Robert Leo Schlotterbeck

August 12, 1925November 20, 2020

Robert Leo Schlotterbeck August 12, 1925 – November 20, 2020

Robert Leo Schlotterbeck passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, in Brookville, Ohio at age 95. Noted for his compassion, a genuine interest in people he met, and his intellectual curiosity; Bob was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Robert was born and raised in Lewisburg, Ohio, the second of four children of the late Seth and Alice (Heck) Schlotterbeck. Like so many of his generation, Bob proudly served in World War II, joining the US Army Air Corps at age 18. He flew 53 missions in the nose of a B-26 bomber in the air over Europe and was later awarded the French Legion of Honor to recognize his military service. Upon return to the U.S., Bob attended the University of Cincinnati and later married Norma Piatt. They had four children. Bob held jobs in the Lewisburg/Dayton area before joining Lewisburg Container Company, working there 27 years until retirement. In 1976, Bob married Allegra “Lee” Walters Mitchell and moved to Darke County, Ohio, where they made their home for over 40 years. Bob was a skilled carpenter and cook, a talented worker in stained glass, and an avid reader. He was also a devoted correspondent, writing letters (later emails) treasured by those who received them.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lee: his brother Earl Schlotterbeck and sister Dorothy Motsinger. Bob is survived by his children: Stuart Schlotterbeck (Sarah Karlsberger) of Grove City; Mark Schlotterbeck (Becky Atkins) of Harpswell, Maine; Seth Coates-Schlotterbeck (Bob) of Fairborn; and Christel (Dick) Brooks of New Madison: as well as stepchildren Tanya (Eric) Brand and Matt (Lana) Mitchell and their families. Bob is also survived by his sister Ruth Fisher of Clearfield, Utah and seven grandchildren: Claire (Rob); Sylvia; Hannah (Sebas); Anemone; Esther; and Laura Alice: along with four great-grandchildren: Ash; Leo; Rafa and Eva: and many loving nephews, nieces and friends. Robert leaves behind a great legacy of love and the pain of his loss.

Robert’s family wishes to express immense appreciation to the staff of Brookhaven Nursing & Rehabilitation. The care they gave to Bob went above professionalism to include love and friendship. They, too, are touched by his loss.

Services will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Lewisburg. Arrangements entrusted to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. Please check back for updates on the service at



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John Person

November 26, 2020

When we first moved to Greenville, Bob and Lee rented their home on Park to us back in 1996. They were wonderful landlords and friends to us. May Bob's family realize the comfort and peace of the Lord at this time.

Michel Mercier

November 25, 2020

nous garderons un merveilleux souvenir de ton passage dans notre musée de warluis (près de Beauvais ,oise) .Nous avions passé une journée au milieux de tes souvenirs de jeunesse,pour nous un moment émouvant.Je garde encore le souvenir de tes yeux embués de larmes a la vue de la photo du B26 prise à Beauvais.....
Adieu Bob , merci de ton courage d' être venu nous libérer de cette funeste guerre.
Nos pensées vont également à toute ta famille à qui nous adressons nos sincères condoleances


November 23, 2020

From AGIP (GUIPAVAS patrimony and history association)
went in France on the first week of May 2013, especially in Brest area (extreme west of Europe)

Crossing the town of Guipavas, he met Jean MORVAN. A farmer who saved two other members of the B26 bomber's crew from the nazis. Bob Chapman (radio) et Loyal Henderson (gunner) made a parachute jump from the plane they thought lost on august 9th 1944, after operations through anti-aircraft defense.
For each of the two veterans, no fail of memory. !

Then we had dinner afer a day that "should have been exhausting
for him", according to his daughter. Not at all : he was so energized with the places and the people he met !


November 23, 2020

I want to explain my sincere condolences, to the entire family of BOB, I'll never forget the explanation of BOB, when he talked to us the story of the mission on BREST, and what happened in the B-26 marauder "PISTOL PACKIN'MAMA". he was impressed about the researchs of GILDAS. That was for him an amazing time here in BRITTANY. I'll never forget his symplicity, when he talked with me , RIP MY FRIEND , and MANY THANKS for your sacrifices to helped us during WW2, to recovered a precious word call LIBERTY.

Beth Smith

November 23, 2020

My mother recently was admitted to Brookhaven for health issues and found Robert her cousin there too. This gave her comfort. Many prayers for his family. She wanted to let them know this. Mary Eldred granddaughter to Mary L Bierly (Schlotterbeck).

ABILY Family france

November 23, 2020

We are proud to have met Bob in Brittany (France). In memory of a period of solidarity and great values sharing. We have met Bob thanks to Gildas Saouzanet, so we want to thank him for that too. Sincerest condolences, a special thouht for his daughter and son-in-law who we also met.
Abily Family, from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean

Gildas Saouzanet

November 23, 2020

Bob, you've been one of the best friends I ever had. If we only met a few days, we shared so many things, both always willing to help the other.
It was a privilege to have you at home one day during your trip to France, "sortie 54" as you called it, after your 17 war sorties from England, 35 from France (Beauvais) and one from Belgium.

Sortie 55 will now be your last flight, a flight without any landing. Fly for ever. Thanks for your kindness.
Many people will miss you, mon ami.

Brenda Motter

November 22, 2020

So many memories of Bob as my mom’s beloved cousin since childhood, my brother’s friend at Lewisburg Container, & my dad’s buddy through the years. We’ve so enjoyed our visits with Bob these past few years, & until COVID Bob & Dad enjoyed almost daily visits at Brookhaven. He will be missed! Love to Chris, Seth, Mark, Stu, & the rest of the family.
Brenda (Emrick) & Jerry Motter

Kathy Perry

November 22, 2020

Seth, so sorry for your loss. I will never forget when I started at the container Bob took me under his wing, and I will always love him for that. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. He has and always will have a special place in my heart.


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