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Robert Earl Keslar, Sr.

May 27, 1939 ~ January 13, 2021 (age 81)

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GARRETTSVILLE — Robert Earl Keslar Sr., 81, of Garrettsville, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2021, with his loving family by his side.

Robert was born May 27, 1939, in Acme, Pa., the son of John Lawrence and Birdie Lankey Keslar.

Robert began his career at Lenox Glass Factory in Acme, Pa., until moving to Windham in 1971 and then to Garrettsville in 1978. He then was employed at General Motors Lordstown in the car plant on the assembly line until his retirement.

He was a member of Leavittsburg Church of the Nazarene, Cowboys for Christ and the UAW Local 1112.

Robert had many passions throughout his life. He enjoyed being outdoors doing his favorite hobbies of hunting and fishing, along with gardening. He was a true family man and loved spending time with his family and socializing with his friends of the Amish community by being a driver for them.

Robert leaves behind to hold onto his memories his wife of over 63 years, the former Norma Jean Nelson; his six children, Robert Keslar Jr., Donald (Judy) Keslar, Dora (Jim) Wright, Barbara Gibson, Tammy (Matthew) Smidga and Tanya Setree; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and two brothers, Harry Keslar and Richard (Marjorie) Keslar; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Sierra Thornton; three brothers, David, John and Jim Keslar; son-in-law, Douglas Gibson; and half-sister, Lucy Princler.

Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, and from 10:30 until 10:55 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at Borowski Memorial Home, 30 Ridge Road, Newton Falls.

There will be a funeral service held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 at Borowski Memorial Home with Pastor Rick Swiger as officiant.

The family and funeral home will be practicing social distancing (6-feet tule) and proper health protocols. As mandated by the governor, please wear a mask or facial covering. If you are unable to attend, the family understands and acknowledges your thoughts and prayers as a tribute to Robert.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman.

Family and friends may visit to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Robert’s family.






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January 20, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bernard P. Borowski Memorial Home (Newton Falls)

January 21, 2021

10:30 AM to 10:55 AM
Borowski Memorial Home, Newton Falls, Ohio

Funeral Service
January 21, 2021

11:00 AM
Borowski Memorial Home, Newton Falls, Ohio

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