Robert V. Main

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Robert V. Main

March 21, 1917 - February 19, 2019

Robert V. Main Robert V. Main, Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Goshen, Indiana, went to be with his Lord and Savior Feb. 19.
Bob was born on a farm north of Delaware, Ohio, in 1917. He grew up there an only child, weathering the Great Depression with his parents.
Working his way through school, he attended Ohio Wesleyan and then Ohio State University, graduating in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering.
Two years later, he married his OSU sweetheart, Phyllis Tinling, in Middletown.
Shortly thereafter, Bob joined the World War II war effort and subsequently served three years in the Amphibious Forces in the Pacific.
Bob served Ohio and Indiana industries for 42 years, holding management positions in sales, marketing and corporate planning. Companies included Crane Company of Cleveland and Penn Controls, NIBCO, and DePuy of northern Indiana.
Bob's first wife, Phyllis, developed Alzheimer's at an early age. Bob was her primary caretaker until her death in 1987.
He subsequently married Jean Gilmore, a longtime family friend, and they enjoyed 20 years of life together until her passing in 2008.
Bob developed a passion for Alzheimer's support, and in 1995 was inducted into the Central Ohio Senior Hall of Fame for his work in that area.
His Christian faith was also his passion. He served his churches in many capacities and was also a dedicated member of Gideons International. He was proud of his involvement in their prison ministry.
Passing at age 101, Bob was one of the last of "The Greatest Generation." He believed in serving his family, his church, his country and his work, relying on character built on small-town values and living through the Great Depression and World War II. He was always eager to share these lessons and always a gentleman. He and his peers will be missed.
Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis T. Main; his second wife, Jean Gilmore Main; his parents, Curtis D. Main and Catherine A. Main White of Delaware, Ohio; and his grandson, Keith Reim.
He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Kathryn L. Reim (Ken); his son, Dr. Bruce E. Main (Cathy); grandsons, Kevin Reim (Melissa) and Jeffrey Main (Laura); granddaughters, Dr. Karyn L. Reim and Carol M. Wheeler (David); great-grandchildren, Sienna and Madison Reim and Lily and Oliver Wheeler; stepchildren, Judith Gilmore, Jennifer Albert, Dr. Brad Gilmore and Brent Gilmore (Mary); stepgrandchildren, Christine Ramser (Russ), Nicole Bok (Cody), Phillip Albert, Jeremy Gilmore (Jasmin), Jonathan Gilmore (Leah) and Jesse Gilmore (Kristina); and two step-great-grandchildren, Kingston and Maverick Gilmore.
A celebration of Bob's life will take place at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1735 Bethel Road in Columbus at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24.
A private interment event will take place Monday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Forum at Knightsbridge for the care of their father.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Presbyterian Church or Gideons International.
Online condolences may be made at
Published on March 11, 2019
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Sunday March 24, 2019

3:00 PM

Bethel Presbyterian Church

1735 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH, USA


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