LEIPSIC -- Bobbie J. "Shep" Artressia Sr., 73, of Leipsic, passed away at 9:51 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
He was born July 3, 1940, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to the late Jean and Mable (Brooks) Artressia. On March 25, 1967, he married F. Ann Finkenbiner. She passed away June 28, 2001.
Surviving are three children, Fred (Dawn) Finkenbiner of North Baltimore, Leigh Anne (David) Flores and Amy (Abel) Diaz, both of Leipsic; nine grandchildren, Andrew Finkenbiner, Zackary Finkenbiner, Danielle Flores, Sarah Ramirez, Josh Ramirez, Anthony Artressia, Adriana Diaz, Santana Diaz and Dallas Diaz; two brothers, Joe (Wanda) Artressia of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Charles Artressia of Wyoming; two sisters, Sylvia "Cookie" (Paul) Kruse of Cecil and Diana Martin of Oak Harbor; a brother-in-law, William Edgar of Defiance; and two sisters-in-law, Wilma (Jesse Gallegos) Stuber of Leipsic and Betty Berger of West Leipsic.
He was preceded in death by a son, Bobbie Artressia, Jr.; three brothers, Larry, Wayne and Jeff Artressia; and three sisters, Patricia Greenhill, Lucille Artressia and Shirley Edgar.
Bobbie retired from Philips L.G., Ottawa, in 1997, and worked as a crossing guard for the Leipsic Elementary. He was a U.S. Navy veteran; a member of New Hope Bethel United Methodist Church, Leipsic Rod and Gun Club and a lifelong Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, Ohio State Buckeyes and Leipsic Viking Fan. He loved fishing and hunting and watching his grandchildren play sports. No child was a stranger and he loved when they called him "Paw."
Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday September 28, 2013, at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic, with Rev. Tom Graves officiating. Burial will follow in Plain Township Cemetery, Bowling Green. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.