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Robert A. "Bob" Francis

June 5, 1940 ~ March 12, 2020 (age 79)

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Robert A. “Bob” Francis of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Celina Manor Nursing Home. He was born on June 5, 1940 in Bellefontaine, Ohio to the late Glen and Melva (Simon) Francis. On July 29, 1990 he married Bonnie Bertke, who survives living in Celina. He is also survived by his four children; Rick Francis and Jenni York of Houston, Julie Francis of Centerville, Scott Francis of Centerville, Jennifer (Greg) Robertson of Cincinnati, three step-children; Dewey (Kim) Lehman of Avon Park, Fl, Scott (Cherie) Lehman, Jeff (Edna) Lehman both of Celina, daughter-in-law Stephanie Hartnagel of Ft. Recovery, three grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, and six step great grandchildren, two brothers and sisters-in-law Ronald (Patricia) Francis of Sidney, Randy (Denise) Francis of New Bremen and his sister and brother-in-law Marilyn (Bill) Sullivan of Beavercreek. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his step son Chris Lehman. He graduated from Holy Angels High School with the Class of 1958. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Bob owned and operated Francis Auto Sales in Sidney and Celina until he retired in 2002. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina and a member of the V.F.W. Post #5713 in Celina. He was a coin collector, loved playing bingo, enjoyed horse races, spending time with his friends at McDonald’s and was a big Detroit Lions Fan. A Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 11, 2020 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, with Fr. Tim McFarland C.PP.S. officiating. Burial of his remains will follow his service in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Celina, with Military Honors. Immediately following services everyone is invited to a Celebration of Life for Bob and Bonnie at the Celina Moose Lodge.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Northwest Ohio Region Office, 740 Commerce Dr., Suite B Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. Condolences may be shared with the family on-line at

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 Service Program


Memorial Mass
June 11, 2020

10:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church


American Cancer Society
740 Commerce Dr. Suite B, Perrysburg OH 43551

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