OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" D. Bollenbacher

October 3, 1959December 30, 2018
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ROBERT "BOB" D. BOLLENBACHER passed away early Sunday morning, December 30, 2018. Born in Fort Wayne on October 3, 1959, "he left us much too soon and will be missed far more than can be expressed." Bob grew up in the Time Corners area, attended Anthony Wayne and Portage Junior High, and graduated from Elmhurst High School and ITT Technical Institute. He had a wonderful childhood growing up in a neighborhood where all the kids were free to ride bikes, catch bugs, and play hide and seek late into the evening under the watchful eyes of caring parents who all looked out for each other. He started as a bat boy at Time Corners Little League and played baseball through Senior League, usually coached by his father, the late Richard Bollenbacher. Bob was an employee of Lutheran Hospital having worked at The Imaging Center for 22 years. He appreciated every opportunity to meet and get to know a variety of people. Bob was a loyal and devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs and was a Komet Hockey season ticket holder for the past 26 years. He enjoyed several cruise ship vacations with friends and family, The Beatles and all things Mayberry. "He will be remembered for his positive attitude, a big smile and his ability to respond to about any situation with a silly joke, creative play-on-words or a ridiculous pun. He made everyone feel special and important to him, because they were. " Bob was a thoughtful son to his mother, Grace Bollenbacher; and the very best brother to his sisters and their husbands, Nancy (Jon) Schoenle, Janet (Dan) Stahl, and Jill (Phil) Coons. He was an extremely generous and extraordinary uncle to his nephews and nieces, J.P. (Candice) Stahl, Zeb (Courtney) Stahl, Jeff (Shelley) Schoenle, Leah (Matt Thomas) Schoenle, and Riley, Payton and Kirbyana Coons. He was a playful and adoring great-uncle to Lucy Stahl, Evan Schoenle, and Charlotte and Wyatt Stahl, and had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Chloe Grace Stahl. His cousin, Ning Sanderson (Mike), held a special place in Bob's heart and he often referred to her as his sister. Funeral Service is 11 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2019, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral home on Winchester Road, with calling one hour prior. Bob's family will also receive visitors from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the funeral home. Memorials in Bob's name may be made to Don Ayres Time Corners Little League, 6435 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne (IN 46804). www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com

  • DONATIONS

  • Don Ayers Times Corner Little League

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Final Resting Friday, January 4, 2019
REMEMBERING

Robert "Bob" D. Bollenbacher

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Patti Massucci

January 5, 2019

I'm sorry I wasn't able to express my condolences in person, but want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm glad I had a chance to get to know Bob, and work with him in therapy. His positive attitude and smile through his pain was an inspiration. May The Lord wrap His loving arms around you and bring you comfort in your many wonderful memories.

Norman Grams

January 4, 2019

I am Norm Grams Bob's bowling coach at key lanes. I am truly sorry for your loss. He and his smile, and his attitude will always be remembered by me. He is with God now and I am sure both are well pleased. It was a pleasure to know him. I am sorry to have missed his funeral service. May the peace of the lord be always with you. w.w.j.d.

Maureen Halstead

January 3, 2019

I worked with Bob at The Imaging Center for 13 yrs. I loved his jokes and dry humor and was the best hugger. You couldn’t help but smile and laugh whenever he was around.
He will be missed. Prayers to his family.

Jenny Patty

January 3, 2019

Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I am glad I got to reconnect with him back in 2013. Enjoyed the time our lives crossed paths. He always had a smile for me. Praying for the family.

Pam DeBolt

January 2, 2019

I worked with Bob back when he delivered to Duemling Clinic. Our office loved Bob and looked forward to his visits. He always was a ray of sunshine! Always thinking of others. He had the best hugs!! I just saw him this past summer and got one of those famous hugs!! What a wonderful man! He will be missed. Praying for your family.

Cheryl Wolfe

January 2, 2019

That smile, his jokes, his memory....he remembered everything about everyone!! He loved his two women...Shania Twain and Olivia Newton-John!!! Bob was an amazing man!! He will truly be missed by all of us that had the pleasure of knowing him. My prayers to Grace and the family🙏🏻

Beth Raber

January 2, 2019

Bobby was a friend from elementary through high school. He was one of the nicest guys I've known. Unfortunately after graduation I lost contact. I pray his family will be consoled by all that loved him.

Al Henkel

January 2, 2019

My wife and I have been friends with Bob for the past 40 years. I worked with Bob at the Imaging Center and went with him to many Green Bay Packer games at Lambeau field.
Bob was a joy to know and Karen and I will miss him.

God's Blessings to his family for he surely will be missed!

Chris Conner

January 2, 2019

I had the extreme pleasure of having worked with Bob at The Imaging Center. He was always cheerful and quick to offer some silly joke or pun. He was loved by all of us at that had the privilege of working with him. He was a kind and caring person and I will miss him. My thoughts and sincere condolences to his family.

Kendra Pinkerton

January 1, 2019

I worked with Bob for 10 years at The Imaging Center. Not a day went by that he didn’t come to work without a smile and a silly joke to tell. He was always full of hugs and had a memory like no other. He knew when everyone started at work. We would test him at times just to see if he’d remember and sure enough he would say July 2006, or May 2003 and was always spot on. He cared so much about other people he just knew! He always had a heart of gold and will be greatly missed by many. His love for his Packers and of course Shania was like no other 😍 My thoughts and prayers are with his family! May you Rest In Peace Bob. 🙏

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Biography

Robert D. “Bob” Bollenbacher passed away early Sunday morning, December 30th, 2018. Born in Fort Wayne on October 3, 1959, he left us much too soon and will be missed far more than can be expressed. Bob grew up in the Time Corners area, attended Anthony Wayne and Portage Junior High, and graduated from Elmhurst High School and ITT Technical Institute. He had a wonderful childhood growing up in a neighborhood where all the kids were free to ride bikes, catch bugs, and play hide and seek late into the evening under the watchful eyes of caring parents who all looked out for each other. He started as a bat boy at Time Corners Little League and played baseball through Senior League, usually coached by his father, the late Richard Bollenbacher. Bob was an employee of Lutheran Hospital having worked at The Imaging Center for 22 years. He appreciated every opportunity to meet and get to know a variety of people. Bob was a loyal and devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs and was a Komet Hockey season ticket holder for the past 26 years. He enjoyed several cruise ship vacations with friends and family, The Beatles and all things Mayberry. He will be remembered for his positive attitude, a big smile and his ability to respond to about any situation with a silly joke, creative play-on-words or a ridiculous pun. He made everyone feel special and important to him, because they were. Bob was a thoughtful son to his mother, Grace Bollenbacher and the very best brother to his sisters and their husbands; Nancy and Jon Schoenle, Janet and Dan Stahl, and Jill and Phil Coons. He was an extremely generous and extraordinary uncle to his nephews and nieces, J. P. and Candice Stahl, Zeb and Courtney Stahl, Jeff and Shelley Schoenle, Leah Schoenle and Matt Thomas, and Riley, Payton and Kirbyana Coons. He was a playful and adoring great-uncle to Lucy Stahl, Evan Schoenle, and Charlotte and Wyatt Stahl and had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Chloe Grace Stahl. His cousin, Ning Sanderson (Mike), held a special place in Bob’s heart and he often referred to her as his sister. Bob’s family will receive visitors at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral home on Winchester Road on Thursday, January 3rd from 2:00 until 8:00. Funeral Service will be at this location on Friday, January 4th, at 11:00 a.m. with calling one hour prior. Memorials in Bob’s name may be made to Don Ayres Time Corners Little League, 6435 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com