Pastor Bob Neuhard, of North Baltimore passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Mt. Carmel East Hospital, Columbus. He was born on October 3, 1936, in Bloomsburg, PA to the late Robert and Helen M. (Cotner) Neuhard. He married the love of his life Barbara J. Crabtree and she survives.
Bob is also survived by his children: Teri (Gary) Balser of Durham, NC, Tamara (John) Hulyo of Lancaster, PA, Elizabeth (Charles) Fritz of Columbus, OH, Rachel (Shawn) Wagner of Columbus, OH and Sean (Kirsten) Bailey of Columbus, OH; his beloved grandchildren: Kyle Neuhard, Caitlyn Schmidt, Jacob (Alicia) Holton, Courtney (David) Leading, Isaac (Lauren) Aulick, Kayla Hulyo, Brenna Schmidt, Cassandra (Brian) Ritzman, Johnathon Huylo, Elsie Schmidt, Benjamin Aulick, Ashley Wagner, Nicklaus Wagner,
Jagger Harris, Saphira Bailey and great-grandchildren: Stella Holton, Kaison Aulick, Claire Holton, Nora Ritzman, and Evelyn Aulick.
Bob was a U.S. Army National Guard Veteran, with the rank of Lieutenant and also served as Chaplain. He was currently the Pastor of the North Baltimore Church of Christ and Chaplain for both the North Baltimore Police Department and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.
Pastor Bob attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from the Johnson Bible College, and pastored churches in Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. He was responsible for starting the police chaplain program in Grove City, OH, which The Voice of America ended up carrying on nationwide. He also formerly served as Chaplain for the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Police Department.
Bob had received an appointment to the First Class of the Air Force Academy from Assemblyman Alvin Bush of Pennsylvania.
He was a board member of the Lycoming County, PA, Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Franklin County, OH Mental Health Board and the North Baltimore Zoning Board. He was also formerly involved with the Police Civil Service Commission in Pennsylvania, and was a former radio M.C. for
a Southern Gospel Music Hour in Indiana.
Bob was extremely involved and instrumental in the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Pennsylvania, where helped facilitate many children’s wishes coming true. Bob was the recipient of the Mayor’s Award of Columbus for Volunteerism. He also had played professional baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies Farm System, and many other accomplishments too numerous to list.
Visitation will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 4, 2015, at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, 515 North Main Street, North Baltimore, OH 45872.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 5, 2015, at the North Baltimore Church of Christ, North Baltimore, where full military rites will be conducted by the North Baltimore American Legion Post 539 following the service. Lay Minister Mark Maas officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 6, 2015, in Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, OH.
Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
Online condolences may be made at www.smithcrates.com.
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Barbara, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We were out of state and heard through the prayer chain at church. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob was such a great guy, and always had a joke to tell. He will be missed by many. Take care and God Bless you and your family. Rose
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I treasure the many times we visited when he came in the library. He was a wonderful man with a true love of the Lord and life.