J. Robert “Bob” Mackey, 79, of Sherrodsville, died Monday, January 9, 2023 with his wife and children by his side, in Community Hospice Truman House at New Philadelphia, following a period of declining health.
A son of the late John C. and Mary (Turson) Mackey, Bob was born in Union Hospital at Dover on November 14, 1943 and graduated from New Philadelphia High School. He retired after 38 years from Timken Research in Canton where he worked as a Senior Process Equipment Analyst.
Bob had a lifelong interest in collecting automobiles and was known for his restorations of his 1936 Chevrolet Coupe, his 1937 Chevrolet Pick-Up and 1955 Chrysler. When he was not working on his cars, Bob could be found on the water. He enjoyed being on his pontoon boat riding around Atwood Lake with his family or after retiring, spending the winter months with his wife in Florida. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor and always had the ability to make everyone he met feel special with his patient, kind hearted presence.
On January 25, 1964, Bob married Linda P. (Simmons) Mackey and together they shared over 58 years of marriage. He was a devoted father to his four children, Scott (Maria) Mackey of East Sparta, Terry (Rahna) Mackey of Brunswick, Brenda (Shawn) Belknap of Bowerston and Mary (Bill) Lyon of Bowerston; 17 grandchildren, Tesla, Jake, Garrett and Nethan Mackey, Lindsay, Amanda and Antonio Carano, Tammi (Mike) Mackey-Shrum, Ted, Ciara, Phoenix and Breanna Mackey, Zach, Brynlynn and Brady Belknap and Madison and Sydney Lyon; Ten Great Grandchildren; he is also survived by a brother and a sister, David Mackey, of New Philadelphia and Patricia Touse, of Birmingham, Alabama.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Marilyn, and Peg and four brothers Richard, Chip, Mike, and Charles.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 4 to 7 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory of New Philadelphia and on Friday, January 13, 2023 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. A funeral service will begin Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home’s chapel with Charles Burrier officiating. Burial will be in Sherrodsville Memorial Gardens at Sherrodsville. A reception will be held in the Geib Family Center at New Philadelphia, following the committal service at the cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions, in Bob’s memory, be directed to Community Hospice-Truman House, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Bob by visiting the funeral home’s website at www.GeibCares.com