Mount Vernon – Robert R. Ferenbaugh, 87, formerly of Danville and Chillicothe, passed following an extended illness on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 with his family and staff by his side at Mt. Vernon Health and Rehabilitation.
He was born at home in Knox County on August 25, 1931 to Glenn D. and Ferol M. (Payne) Ferenbaugh. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army at a young age and was a decorated veteran, having served during the Korean War. He married Eileen Endsley, and later Beverly Barnhart. He was a lifelong member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. His life was lived with a passion for his work as a heavy equipment operator. He also loved spending time with family and friends conversing, or on the dance floor kicking up his heels to country music while square or round dancing.
Bob will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and will be forever remembered by his great grandchildren as “Grandpa Bob”, who always had a smile and a piece of candy to share.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his former wives, sisters, Rosalie Boyce, Marilla Thorpe, and Lucille Greer, and brothers, Clyde, Ed, and Rodney Ferenbaugh.
He is survived by his three daughters, Susan (Steve) Graham, Laurie (Carl) Wolfe Duchesne, and Amy Herzig, one son, Greg Ferenbaugh, three brothers, Glenn Jr. (Martha), Albert (Denise) and Gerald Ferenbaugh, four sisters, Twila Colopy, Kay Weyhmeller, Helen Grassbaugh, and Carol Grassbaugh, 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 22 at the Fischer Funeral Home, 403 High St. Danville. Dave Jones will officiate. Burial will follow in Workman Cemetery, with Military Honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. Family will greet friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Following the services, you are invited to join the family for a luncheon to Celebrate Bob’s life at the Millwood Church of Christ, 11961 Bridge St. Howard.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to all the staff at Mt. Vernon Health and Rehabilitation and Hospice of Central Ohio for their attentiveness and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Robert’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, at alz.org and 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or to Hospice of Central Ohio at hospiceofcentralohio.org and 2269 Cherry Valley Rd SE, Newark, OH 43055. Condolences can made at fischerfuneralhome.com.