Robert N. Lawrence, 67, a resident of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side Saturday, September 8, 2012 in the Community Hospice House in New Philadelphia.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona on September 3, 1945, he was the son of the late Samuel Earl and Mary Frances (Jenkins) Lawrence.
After completing his high school education, Robert married his loving wife and dearest friend, the former Rebecca J. Smith on March 28, 1965 in New Philadelphia. Their life together was blessed with three children, Robin, Ryan, and Randall and six grandchildren.
Together, their faith was nurtured at Community of Christ Church in New Philadelphia, where Robert was a former pastor, served as an elder, and participated as an active vocalist.
Professionally, Robert served as a truck driver for Maverick Transport for 11 years in Little Rock, Arkansas. He completed 1 million safe miles during his career.
For enjoyment, Robert loved to be on the golf course. He was especially proud of his hole-in-one on a par 4 at the old Sugar Creek Golf Course on his 45th birthday. While vacationing, he enjoyed walking the beaches of the Florida shores and collecting sea shells of all shapes and colors.
Robert will be deeply missed by his wife, Rebecca; his children, Robin A. (Scott) Immel of Dover, LTC Ryan C. (Lorie) Lawrence of Alexandria, VA, and Randall Q. (Peggy) Lawrence of Independence, MO; his brother, David (Dianna) Lawrence of New Philadelphia; his father and mother-in-law, Robert D. and Jean Smith; his grandchildren, Kaitlin, Jessica, and Cameron Lawrence, all of Alexandria, VA, and Miranda, Mackenzie, and Tanner Immel, all of Dover and his beloved pets, Bandit and Pansy.
Other survivors include three nieces, two nephews and their families as well as two great-nieces, with whom he was especially close.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September, 12, 2012 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM in the Linn-Hert Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. Elder Patricia Spears and Priest Dale Gowins will lead a service celebrating Robert’s life in the funeral home’s chapel on Thursday, September 13, 2012 beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia.
All are invited to the Geib Family Center, located adjacent to the funeral home, where a reception will take place following the committal service.
Those wishing to do so may send the family personal condolences or light a candle in Robert’s memory by visiting his permanent memorial located on the funeral home’s website.
Memorial contributions in Robert’s memory may be directed to Community Hospice House, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or to Outreach International, 129 W Lexington, Independence, MO, 64050.