Robert Wayne “Bear” Severs, 69, of Fremont, OH passed away on January 12, 2019 at Stein Hospice in Sandusky, OH surrounded by his family after a short illness. He was born March 22, 1949 in Fremont the son of Robert Lee Severs and Faye L. (Hoffman) Rimelspach. He was a 1968 graduate of Fremont Ross High School.
Robert was co-owner of Bob’s Body Shop and Ruthie’s Korner Kitchen in Fremont with his former wife. In addition to his business, he also was an employee at Moore Business Forms, Fremont, Progress Plastics, Bellevue and Midwest Transportation, Clyde.
Robert enjoyed playing pool and was a member of Sandusky County Pool League and the Gibsonburg Area Pool League. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, owning and restoring antique cars, fishing, and life on the Sandusky River. He was exceptional at designing things in his head and building them whether made of wood or metal. This is why he was affectionally know by friends and neighbors as “Builder Bob.”
Robert is survived by his fiancé, Viola Purdy, former wife, Ruth Williams, mother, Faye Rimelspach all of Fremont; children, Robert William (Lisa) Severs and Randall Wayne (Karri) Severs both of Fremont, Ryan Wade (Joyce) Severs, Green Springs; grandchildren, Lynnette N. (Kurt) Swinehart, Fremont, Robert Brandon Severs, Toledo and Matthew L. Severs, Fremont; great grandchildren, Alivia, Brianna and Weston Swinehart and Scarlett Severs; brothers, Richard L. (Millie) Severs, Fredrick L. (Helen) Severs and David A. Severs all of Fremont, Brian K. Severs, California and Vernon L. (Lisa) McClure, Fremont; sister, Kelly S. Smith, Fremont and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; father; and two grandsons, Raymond B. and Corey J. Severs.
Visitation: Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E State St., Fremont, OH.
Service: Thursday, January 17, 2019; 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial: Friday, March 22, 2019: 11:00 a.m. at McGormley Cemetery.
Memorials: Stein Hospice or to the family
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My heart is hurting for you Viola. Bob was a good man that I enjoyed spending time with during pool league, mostly summer league. I will always smile when I think of him, especially memories of the two of you fussing over a shot that was missed or a different shot that should have been taken. He’s playing among the cream of the crop now and working on that one antique car that he could never get his hands on. Big hugs to you and I pray the hurt will heal more and more with each passing day.
Bob was a nice guy, and a lot of fun to know. He was always a tough opponent at the pool table. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family!
Mike & Julie Rudinoff
I’m so sorry to hear this about Wayne. One of my favorite cousins.Those “big cousins” were so much fun. I couldn’t keep up wth him but I’ll always think of him in my heart as a gentle giant. Too many miles and so much time between us as we grew up but I’ll always keep him in my heart and in my special memories. I pray that
his family and all who cared for him on this side of his life be enfolded in Gods comfort and love.
Elaine & Jim S
Bob (& Lisa),
Jim & I wanted to share our condolences on the loss of your father. My dad has also been sick this year. May you find God’s grace & comfort during this time of loss. Jim & I think of you often and hope you are well.
I was shocked to hear of Bob’s passing. as I was not aware that he was sick. My sincere condolences to you and other family members. Bob was so helpful with MGV and I was able to personally see some of his many creations such as the light house by your dock and the trellis feature in your back yard. Wish I could be there to personally comfort you but we are still in Texas.
To Viola, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I just checked my emails and saw the note from Master Gardeners. I feel his loss will be a huge void in your life for a long time.
Bob was a terrific man, with a personality that could surprise you around every corner. He always seemed to see the brighter side of life even in the darkest of days. He had a “can do” attitude.
To Ruthie and your family, I did not realize it until reading Bob’s obit that he was your former husband. I used to work with you somewhere in my lifetime…previous name was Judi Hoover – Judi Gyurica. Not only has Bob left a void in Viola’s life, I am sure he was a rock for your children and their families as well.
I am wishing you all the strength you will need to get through your sadness at this time.