Robert Eugene Baumlein

Robert Eugene Baumlein, 73, went home to be with his Lord at 9:11 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Bridge Hospice Care Center after battling cryptococcal meningitis for four weeks.

He was born Sept. 16, 1939, in Findlay, to Charles and Ethel Baumlein. He married the former Darlene Latta from McComb May 14, 1960, and she survives. They were soon to celebrate 53 years of marriage.

He is also loved and survived by two daughters and one son, Anne (David) Cole of Findlay, Linette (Dan) Kemner of Pemberville and Alan (Tina) Baumlein of Mason; six of his greatest joys, his grandchildren, McKenna Cole of Findlay, Clayton, Lane and Madeline Kemner of Pemberville and Nikolaus and Rebekah Baumlein of Mason; his “adopted daughter,” Devra Hall of Toledo; and two sisters, Bernadine Miller and Pauline Smith, both of Findlay.

He was pre-deceased by his parents; four brothers, Warren, Richard, Alfred and John; and one sister, Marquerite Rarey.

Robert was a member of Stonebridge Church of God, Findlay. He loved his Lord and lived his faith every day. He was a 1957 graduate of Findlay High School and worked at Collingwood Motors, Findlay, after high school. In 1962, he started working for Pepsi Cola Bottling Company and was eventually the plant manager there. “The Pepsi Man” retired after 43 years of dedicated service.

Robert was an avid golfer prior to and after retirement. He also enjoyed visiting rest homes and hospitals, hoping to bring a “ray of sunshine” to someone. At one time, he also was a hospice volunteer.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, and noon-8 p.m. Sunday at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay.

His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Stonebridge Church of God, where visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Presiding will be Pastor Howard Mayne, formerly of McComb UMC, and Pastor Alan Baumlein.

Memorials in Robert’s name can be made to Bridge Hospice Care Center, 1900 S. Main St., Findlay, OH 45840 and/or to Cancer Patient Services, 1800 N. Blanchard St., Findlay, OH 45840.

Online condolences may be made via