Robert Francis Ehrler, 88, of Viera, Florida, passed away on Monday, 17 March 2014.
Bob was born on Wednesday, 2 September 1925, in Lancaster, Ohio to the late Frank Lawrence Ehrler and Geneva M. (Sewell).
Bob graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Lancaster, Ohio in 1943.
With WWII ongoing, Bob joined the Army Air Corps, completing extensive pilot’s training in Texas from 1944-45.
He ultimately qualified as a North American B-25 Mitchell pilot.
After serving in the Armed Forces, Bob returned to his home town of Lancaster, Ohio, where he started work with the Diamond Power Company (a subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox) as a product designer and met his future bride, Jeanne Marie Bevinger, a registered nurse.
On 21 June 1951, Bob and Jeanne were married at St. Mary’s Church, Lancaster, Ohio.
In 1954, Bob completed the Mechanical Engineering curriculum at the International Correspondence School. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Park College in 1976, and completed course work for a Masters of Business Administration degree. Beyond formal college, and while working and raising a growing family, Bob completed many correspondence course, qualifying in such diverse fields as income tax preparation, electronics, mechanical engineering, air conditioning, and television repair.
His home workshop was always in action, seeing many broken appliances and toys repaired, science fair & school projects built, and the first (a built from scratch B-25 Mitchell) of many model airplanes built.
Bob worked for many years at Diamond Power in Lancaster, but moved to Babcock & Wilcox in Chicago in the late-1970’s.
During this time, Bob was an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was recognized for his services as a member of the ASME’s Fuels Division Executive Committee from 1978-1983 and as Chairman from 1982-1983. Bob ultimately moved on to a position in Lexington Kentucky, where he eventually retired.
Bob and Jeanne moved to Melbourne Florida in 1997, where they have lived for the last 17 years.
Bob and Jeanne could regularly be found at the bowling alley or out golfing.
Bob continued to build model planes, then boats, of more and amazing detail. He always enjoyed playing the piano, something he had formal lessons on early in life but continued to enjoy and learn his whole life.
Robert is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanne Marie (Bevinger) Ehrler, daughter of the late Arthur James Bevinger and the Vera June (Davis).; seven children: Rebecca Lynn, Steven Michael and his wife Jan Murphy, Timothy James and wife Karen Sue (Stader), Gregory Allen, Katherine Ann and husband Dennis Lewis, Susan Janine and husband Kurt Grubisic, and Jennifer Marie; and eight grandchildren.
Robert Francis was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Ester of Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, USA.