Dr. Robert Southworth


Dr. Robert Raymond Southworth, 86, of Defiance, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

He was born on August 17, 1927, to Charles and Eleanor (Hoysradt) Southworth in Beverly, Mass. On January 20, 1955, he married Alice Kathleen (Adams) Southworth.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Defiance. Dr. Southworth was a 1949 graduate of Harvard University, and attended Tufts University Medical School, served his internship at the Receiving Hospital of Detroit, and his residency at the University of Michigan. He was a primary care physician at Defiance Clinic for 45 years. Dr. Southworth was a member of the Elks Club of Defiance. After semi-retiring, he worked in the Ohio State Prison system, volunteered at the Mildred Buyer Medical Clinic for the Homeless and for the Rest and Recovery Group at the Defiance County Senior Center.

Dr. Robert is survived by his sons, Stephen (Dawn) Southworth of Tupelo, Miss., Christopher (Lori) Southworth of Riviera Beach, Fla., Michael (Martha) Southworth of Twinsburg, Ohio; daughters, Mary Southworth of Defiance, Dawn Salvo of Gloucester, Mass.; grandchildren, Rachel, Hillary, Nicholas, Morgan and Maxwell Southworth; and a sister, Jane Southworth of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Alice.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, July 11, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Eric Peltz officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Riverview Memory Gardens, rural Defiance.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and/or the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.

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  • Dr. ROBERT Southworth and his family were good friends of my family. So sorry about his passing. The Crescent should correct the headline to reflect the name that he used, which was his first name--Robert or Bob--NOT his middle name, Raymond.

  • Dear Mary...

    I am so very sorry you have lost your Daddy. I know he and your Mommy meant the world to you!

    But, your Daddy is now with your Mommy and with Chrissy in heaven and they are having a good time!

    You be a good girl and I am thinking about you during this very, very hard time.

    God bless you, Mary, and, Amanda, too.

    I Love You.

    Evelyn Powers,

    Chrissy's "Special" Cousin

    Bloomington, Indiana