Before he got sick, when the cancer started to eat away at his liver, Robert
Utter Sr. was still the social type.
In his mid-70s and still a strapping 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, he remained active and even had a part-time job in a warehouse.
Utter's son, Bob Jr., 54, and daughter, Vickie Honner, 51, remained very close with their father until he passed away at his home on Dec. 19.
"We found out in mid-October he had liver cancer," recalled Bob Jr., who has been Waite High School's athletic director for 17 years. "The preliminary report was it was just like a spot on the liver. We did a lot of research on it and they called it 'primary' at the time, meaning it was just there in the liver.
"We went to several doctors around here and then we went to the Cleveland Clinic, which has a couple of procedures that can't be done around here. Some of his blood work wasn't where it needed to be."
Two months after he was diagnosed, Bob Utter Sr., who lived less than two blocks from Vickie's house in Perrysburg, died at age 75.
Lord knows he lived a full life. Vickie and her brother are living proof.
"There is a plethora of things I remember about my dad," said Vickie, an office manager at an independent senior living facility in Perrysburg. "Most importantly for me was how he taught me to be an individual. My father allowed me to be and do what I wanted to do in life, to become a daughter that made him proud and to be the lady I am today.