A funeral service for Robert E. Offenbaker, age 84, of Newark, (Licking County) Ohio will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral and Cremation Service with Deacon Patrick Wilson officiating.
Military honors will be observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.
Inurnment will take place in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark, Ohio at a later date.
Mr. Offenbaker passed away Thursday, December 10, 2009 at the LPN Healthcare Facility. He was born March 4, 1925 in Newark, Ohio to the late John B. and Rose Anna (Dile) Offenbaker.
Mr. Offenbaker proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II where, as a 17-year-old on his first active sea duty trip aboard the USS Tasker H. Bliss, the ship was sunk by enemy fire.
He also served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Following his tours of duty, Mr. Offenbaker served on the Newark Police Force. He was then employed by Rockwell International, retiring in 1983.
Mr. Offenbaker then became bailiff for the Licking County Court of Common Pleas.
An avid golfer, Mr. Offenbaker was a past member of the Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark, Ohio and Kingsway Country Club of Lake Lucy, Florida. He was a 50- year member of Acme Lodge #554 F& AM, and was a life member of the Elks Lodge #391 and a member of the Teheran Grotto and the American Legion.
He is survived by his daughter, Valerie R. (Rick) Bailey of Heath, Ohio; brother-in-law, William J. Filkosky of Michigan; sisters-in-law, Juanita Offenbaker of Newark and Shirley Filkosky of Cincinnati; nieces, nephews and many friends, both in Ohio and Florida.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Fred, Jack, Tom and Gerry; and a sister, Bonnie Barnes.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, December 11, at the funeral home, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark, where Acme Lodge #554 F & AM will have a service at 7 p.m.
There will also be calling hours one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.
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