OTTAWA - Robert E. "Bob" Agner, 94 years old, died peacefully in his home on Jan. 1, 2014, at 3:53 p.m., surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Oct. 12, 1919 in Ottawa to the late Dale and Mildred (Pierman) Agner. On Dec. 16, 1949, Bob married Mildred Hermiller and they celebrated 64 years of marriage this year.
Bob is also survived by 8 children: John (Pat) Agner of Ottawa, Jeanne (Wayne Macdonald) Agner of Vermont, Jim Agner of Beaverdam, Amy (Mark) Nienberg of Ottawa, Laurie Agner and Tim Mershman of Ottawa, Anita (Jon) Loman of Ottawa, Scott Agner of Wickliffe, and Peggy (Kevin) Cantrell of Ottawa; 12 grandchildren: Bryce Agner, Murray Agner, Curtis Agner, Kristen Macdonald, Erik Agner, April Nienberg, Adam Nienberg, Jamie Loman Verhoff, Lindsey Loman Keller, Kelsey Cantrell, Tyler Cantrell, Trevor Cantrell; and 7 great-grandchildren: Jameson Agner, Morgan Nienberg, Elena Verhoff, Owen Verhoff, Quinn Verhoff, Lily Loman- Antoine and William Keller.
He was preceded in death by his brother: Charles Agner, a sister: Ruth Droll and grandson: Benjamin Loman.
Before the war, Bob owned and operated a High Speed gas station in Columbus Grove, Ohio. After the war, he owned and operated Agner Auto Sales in Ottawa. Bob served as a Deputy Registrar of Motor Vehicles. He was on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and was a City Councilman for the Village of Ottawa. Bob served as the Ottawa Postmaster for over 17 years. He was also an Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors for the Buckeye Sugar Company and Dextra Corporation. He was WW II U.S. Navy veteran. He was also a member of Ottawa Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio Lodge #325, the Ottawa American Legion Post 63 and the Ottawa VFW. Bob was a racehorse owner, trainer, driver and breeder. His garage walls are lined with pictures of his horses in the winners circle and trophies earned by his dozens of winning horses. His horse, Maximilian, set a world record in 1954, which was unbroken for 14 years. Bob served over 50 years as a presiding judge licensed by the US Trotting Association. He served at many racetracks throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Florida.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa, with Rev. Lynda Lockwood officiating. Burial will follow in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa, with military graveside rites by Ottawa American Legion and VFW . Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and one hour prior to service on Sunday at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic service at 6:30 p.m. and a VFW service at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donors choice.
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