Robert J. Roecker

Robert J. Roecker, 88, of Genoa, Ohio, passed away at Mercy-St. Charles Hospital on Monday, March 1, 2021 after a lingering illness.  He was born in Genoa on November 1, 1932, the son of John F. and Ida M. (Westerhaus) Roecker.  He grew up in Genoa and married Betty Lou Shiffert on April 19, 1952 in Elmore, Ohio.  Betty preceded him in death on February 15, 2008.
Bob was a truck driver retiring from the Waldo Associates Company.  He had also worked as a truck driver and dispatcher for the Wabash/LaGrange Steel Co. and the Depenthal Trucking Co. In his early years he picked up milk from local dairy farms and transported it to the Drigg’s Dairy in Orville, Ohio.  Bob also sold life insurance. 
Bob enjoyed sports and in high school played basketball and football and was captain of both sports.  He was a fan of Cleveland Indians baseball and The Ohio State University football.
Bob is survived by his sons, Dr. Lee (Joanne) Roecker and Robert (Theresa) Roecker; daughter, Sue (Randy) Allard; grandchildren, Jacob, Zachary, Sam (Lara Henderson), Derek and Kristy.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Lou; infant granddaughter, Sarah Roecker; brothers, Wilson, Milton and Virgil Roecker; and sisters, Velma Brown, Viola Wengert, Verna Stevens and VonDale Hurdelbrink.
Visitation for Bob will be from 9-11 AM, Friday, March 5, 2021 in the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 501 West St., Genoa.  A funeral service will begin at 11 am, immediately following the visitation.  Masks and social distancing will be required at all times.  Interment will follow in the Clay Township Cemetery, Genoa.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to Solomon Lutheran Church and School, 305 W. Main Street, Woodville, Ohio 43469 or Ottawa County Senior Resources, 8180 St. Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449.  Online condolences may be shared at


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