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Rev. Robert William “Robbie” Schmelzer
Rev. Robert William “Robbie” SchmelzerCrossRev. Robert William “Robbie” Schmelzer, 96 of Richwood, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday afternoon, March 6, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at Marion General Hospital.

Robbie was born February 28, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Clifton Homer & Virginia Violet (Howison) Schmelzer. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Florine (Mathys) of 46 years and his second wife, Dorothy (Mounts) of 26 years; Brothers Ralph Eugene  Schmelzer, Donald Edward Schmelzer, and Homer Edsel Schmelzer, daughter-in-law, Sharon Schmelzer, & son-in-law Harold Blanton.

His education was through the 8th Grade in Richwood. However, in 1979 he received his GED. In the early sixties Robbie became an ordained minister after attending Circleville Bible College. In his later years he received his Doctorate in Ministerial Science.

A U. S. Navy veteran, Robbie served on the U.S.S. LCI 763 during World War II. Robbie was a hard worker, but if you were to ask him, he would say it’s not work when you love what you do. He owned and operated a milk delivery service as well as the movie theater in Prospect.  He also owned and operated Robbie’s Photography, and an auto body business. He was an EMT for Richwood EMS and Stofcheck Ambulance Service and a chaplain for the Richwood Police Department. He also was a machinist for the Ford Motor Co., and O.M. Scotts & Sons Co. from which he retired after 29 years.

Robbie became a pastor and served the CCCU denomination for over 50 years in Columbus, Bellefontaine, Raymond, Kenton, Carey, and Shiloh communities. He also organized camp meetings at the Burning Bush Camp in Marion County. He also did missionary work in Papua New Guinea and Dominica.

Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory are his children, Robert Michael Schmelzer of Richwood; Jo Neil Ann (Frank) Gibson of Richwood; step-daughter, Mary (Mueck) Fair of Marion; 3 grandchildren, Michael Allen (Rhonda) Schmelzer of Richwood; Kevin Eugene (Lovetta) Schmelzer of Marion; April Joanna (Jeff) Krawczyk of Richwood; step-grandchildren, Tami Hughes, Lorrie (Shane) Kohler, Amy Fish, Robert Fair Jr., Debra (Terry White) Spidel, Vickie (Bart) Vernon; 7 great grandchildren Ashley Schmelzer of Marion, Shaynna (David) Butcher of Richwood, Paul Schmelzer of Marion, Pamela Schmelzer of Marion, Jaron (Janna) Schmelzer of Zanesfield, Cody Yates of Richwood, Chelsey (Nate) Jones of Galion; 7 step great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandsons. 9 step great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 12, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor David Dean officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans. Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  Friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 5 PM at the funeral home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Church of Christ in Christian Union, 1709 Bellefontaine Ave. Marion, Ohio 43302.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Traci Hoffman
West Mansfield
Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 10:51 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers to the family.

#2 from: Rev. Dr. Randy Cheney
Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 2:28 AM

My deepest sympathies. May our Lord ease your pains and suffering. May God envelop you in His arms and shield you with His aura. May you savor nothing but cherished memories until you are reunited. Robbie is most certainly treading the streets of gold and relaxing in his well-earned mansion in the Kingdom of Heaven. He truly is enjoying the fruits of his labors.

#3 from: Pat Kyle Beatley
Russell's Point
Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 10:27 PM

Jo Neil and April.  I am so sorry for your loss.  Death is so very hard for those of us left behind.  He raised a nice family.

#4 from: Carolyn Henderson
Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 12:41 PM

Bob, deepest sympathy in the death of your Dad, He came into the Cardinal a lot, always a pleasant smile on his face.
I know he was received in Heaven with a " well done, my good and faithful son"

#5 from: Kate, Massage Therapist
Dublin, Ohio
Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 1:04 PM

I enjoyed getting to know Robert during his weekly massages.  He loved to talk about his family and always had a photo album ready to share.  I especially loved his Navy photos and we compared Okinawa from WWII to current day(having lived there in 2014.)  He will be missed.  

#6 from: Ralph Fox
Galion, Ohio
Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Rev. Schmelzer was a great help to me when he pastored the ARK church near Carey, Ohio. I remember him with great fondness when he helped me through a very difficult time in my life. God bless his family and rejoice in his very well deserved home going.
In the love of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Ralph Fox

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