OBITUARY

Robert James Kondas Jr.

January 19, 1954June 22, 2019
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Robert James Kondas, Jr. 65 of Lima passed away 2:45 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2019, at his residence. Bobby was born January 19, 1954 in Painesville, OH to Robert and Catherine (Kessler) Kondas, with Robert, Sr. surviving. On April 4, 1990 he married Cynthia Rea and she survives.

He is survived by his children: Cassandra (Greg), and their children: Damon Bailey, Annaliese, and Dominic; Claire, and her children: Cody and Taylor; Robert J Kondas III (DeeDee), and their children: Amber, Byran, and Robert J Kondas IV; Noah (Renee), and their children: Gracie, Carleigh, Mackenzie, Brayden, and Lyla; and Isaiah. He is also survived by his siblings: Cindy (Bob) Foreman, David (Sharmaine) Kondas, Mary Beth Daves, Susan (Rick) Auer, and many special nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother & father-in-law: William and Patricia Rea.

He retired from Shell, where he was the senior Transportation Analyst. He the former owner of Valvoline Instant Oil Change. His favorite job was at the Honda Center in Defiance. He was an avid golfer having made 5 holes-in-one during his lifetime. He loved the Cleveland Browns, Notre Dame Irish, and the Cleveland Indians.

A Celebration of his life will be held at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 4 p.m. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Rita’s Hospice.

Online condolences can be left at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 29, 2019

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Jerry Brown

June 27, 2019

When I first came to the garage, Bob made me feel welcome and made me feel like I was doing a good job. I worked with Bob at Shell Oil Deer Park for about 20 years. I have a lot of good memories and enjoyed being around him. He always seem to make the day a better time when he was around. He had a way of teaching without making it fill like you were learning. He always seemed to have a smile on his face and I believe he touched a lot of lives. Bob was a good person and he will be missed.

Jim and Jane Rea

June 25, 2019

Dear Cindi and family, we send our sincere sympathy in your loss. Have good memories of our happy visit with you in Texas long ago. Peace and blessings on you now and in the future.

Jerry Davis

June 25, 2019

Good man.. I had a lot of respect for Bob and love to give him a bad time. I got just as much back from him.. RIP my friend.

Barbara Quatman

June 25, 2019

Cindi,
I am so sorry for your loss. I know my husband, Jon, always appreciated you and Bob. He spoke so highly of you, I know you were both great people!
My thoughts and sympathy go out to you at this sad and difficult time.
Barb Quatman

Charlie Holmes

June 25, 2019

Bob was a wonderful guy. A great friend and co worker. Worked at Shell Oil for years with him and was blessed to have Been. Bob was one of those folks that always offered to help when needed We had many a good laugh at work with our other friends. He was a friend to many. A good man. Prayers for the family. Our good memories are ours to keep forever and pass on to others. You’ll see Bobs face in his children and Grandkids for generations to come. Great job you did Bob.


Dorothy (Patterson) McDermott

June 24, 2019

I never had the privilege of meeting this fine man in person but have learned thru wonderful pictures on social media of his great love of family and friends.

My condolences and prayers of love to my cousin Cindi and the whole family. Let the strength of that family bond and love bind you together during this sad time sharing the memories of laughter and love that is the treasure of family.

Hugs,
Dottie (Celda Patterson) McDermott

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Biography

Robert James Kondas Jr. was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Bobby will be remembered as a man whom his family and friends could always count on.

       He was the son of Robert (Bob) and Kathy (Kessler) Kondas. Bobby moved a lot as a child due to his father's job. He lived many places in Ohio, as well as in Houston Texas. His favorite town was Doylestown Ohio.

      Bobby had 3 sisters, Cindy, Betsy and Sue. He had one brother, David.

      As a young boy, Bobby had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Bobby was an active child. He was a cub scout. Bobby played sports, slot cars, and when he got older he loved racing motorcycles. Bobby's memorable achievements included finding a $20 bill at a fair, and turning it in. He got his picture and a story in the newspaper. However, to Bobby, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his brothe David and friends.

      Bobby attended Sharpstown High School, Houston Texas, and graduated from Defiance High School, Defiance Ohio in 1972. His favorite class in high school was Lunch. His DECA class worked on a business plan and actually got the first McDonald's location to open a restaurant in Defiance.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those he knew, Bobby enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. His very best friend Brad Webb passed away in 2018. His son, Brennon (Bubba) remains a dear friend. Among his friends were golf buddies: Mike Kennedy, Paul Masters, Tom Mulcahy, Ballard Smith, Dave Irwin, Mark Fannin, Danny Jones, Billy Lumpkin,.

       Bobby worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. It was only after his children were adults that he began golfing on a regular basis. Bobby was blessed with Two daughters, Cassandra Beth and Claire Elaine. Three sons, Robert James III, Noah Jefferey, and Isaiah Nathaniel. Another blessing for Robert was the gift of 14 grandchildren, Damon, Bailey, Annaliese, Dominic, Cody, Taylor, Byran, Amber, Robert IV, Gracie, Carliegh, Mackenzie, Brayden, Lyla.

Bobby was devoted to his wife and children. Family activities were much more important to him than pursuing interests outside family life. He helped coach baseball, softball and football teams, helped with History Fair projects, he even danced with the La Porte High School Chatos during a half-time show. There was no end to what he would do for his children. As a Grandfather, he formed special bonds with each of his grandchildren based on their interests. He took some to golf with him, he encouraged an interest in music with one, and art with another, and for those that were just needing some love and attention, he handled that easily as well.

      Fortunately, Bobby enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Robert worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. Bobby began working while in High School at The Honda Center in Defiance Ohio, assembling and repairing motorcycles. He moved to Texas and worked at Pasadena Foreign Car, then went to work as a Mechanic at Shell Deer Park. Bobby was promoted and actually managed the entire Garage Facility at Shell, then was promoted again to Transportation Analyst. He took early retirement in 1999, and moved to Lima Ohio, where he and Cindi became the owners of Valvoline Instant Oil Change. "The Shop" employed all their children at one time or another, and the entire crew there became extended family. He retired again in 2008. Bobby always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

In 2015, when they sold their Valvoline Franchise store, Cindi retired. At that time Bobby bought a 1969 Chevy Nova Pro-Street. They spent many weekends showing "Lucy" at local Car Shows.
     
Bobby was a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, The Cleveland Browns, and the Cleveland Indians.

       Bobby spent most of his vacations traveling to Indiana and Ohio to visit family. In 1995 He and Cindi went to Spain, and enjoyed the culture and lifestyle there. They also enjoyed the trips they made to Las Vegas. Special family time was spend at Lake Jacksonville where the family stayed in a friends cabin.

           
      Bobby passed away on June 22, 2019 at At home in Elida Ohio. He had been diagnosed with ALS on July 29, 2018. His wife Cindi was a devoted Caregiver throughout his battle. He is survived by his wife Cindi and his children, their partners in life, as well as his grandchildren. Services were held at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home.

      Simply stated, Bobby was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Bobby leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Robert James Kondas Jr.