Robert "Stretch" L. Elwood Sr.

January 10, 1933February 11, 2021

Elwood, Robert "Stretch" L. Sr., age 88, of Middletown, Ohio passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Robert was born January 10, 1933 in Export, Pennsylvania. In 1951, he graduated from Washington Township High School, where he lettered in three sports. Later he attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, and lettered in both basketball and baseball.

In 1966 he relocated with his family to Middletown, Ohio and took a position with Kaiser Engineers working on "Project 600" at the Armco Steel Plant. Later he worked for the Muth Brothers and the McGraw Construction Company as a civil/structural engineer and supervisor, and also as a superintendent for their blast furnace division. Bob retired in 1992 from Local #290 Ironworkers Union, Dayton, OH.

Bob coached Knothole Baseball and Pee-Wee Football in Middletown from the late 1960's into the early 1980's. He served a baseball Commissioner at Smith Park and was also president of the Pee-Wee Football organization in 1976.

He served in the Army during the Korean conflict and was a past member of Lincoln Lodge #693, a member of V.F.W. Post #3809, American Legion Post #218, and the Loyal Order of the Moose #501.

After retiring, Mr. Elwood became an avid golfer. He worked for several years at Shaker Run Golf Course and for many years played in numerous golf leagues at Armco Park Golf Course.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith (Jones) Elwood; parents, Harrold and Dorothy (Walker) Elwood of Export, PA; and by sisters, Jean O'Brien of Greensburg, PA and Jane Lynch of Ft. Pierce, FL. He is survived by two sons, Lee (Debbie) Elwood of Kettering and Larry Elwood of Miamisburg, and one grandson, Kyle Elwood of Miamisburg.

Visitation will be held 10-11 am, Friday, February 19, 2021 at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 S. Sutphin St., Middletown, OH 45044. Funeral service will follow at 11 am with Pastor Adam Profitt officiating. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob's name may be made to City of Middletown, ATTN: Public Works, One Donham Plaza, Middletown, OH 45042 for support of Rathman Ballfield at Smith Park, Diamond #8.

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Robert "Stretch" L. Elwood Sr.

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Linda Owens

February 19, 2021

I will always remember "Stretch" as a very kind, generous and welcoming friend and family member. He was always there to help everyone and be a friend to all. He never knew a stranger. I met him when I was 22, when Judy, (my cousin), was dating him. He started calling me "kid", then, and continued calling me "kid" until the last time I saw him. We all had so many good times together. And, he always cooked the best meals. I will never forget his kindness, his sense of humor, his hospitality and his friendship. He was a blessing to everyone who knew him. We will miss him.

paula lynch

February 15, 2021

im so sorry larry and lee, from the time i entered this family he was the sweetist man always kind never had a bad word to say to anyone. i loved him very much always waited for my baked goods on holidays, he set a great example for his sons to follow he had very big shoes to fill you will forever be missed god has another angel to embrace love paula

James Daugherty

February 15, 2021

Uncle Bob was a kind man. In my childhood days being riddled with adversion, insensitivity, and contemption, I remember him, always and distinctly, for his kindness and sensitivity that emulated from him. Although we didn't talk much through my adulthood, I look back upon my memories and find the value of kindness to be refreshing and distinct in a world that has little of it.

Eric Howard

February 14, 2021

Our condolences from the Howard family Larry, Your dad was good to all of us in the neighborhood and at the park.
Good Man
Eric Howard

Richard Lynch

February 14, 2021

I was a privilege to be the ring bearer when Uncle Bob married Aunt Mary Lee at the Pine Run Road church in Washington Township. I also remember the '57 Chevy Belair he drove. He kept it immaculate. Aunt Mary Lee would slip me a candy bar occasionally. She was my favorite aunt at that time.
Whenever they moved to Ohio I was sad, but they did come back to Grandma Elwood's on 3 or 4 occasions like holidays. Uncle Bob never got angry or raised his voice that I can recall.
He was easy to talk to, and never talked down to me.
I already miss him and know we all will be reunited in the sweet bye and bye.
Love Richard.

Rob & Diane Lorton

February 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of Stretch's passing. Thoughts, prayers, good vibes and good memories for you and your family during this difficult time. His passion and good heart clearly lives on with the outstanding character of the Elwood men that we know and love.
Strength and Peace to everyone!
Rob & Diane