Robert H. Spillner

June 11, 1930 - September 18, 2011

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Robert H. Spillner, 81, of Kendallville died Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 9:47 p.m. in Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.

Mr. Spillner was a graduate of Salem Center High School. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Robert was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 1301 for 62 years, Eagles Lodge, American Legion Post 86, and a life member of the V.F.W. Post 2749. He worked as a railroad dispatcher for 35 years for CONRAIL, and for the Vicksburg Police in Michigan for 15 years.

He was born on June 11, 1930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Roy and Nina Viola (Mills) Spillner. He was married on December 11, 2004 in Kendallville, Indiana to Mafalda Ferrier, who survives.

Also surviving is one daughter, Latonia Ziegert of Vicksburg, Michigan; one son, Tommie Spillner of Willcox, Arizona; two stepsons, Regan (Terri) Ford of Kendallville and Roger (Jody) Ford of Kendallville; and eleven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack E. Spillner; and a sister, Sandra Spillner.

Funeral services will be Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in St. John Lutheran Church, 301 South Oak Street, Kendallville with Rev. Paul B. Griebel officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery of Kendallville.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the Moose Heart.

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Jack Lane
October 1st, 2011 10:35am

Mathelda, So sorry to hear of our loss. I was having eye surgery at the VA in Indy an am just now getting around enough to function. Sincerely, Jack

Dennis & Karen Svoboda
September 23rd, 2011 3:57pm
Hudson, IN.

Bob was a good friend and he will truly be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Duane Leighty
September 23rd, 2011 11:58am

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. What a great man, he always had a smile on his face,he will be truly missed. God bless the family

Julie Buttgen
September 22nd, 2011 10:35am

Regan; So sorry to hear about your loss. May good memories surround you all at this time. Sending good thoughts and prayers to your family. Julie

Beth Chalfin
September 21st, 2011 7:00pm
San Antonio Texas

Grandpa you will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

Brandy Mack
September 21st, 2011 4:35pm

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He was always there to give me a hug and i'll always lovingly remember him as my Elmer. Love your Little Buddy

Brad & Carolyn Shambarger
September 21st, 2011 4:31pm

Our thoughts and prayers to the family. He will be missed. He was a good friend to everyone. God bless the family

brad & Carolyn Shambarger
September 21st, 2011 4:31pm

Our thoughts and prayers to the family. He will be missed. He was a good friend to everyone. God bless the family

John & Nancy Downs
September 21st, 2011 4:04pm
Sparta, TN

We'll miss his warm smile and gentle nature. Our thought and prayers are with you all. Love, John & Nancy

Mike Minich and Family
September 21st, 2011 3:06pm

Bob always impressed me as an extremely caring man, at all times looking out for the other guy. He always kept his family, both immediate and extended, as a priority in his life. He made you constantly feel welcome…He was a true blessing of a man and will be missed. It is nice to know that Heaven will be blessed with his presence.

September 21st, 2011 7:50am

He also had a son, Jack Drerup, who preceded him in death in 2007.

Rick & Joyce Marks
September 20th, 2011 8:06pm
Wolcottville, In.

Bob was a Great neighbor, and friend. He was down to earth, and told you just how it was. He will be missed by many. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you all. Love, Rick & Joyce

Groberg Family
September 19th, 2011 6:14pm
Richmond, Texas

Our prayers to the entire family. Claira will be there soon. We love you Grandma! We miss you Grandpa Bob!! We are very blessed to have had Bob in our lives. Love..... Claira and Daniel Groberg