Robert “Bob” Warner VanDyne

SEBRING – Robert “Bob” Warner VanDyne, 86 of Atwater died at his home Friday with his family by his side.

He was born in Jacobsburg, OH on Feb. 6, 1927, the son of the late Samuel W. and Ella (Davis) VanDyne.

Mr. VanDyne was a graduate of Powhatan Point High School and attended Business College in Wooster. He was a United States Navy veteran serving as a fireman.

Bob served as a Cub Scout Leader and worked in the construction business, but loved to minister to people and enjoyed bringing them to the Lord, he also worked in Jail Ministry and Haven of Rest Ministries.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary L. (Dufford) VanDyne of Atwater, whom he married on July 3, 1959; four sons, Robin (Yolonda) Vandyne, Christopher (Talyana) VanDyne, both of Atwater; Robert (Tami) VanDyne of Kent and Kevin (Erriga) VanDyne of Atwater and five grandchildren. He is also survived by six siblings and four children from a previous marriage.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by an infant son, Franklin Eugene, and nine brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel Baptist 745 N. Freedom St. Ravenna with Dr. David W. Ballert officiating.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, an hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place in Atwater Cemetery. Arrangements are by Gednetz-Ruzek Funeral Home. Friends may send condolences and sign the guest register online at