scott A. of Lancaster. Also surviving are grandchildren: Carolyn E. Krasley, Elena P. Ober, Matt L. and Andrew S. Martin; Tyler S., Austin J. and Jordan A. Kulp and a sister, Fay (Ober) Cutt of Park City Utah.

He was born in Brunnerville and graduated from Warwick Township High School in 1949. He was a graduate of Lancaster Business College and the American Bankers Association School of Banking at Rutgers University. He started his banking career at the Akron National Bank, which merged with Fulton National Bank in 1955. He worked for Fulton Bank for 42 years.

He was past president of the Lancaster Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, serving as chairman of Group 5 and a board member.

Bob served on active duty with the U.S. Navy from April, 1953, through April, 1955, aboard the USS Gilbert Islands, CVE 107, as the commissary storekeeper.

He was a long-time member of Zion Lutheran Church in Akron where he served in various positions and also served several terms on the church council. In recent years, he attended Calvary Church in Lancaster.
Bob was a member of the Akron Lions Club for more than 50 years. He served the club as treasurer, was a member of the board and was honored with the Lion of the Year award.

He served as treasurer of Akron borough from 1965 until he retired in December of last year, a total of 54 years. He was a member for more than 50 years of Ephrata Lodge 665, Free and Accepted Masons.
Bob was an avid golfer and a longtime member of Conestoga Country Club and Foxchase Golf Club. He was also a Phillies fan and regularly attended the Reading Phillies games.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Donald, brother-in-law Roger Cutt, and granddaughter, Ashley Renee Kulp.

He was a wonderful husband, dad and grandfather and will be deeply missed by all.

The family wishes to thank Hospice and Community Care, especially the blue team of Kevin, Ann, Nilda, Libby and Deb. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.
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David Kerr

Posted at 11:33am
From The Kerr family: David, Lee Ann, Sean and Kyle Bob was a smart, funny, curious man. His unique personality will certainly be missed.
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Lisa (Horst) Hocker

Posted at 05:37am
Carolyn and family, So sorry to read of the passing of Bob. He was a fixture in Akron and a dear friend of my late mother Fern Horst. I hope they have found each other in heaven and reliving the good old days in Akron. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Charles Sheidy

Posted at 11:13am
I knew Bob through the Lions club, Masons, golf and living in Akron. He was always a gentleman. My condolances to his family .
I will pray for the repose of his soul.

The Kerr family

Posted at 12:57pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Randy Sammet

Posted at 08:58pm
Very sad to hear of Mr. Ober's passing. A true Akronite. Mr. Ober was part of the growing up community that was the special Akron of the 1950's-60's-70''s and beyond. Our families spent sometime together when the kids were young and I have nice memories of those times. I also had an opportunity to have phone conversations a number of times through these last few years with Bob and they were always genuine and special to me. God's grace, mercy, and love for you all in this very sad time. He is a special person and will be missed by many. God Bless, the Randy Sammet Family

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