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Robert L. Finke April 4, 1934 - January 8, 2021

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ROBERT L. “BOB” FINKE, age 86

of New Bremen, died on Friday, January 8, 2021, at 7:25 A.M. at the Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen, where he and Mary had been residing for the past few months. He was born on April 4, 1934, in St. Marys, the son of the late Ferd B. and Ona W. (Kawell) Finke. On June 4, 1955, he married Mary M. Holdren at St. Paul Church in New Bremen, and she survives at Elmwood. Also surviving are his daughters Shelly Finke, Lisa Thobe, and Staci (Gary) Jones all of New Bremen; his grandchildren Ben (Allison) Thobe, Lindsay Thobe, Taylor (Troy) Williams, Karli (Bennett) Staton and Paige Jones; and his great-grandchildren Tyson and Donovan Thobe and Miles Williams. Along with his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a son in-law Gregg Thobe and his siblings Paul Finke and Margaret Beverly.

Bob was a 1952 graduate of New Bremen High School and was a long-time member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen. He was a dedicated employee of the Minster Machine Company for 47 years, working in the woodshop as a pattern maker. His woodworking skills also carried over into his personal life. He always said he could make anything – as long as he had a pattern. He had a love of sports, especially baseball. He was proud of his years playing softball for the Bill’s Fleetwing team. He was a big time Cincinnati Reds fan as well as a New Bremen Cardinal fan attending countless sporting events over the years with Mary at his side and a bag of popcorn in hand. He was especially proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments at school. He enjoyed traveling with this family to many different cities and spending time with his card club and Saturday night club friends.

Memorial Services will be held at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen on Sunday, January 17, 2021, beginning at 3:00 P.M. The services will be live-streamed on the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home Facebook page, and also on the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home YouTube Channel. Calling Hours will be held prior to the services at the funeral home from 2:00 until 3:00 P.M. Inurnment will take place in the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen at a later date. Memorial Contributions in memory of Bob can be made to the New Bremen Athletic Boosters (901 E. Monroe Street, New Bremen, Ohio 45869). Condolences to the family can be left online at www.gilberghartwigfh.com

Memorial Services will be held at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen on Sunday, January 17, 2021, beginning at 3:00 P.M. The services will be live-streamed on the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home Facebook page, and also on the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home YouTube Channel. Calling Hours will be held prior to the services at the funeral home from 2:00 until 3:00 P.M. Inurnment will take place in the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen at a later date. Memorial Contributions in memory of Bob can be made to the New Bremen Athletic Boosters (901 E. Monroe Street, New Bremen, Ohio 45869).

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    Larry & Janice Smith says

    Our prayers and thoughts are with Bob’s family. He will certainly be missed! Please accept our deepest sympathy.

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    Lori Garman says

    My heart is with you all, during this time. May God hold each and everyone of you in his arms, during this difficult. What an awesome guy. He was well loved in the community and will be missed. Hugs to all of you

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    Roger and Cheryl Barlage says

    Finke Family- So sorry for your loss. Sending our sympathy 🙏

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    Kathy Gruebmeyer says

    Mary, Shelly, Lisa, Staci and family. Please accept my sympathy and prayers in the loss of a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. I always enjoyed his talks and humor. Rest In Peace, Bob.

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    Marcy Smith says

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. May your thoughts and memories give you joy and peace in the coming days! May he rest in Heaven!

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    Ray and JoAnne says

    So sorry for your loss. You loss must be lessened with the knowledge that Bob has transitioned to his heavenly home—now free from earth’s frailties. Ray and I always enjoyed seeing Bob and Mary at the volley ball games. After a good hand shake, a pat on the back and a smile, we would have a brief catch up. He was such a fine man. And the monthly trivia games at the American Legion, where his team always beat us. We will miss him. May your memories bring great joy.

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    Keith and Nancy Brooks says

    Mary, Shelly, Lisa, and Staci our prayers for the loss of Bob. He was a good friend in so many ways.

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    keith kuenning says

    Shelly, Lisa and Stacie, Tess, Kevin and I want to let you know how sorry we are to hear of Bob’s passing. He was one of the nicest men I have ever known. A true friend,huband, father and a great neighbor. All our love. Keith

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      Diane Fark Fisher says

      Mary, Shelly, Lisa, Stacy and families, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great friend to my Dad. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Jerry Maxson says

    I first met Bob in 1960 when I came to New Bremen as the boys basketball coach, and he became my scorekeeper. Sue and I became good friends of Bob and Mary, getting together on the weekends to play cards or go to countless New Bremen sport events. Bob probably holds the record of going to the most New Bremen basketball games.He claimed that the only ones he ever missed were when the game was on the same day that one of the girls was born. He was a great friend and will be missed.

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    Howard Fark says

    I have been friends with Bob ever since he moved to New Bremen when we were in junior high.
    We have played a lot of basketball a d baseball in all these years. Our friendship has grown even stronger in the last few years since my wife Sally’s death. Bob made a special effort to help me
    during this time . He will be missed .

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    Frank n Joanne Billerman says

    She’ll, Stacy, and Lisa and family Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You have No an he’s and my sympathy. We will keep you in our prayers as you negotiate this difficult time.

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    Connie Steinbrunner says

    The passing of our parent is always very sad. But he lived a long happy life and in these days of uncertainty, he is now at peace. My prayers goes out to the family that they stay safe and will also have a long wonderful life.

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    Dale Schaefer says

    My sympathy to the family

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    Alice Hartwig says

    Dear Finke family, When I called Bob on Christmas Eve to say Merry Christmas to him and Mary, I had no idea that it would be the last time I spoke to him. It had been my pleasure to speak to him periodically over the last several months. My sincere sympathy to you. May your memories of your dad keep him in your heart.

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    Brian Rowland says

    To the entire Finke family you have my deepest sympathy and my prayers. Bob was a good friend with always a kind word for everyone. He will be missed.

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    Janice Dorsten says

    Bob was a great guy. My thought are with you in this time of sorrow.

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    Harjeet Singh & Family says

    Stacy, Our Prayers and Thoughts are with Finke Family . Please accept our deepest sympathy.

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    Lois Hogenkamp says

    Shelly and Lisa. You have our sympathy. Did not know your parents but understand your father was a great guy. Jay and Lois.

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    Charlie Hoying says

    Bob was always there when I needed him. He was the hardest worker and the best friend I ever had.

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    Bill Schwieterman says

    Shelly, Lisa and Staci: My heartfelt condolences to all of you and your families. Your father was a kind, giving man- who always in my memory had a smile on his face; and was a gentleman. You are all so lucky to have had him as a father- and I hope all the memories you have of him carry you through these difficult days and always.

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    Jeff and Debbie Scheer says

    Sending our deepest sympathy! Bob and Mary have been great neighbors. Bob stopped over often to visit and was always so friendly. He will be missed. Sending a hug. Jeff and Debbie Scheer

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    Suzanne Maxson says

    Mary, Shelly, Lisa, Stacy and Family, Simply stated, Bob was one of my favorite people. I have so many childhood memories of fun times at “The Finkes.” When our families got together and Bob laughed, you could hear him from wherever you were and it was a great sound. When I found out some of my friends had God Fathers, and I didn’t have one and didn’t think that was fair, Bob offered to be mine. We understood there would be no gifts involved, but extra hugs were the best gifts anyway! Through the years, whenever I came home, my visit was even better if I got to see Bob at the Coffee Shop or one of the games. I just loved the guy. New Bremen won’t be the same without Bob Finke. Sending hugs and love to all of you.

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    Jean and Frank Kuenning says

    We are sorry for your loss. Really will miss having visits with him . He was a good friend and neighbor. Prayers for all of you at this time.

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