Robert L. Stemen, 86, loving husband, father, son, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, lost his battle with cancer on February 15, 2021, surrounded by his family at home in Van Wert.
He was born on November 23, 1934, in Van Wert the son of the late Louise I. (Knodel) Stemen and Gaylord E. Stemen. On November 27, 1955 he married the love of his life of 60 years, the former Dorothy L. (Johnson) Stemen who preceded him in death on April 20, 2016. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Marcia Sue (Stemen) Martin.
Bob and Dorothy raised three children, Cindy Dunn, Don (Cindi) Stemen and Sharon (Jim) Volk. Other family include his grandchildren, Abbey Stemen, Alek (Michelle) Stemen, Jessica Thompson, Brandon Thompson, Spencer (Lyric) Thompson, Jason (Kristell) Dunn, Danny Dunn, Nathan Dunn, Carrie Dunn and Kelly Dunn; and twenty-eight great grandchildren.
He was a 1953 graduate of Van Wert High School. He worked as a draftsman for many years at Magnavox, Phillips and ITT Aero Space. Bob was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer for Thomas Edison boys and girls. Bob loved watching his family playing ball, dancing and cheering. He never missed an event. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren always came first in his life. He was the kindest man to all! He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Due to pandemic considerations, a service will be held for the family at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 20, 2021, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Farmer officiating. There will be calling noon to 1:00 p.m., also on Saturday. Interment will be in Van Wert Woodland Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to St. Jude’s Children’ Research Hospital or the First United Methodist Church.
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