Robert E. Schmalzried, 69, rural Wabash, died at 10:33 p.m., Thursday, May 1, at Wabash County Hospital. He was born Feb. 15, 1945 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Newell and O. Ruth (Imler) Schmalzried.
Bob was a 1963 graduate of Southwood High School. He married Cathy (Schaus) Glover at the LaFontaine Christian Church on June 20, 1987. He worked for Ford Meter Box, retiring in 2008 after 30 years, was a longtime firefighter with Noble Township Fire Department, and was a Certified Fire Instructor. Bob attended the Wabash Friends Church and was a longtime Sunday School teacher. He was a board member and worked for Habitat for Humanity, and was a member of the Emmaus and Kairos Board of Directors. Bob was known as Grandpa to many.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy Schmalzried, Wabash; five children, Rick (Andrea) Schmalzried, Plymouth, Ellen (Jay) Tung, Belmont, Calif., Nancy (Lee) Powell and Teresa (Jeff) Galley, both of Wabash, and Mike (Joanne) Glover, Bossier City, La.; 21 grandchildren, and his brother, William (Jill) Schmalzried, Wabash. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Maria Schmalzried, and brother, James A. Schmalzried.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Wabash Friends Church, 3563 S. State Road 13, Wabash, with David Phillips and Alex Falder officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery, Lagro. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash, and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.
Preferred memorial is Wabash County Habitat for Humanity or Honeywell Childrens Outreach.
The memorial guest book for Bob may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.