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Robert "Bob" Patalano

Monday, August 28th, 1944 - Friday, October 2nd, 2020
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Robert M. Patalano, 76

Robert M. Patalano, 76 entered into eternal life, Friday, October 2, 2020 and was blessed to have his family by his side during the past week.

In his final days of struggling with Cancer, Bob was at peace and looking forward to going home to be with loved ones and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Bob was born on August 28, 1944 in Providence, Rhode Island to Vito A. and Elvira (nee Ricci) Patalano.
He graduated from Providence College in June of 1966 and was immediately commissioned through the ROTC program. He arrived in Vietnam in August of 1967 and served as a forward observer with the Mighty Ninth, 2nd Battalion, 9th Artillery until July of 1968. Returning to Rhode Island he joined the active reserves, 76th Div., USAR, and served as a Captain for several years.

Bob began his accounting career with Brown and Sharpe in Providence, RI. He retired as a controller from CK Composites in Mt. Pleasant, PA. In retirement Bob and wis wife, May, gave their time and talents to be church and community workers in Big Creek, KY, as part of the Brethren Volunteer Service. Bob then moved to Ashland Ohio and became active in the Northern Ohio Church of the Brethren and served in many ways. Closest to his heart was his ministry as Inspiration Hills’ Camp Director, District Youth Groups and providing assistance as a Co-Coordinator and leader on Brethren Disaster Ministries’ projects.

Bob was a faithful member of the Ashland Dickey Church of the Brethren and currently was serving as a Deacon and previously had served as a co-youth advisor with his wife. Bob cared for others, valued his friendships, and set a Godly example volunteering in many ways as needed.

Bob is survived by his loving children, Andrea (Charles Sanislow) Patalano and Robert D. (Kay) Patalano; a granddaughter, Siena Patalano; many cousins; brothers-in-law, Joe Hays, Dave Hays, Floyd (Love) Hays, and Steve Hess; sister-in-law, Fay (Merl) Pritts; nephews, Kevin (Megan) Hess, Jason (Jennifer) Hess, and Nathan (Rebecca) Hess; great nephews, Noah and Sebastian Hess; great nieces, Natalie, Brooke, Bellamy, Dublyn Hess and Sydney Waggoner.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife, May Patalano who passed away on March 6, 2008; his sister, Diane Patalano; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Reverend Durward and Mrs. Idabelle Hays; and a sister-in-law, Dr. Katherine Hess.

A Celebration of Bob’s life will be restricted to family on Thursday, October 8, 2020 in the sanctuary of the Ashland Dickey Church of the Brethren with Reverend Jeff Messner officiating. Interment will follow in the Dickey Cemetery where the Ashland Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct full military honors. The service will be live streamed from the church and available for viewing on the funeral home’s Facebook page. The service will also be made available for listening in the church parking lot on 103.5 FM. Friends may call for a public visitation on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be made to Ashland Dickey Church of the Brethren’s Barnabas Fund, 1509 Township Road 655, Ashland, Ohio or to Inspiration Hill’s Camp, 4819 West Easton Road, Burbank, Ohio 44214.

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Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Interment

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 |
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020
    Dickey Cemetery
    1509 Township Road 655
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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Posted at 01:34pm
Bob was such a wonderful friend and a huge influence in our lives as well as the lives of our children. Curly and I will always remember all the youth events we participated in as leaders and/or chaperones: National Youth Conference, Faith Quest, District Youth Rallies and Annual Conference in Milwaukee. Bob had such a big voice, big laugh, and a soft sincere way of teaching and encouraging. Our memories are such a blessing of Bob (and May). We can still hear them laughing together.
Thank you Bob for who you were (still are in our hearts) and all the youth and adults you have helped in their faith quest. Well done.
Love, Tom "Curly" and Frankie

James & Charlotte McNaull

Posted at 07:30pm
We just want to extend our sympathy to the Patalano family. Bob served the Lord well and touched many lives sharing the love of Jesus. He will be remembered for the work he did at Camp Inspiration Hills and the people he touched there through his ministry. May God surround you with His love and peace. Jim and Charlotte McNaull

Michael Patalano

Posted at 09:08am
Bob loved, was very close to and treasured his family in Rhode Island. He visited twice yearly in recent years to stay in touch and keep the bonds strong. It was always great to see him and enjoy his company. We all are so proud of him and the beautiful, kind and Christian life he led, and of all his accomplishments from Boy Scouts, to college, to the Army in Vietnam; and as a son, brother, husband, father, grand father, cousin, friend and minister. He was an example for us all to follow. We are blessed that he was able to attend our family reunion on November 3, 2019 (see photo)....he had a great time doing what he loved to do...TALK!. Bob showed tremendous courage over the past several years in his battle with cancer...he bravely underwent all the procedures which came his way, never complaining, never seeking pity and always having a sense of humor and an upbeat attitude. He helped all of us deal with our concerns about him. He was ready to meet the Lord and go to his eternal reward, which is a great comfort to us who remain in this life. God Bless, Bob....we'll see you on the other side. On behalf of Bob's Rhode Island family, Cousin Mike Patalano.

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Posted at 08:54am
Thank you Bob for being our friend, mentor and spiritual leader throughout your lifetime. You live on in the many lives you have touched.
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Posted at 08:12am
God Bless, Bob.....a life well lived.
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