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Robert Donald Souder

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Robert Donald Souder, 63, of Huntsville, passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 7, 2012, at Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine.

He was born in Bellefontaine on Feb. 4, 1949, to the late William Emerson and Lillian Maxine Shultz Souder.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Stevens, whom he married April 24, 2009, in Bellefontaine; his children, Rod D. Souder of Waynesfield, William Ian (Mary Anne) Souder of Powell and Carolyn Ann Souder of Huntsville; a grandson, Liam Avery Souder, with whom he shared his birthday; stepchildren, Michael Stevens of Bellefontaine and Heather Tobias of St. Marys; a brother, William H. (Anita) Souder of Milwaukie, Ore.; a sister, Jeanne Ann Williams of Jackson Center; and several nieces, nephews and numerous in-laws.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during Vietnam, he was a former employee of Baumfolder, Sidney, where he was an electrical engineer technician for 12 years.

He loved to volunteer his time, including as a martial arts instructor at the Lima YMCA and as a former paramedic with the Wayne Township EMS.

He filled his time tinkering, rebuilding and working on various projects as well as spending time with his family. He also had a passion in exploring and documenting genealogy.

Pastor Robert Dye officiates a funeral at 1 p.m. Friday at the Myron Van Horn Chapel of Smith-Eichholtz Funeral Home, Lakeview, followed by military honors. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doyle R. Miller AMVETS Post 39, Lakeview.

Express condolences at www.smith-eichholtz.com.

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