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Robert Martin "Bob" Dombeck

July 20, 1929 - September 17, 2022
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Robert Martin “Bob” Dombeck, 93, of Dover and formerly of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully at The Inn at Northwood Village in Dover on September 17, 2022 following a period of declining health.

Born July 20, 1929, he was the son of the late Robert John and Genevieve (Martin) Dombeck. After graduating fro…

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Robert Martin “Bob” Dombeck, 93, of Dover and formerly of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully at The Inn at Northwood Village in Dover on September 17, 2022 following a period of declining health.

Born July 20, 1929, he was the son of the late Robert John and Genevieve (Martin) Dombeck. After graduating from Ellwood City High School in 1947, he continued his formal education at Penn State University where he was a member of the Big Blue Band.

Bob honorably served his country in the United States Navy from 1948 to 1952, where he was a member of the Navy dance band.

Bob married his late wife of 41 years, the former Theresa Helen Grzelka, on March 2, 1957 in Holy Trinity Church in Beaver Falls, PA. Bob’s professional career spanned 33 years at Gradall, where he retired as the manager of facilities. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge #510, the New Philadelphia VFW Post #1445, and the American Legion.

When his son, Dave, was in the New Philadelphia Band, Bob served as Band Parent president when Cheryl Graham began her directing career there. His passion for music spanned his lifetime playing the bass and trombone in area bands including Recollections, Dominic Greco Band, and the Lou Woods Orchestra. He was a true “Gigging Musician”, and shared that love of music with his sons, Jim and Dave.

He is survived by his sons, David A. Dombeck of New Philadelphia, Richard A. Dombeck of Elgin, SC, and James R. (Melissa) Dombeck of Bolivar; his companion, Patricia Brink of Dover; and his sisters, Nina Dolick of Mt. Vernon, Mary Ann (Rich) Horner of Lady Lake, Florida, and Jayne (Charles) Cook of Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, James Dombeck.

Visitation will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Christian Wake Service beginning at 6:45 p.m.  Father Jeff Coning will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, September 21 beginning at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church with visitation in the church one hour prior. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery at New Philadelphia.

Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be directed to Sacred Heart Church, 139 3rd NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.



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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

A Christian Wake Service will begin at 6:45 pm.

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time: 11:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


139 3rd Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm

Calvary Cemetery - New Philadelphia


Delaware Drive, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church

139 3rd St NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: July 20, 1929
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Jim Cahill posted on 9/22/22

I worked with Bob at Gradall between 1982 and 2002; I always found Bob to be a dedicated employee who gave the best he had to the success of the company. Bob was an integral part of the amazing growth over four years of Gradall from a $50 million Excavator business to a $200 million manufacturer of Construction and Industrial Machinery. I worked closely with Bob on a couple of Gradall Open Houses and learned to appreciate more about his life away from work-he was a great family man and he made his church and community better with his musical talents!


Edward Berichon posted on 9/21/22

Jim, Rick, Dave and families, My deepest sympathies to all on the passing of Bob. He was a great friend, golf buddy and fun to drink beer with! Of course, he called me Bob half the time and then would always laugh and recover with Ed. I enjoyed the 30+ years we golfed together and all the times we would get together - Christmas at our house, the golf course and the Elks. I keep hearing his voice every day now! All my prayers to everyone! I truly loved your Dad. Eddie Berichon


John Tarulli posted on 9/21/22

My deepest condolences to the Dombeck family. Bob was a co-worker and friend to my dad. I enjoyed speaking with Bob at the Elks when he ate lunch there almost daily. Such a nice gentle man. RIP Bob.


Karen Stewart posted on 9/21/22

I was saddened to learn that your father has passed. I was just visiting with Dad a few weeks ago and asked if he had heard from Bob or any of the kids. I then proceeded to try to find you guys on the Internet to ask after your father. Dad then was reminiscing about the days when they played their instruments and their younger days together. It had been many years since I had seen him. It was always so special when your parents came to visit on Christmas. And many memories we have of visiting you all in New Philadelphia over the years. I consider myself lucky to have had your parents as my godparents. Dave, Rick, and Jimmy, you all have my very deepest sympathies and may the choirs of angels speed his way to heaven and RIP. Love, Karen and John Leopardo


randy gonter posted on 9/20/22

To the entire Dombeck family, I am very sorry for your loss. I have great memories of playing golf with Bob and also working with him at the golf course. Bob was a great guy and always fun to be around, he will be missed.


Julie Testa posted on 9/20/22

There are no words for the legacy Uncle Bob has left on our family. When we would visit Nana and Pap I would be so excited to hear that Uncle Bob was coming because that meant there was going to be another great jam session that we always looked forward to. So many great memories I look back on so fondly! We also laughed so much! I'm sorry for your loss. He will continue to live on in our hearts. Love you Uncle Bob!


Kim (Grzelka) Orcutt posted on 9/20/22

Dave, Rick & Jim… So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I will always remember his laugh and smile. He was fun to be around-personality plus! He was actually my Godfather, and I wish that I could be there to pay my last respects, but unfortunately my job has me wrapped up in meetings this week. Know that we are there in spirit- thinking about you guys and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs, Cousin Kim (Grzelka) Orcutt.


Wayne Roth posted on 9/20/22

I am so sorry for your loss. I too enjoyed playing music with Bob and talking about our experiences in the Navy bands. He will be remembered by all of us musicians. Prayers for his family.


Toni Stephenson posted on 9/19/22

So sorry for your loss! I loved Uncle Bob. He came over mom and dad’s often to visit. Dan and I were just talking about how much fun we had at his birthday party. I think of my relatives on dad’s side often and how we always got together a couple of times a year. Playing in Pap and Nana’s back yard. We all live so far away but it would be so great to get together. It was nice to have everyone over at Pap’s funeral too. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend due to work but I will be thinking of you. Love ya!


Richard and Judy Pollard posted on 9/19/22

Jim and the condolences in the loss of your dad. By his obituary he enjoyed his life thru music! Our thoughts are with you!


Kim Harmon posted on 9/19/22

My sincerest condolences to. Everyone that knew him. Loved Bob, he was one of my favorite volunteers at Mobile Meals. He has been missed and will always be thought of with smile on my face. Rest In Peace Bob.


Brad Rippel posted on 9/19/22

I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a great guy who always made me feel like I was "one of the guys" when I first joined the Lew Woods Orchestra at age 19! What a great experience it was to play with talent such as Bob's, (and the other "seasoned professionals". Bob's laughter will be missed as much as his awesome trombone! Rest in peace "Bone Man"! Prayers of comfort and peace go out to my buddy Jim and his Brothers!


Larry & Jan McBride posted on 9/19/22

Dear Dombeck Family, Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. May the Lord give you peace & strength at this difficult time. Larry and Jan McBride


Corey Swinderman posted on 9/18/22

I am so sorry to hear of Bobs passing . Got to perform with Bob many times over the years. A great musician. We shared a love for our Navy Band service. We shared many fun stories. My thoughts and prayers to all of his family.


Brian Botdorf posted on 9/18/22

I am sorry for your loss. Bob Dombeck was one of my early mentors when I played in the Lew Woods Orchestra in the 1970’s. I was a young trombone player and Bob was so patient with my development; always the gentleman and made me feel like I belonged. I was amazed at how easy his high notes flowed and how smooth his sound was gig after gig. Bob was an important influence in my life and I am sure had a positive affect on many other people.


Carrie & Al Tipton posted on 9/18/22

Our deepest sympathy. So glad we had the pleasure of knowing him.


Becky Canfield posted on 9/18/22

I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort and peace to you all.


Dan Testa posted on 9/18/22

So sorry for your loss. As the youngest of the niece/nephew/cousins, I didn't get to spend as much time with Uncle Bob as others but have very fond memories of the times I did get with everyone at Nana and Pap's house. I loved listening to Bob and his siblings play music together. They were all so talented but with Bob leading the charge the songs just kept flowing. My fondest memory was one particular visit as an adult and going into Elwood City with Bob to grab a huge pile of chili dogs and a 6-pack of Budweiser and just sitting in Pap's kitchen and talking about music and debating who had better hot dogs, Red Hot's or Mina Gillis (I probably spelled that wrong). I don't remember what we concluded but it sure was a nice chat. You'll be missed, but now St Peter has the best darn trombone player for his band of angels.