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Robert (Bob) Hammer
  • May 17, 1946
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  • June 14, 2022

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Robert (Bob) Hammer, age 76, died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer on June 14, 2022 in the Villages, Florida.  Born in Chicago, IL to the late Thore and Virginia Hammer.  

Bob is survived by his loving wife Diane, of 53 years, his daughters Laura (Tim) Brown of Lebanon, Ohio and Lisa (Jason) Miriello of Ponte Vedra, Florida.  He will be dearly missed by his four grandchildren, Kaylyn and Allyson Brown and Evan and Nate Miriello.  He is also survived by brother Don (Shari) Hammer of Brunswick, Georgia and sister-in-laws Corliss (deceased – Jerry) Manuel of Hilton Head, South Carolina and Karen (deceased – Gary) Rieman of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Upon graduation from Xavier University, Bob was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  He served in Vietnam from 1969-1970.  He was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star.  

Bob was a paper and packaging salesman in the Dayton/Cincinnati area for over forty years.  During that time, he made many special relationships with customers and business associates.  His wit and humor contributed to his successful career.

He was a great family man, always enjoying his daughters and their activities.  He also enjoyed the many hours that he spent coaching and refereeing soccer.  

Later in life, he discovered the game of Pickleball.  In his years of playing in Ohio and the Villages he met many special friends. He would often joke about his pickleball addiction as he could be found at the courts playing, officiating, or teaching others the game every day.    

Bob was always willing to help others.  His favorite volunteer job was being a Guardian on the Villages Honor Flight.  He just completed his eighth flight as a Guardian in April.  It was a joy for him to be with other veterans and being able to honor their service to our country.

A funeral mass is scheduled for July 8, 2022 at 11:00am at St. Henry Church in Dayton, Ohio. All are invited to a Celebration of Bob’s Life immediately following at Yankee Trace Golf Club, 10000 Yankee Street, Centerville, OH.  Burial will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made in Bob’s name to Villages Honor Flight, PO Box 490, Lady Lake, FL 32158-0490


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  1. Elizabeth Ulrich lit a candle:
    29 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 29, 2022 at 6:04:26 PM

  2. Elizabeth Ulrich says:
    29 Jun 2022
    I'll miss all your witted humor and jokes.
    Thank you for everything Bob
    I loved Fridays with you❤️

  3. Debbie Diroff says:
    29 Jun 2022
    My heart is broken. We have lost a great man. I knew his wife before I knew him but got to know him through Villages Honor Flight. He served our veterans well and he was a veteran himself. Thank you for all that you did Bob and thank you for your service. You will be greatly missed. Love and miss you.

  4. Dave Winter says:
    27 Jun 2022
    I am so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. I was a classmate of his at Holy Cross School, Loyola Academy, and Xavier University and remember what a great guy he was. It was great to talk with him at our 50th college reunion. My deepest sympathy to his whole family!

  5. Nanci Osborne lit a candle:
    27 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 27, 2022 at 6:26:24 PM

  6. Billjoyce Wirtz says:
    26 Jun 2022
    Interestingly God blesses us with the people we need in our life, at the time we need them. Bob's jovial spirit and sense of humor could brightened one's day in a matter of seconds! He certainly brightened ours on many occasions! (Our children, grandchildren and friends will forever enjoy "salad"). Bob also had a serious and sincere side to him. When he talked about his love of God, his family and his country one could feel his sincerity, compassionate, dedication and sense of pride! Diane was the core of his being. Somehow I don't envision Bob resting in peace...rather I envision him with a smile on his face, a joke or two being uttered, in the center of fun and kindness just making everyone feel glad to be there! Enjoy Eternally Bob!

  7. Barbara Binder Kumprey says:
    26 Jun 2022
    The Hammer family was friends with the Binder family from Wauwatosa, Wisc. Thore and Virginia were friends with my parents and we visited often in Illinois. I remember playing with Bob and Don. Great memories. My sympathy to the family. RIP Bob!

  8. Pat Robbins lit a candle:
    25 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 25, 2022 at 6:45:50 PM

  9. Jane Zubrick lit a candle:
    25 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 25, 2022 at 6:38:39 PM

  10. Jane Zubrick lit a candle:
    25 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 25, 2022 at 6:37:09 PM

  11. Doreen Buresh says:
    23 Jun 2022
    What a great guy who I met on the pb courts in Middletown & then played & taught with in The Villages! My thoughts & prayers are with his family....

  12. Doreen Buresh lit a candle:
    23 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 23, 2022 at 6:12:04 PM

  13. Doreen Buresh Buresh lit a candle:
    23 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 23, 2022 at 6:11:31 PM

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    23 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 23, 2022 at 6:05:15 PM

  15. Shirley Younkin says:
    23 Jun 2022
    Diane, So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. It's never easy losing a loved one. Hopefully, your wonderful memories will help to give you & your family comfort. You are in our hearts. Shirley Younkin

  16. Cheryl Wyatt lit a candle:
    23 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 23, 2022 at 6:25:37 PM

  17. Jim Hickey says:
    23 Jun 2022
    Saying goodbye to a wonderful man,Farewell BOB

  18. Kathie Bivens says:
    23 Jun 2022
    Bob joined our group playing pickleball on Tuesday and Thursday. He was always so fun and witty. We enjoyed him immensely and I do remember his rolling eyes, very distinctly, when I missed a ball or took one of his. He was one great guy and will be sorely missed by all of us. God bless Duane and his family.

  19. Ruth Corcoran says:
    23 Jun 2022
    Twinkle Toes as I called you, you will be tremendously missed. You now have your angel wings!!! FLY HIGH!!! RIH Bob My condolences to his family.

  20. Mark Royce says:
    23 Jun 2022
    I was so saddened to hear about Bob’s recent untimely death. We worked together for forty years. Despite the fact that I lived in Columbus and Bob and Diane in Dayton made it more difficult to see each other often. I always enjoyed tremendously the times we spent together at corporate meetings, golf outings and social events. We definitely had a joint love of family, golf and vacations on Hilton Head Island. His friendliness, humor, and wit made him a person with anyone could easily connect. I always looked forward to seeing him. I will always remember Bob as an outstanding man and friend. Please extend my best wishes to Diane, Laura and Lisa as they move forward through this difficult time. With love.

  21. Amy Payne says:
    23 Jun 2022
    I never had the honor of meeting Bob but my daughter (Chloe Grace) did last summer as she joined the family for their annual family vacation in Hilton Head, SC. Chloe fell in love with him and throughly loved his fun personality and joke telling.

    I have also had the honor of calling his beautiful daughter Laura a friend and any one who could raise such a kind, smart and gracious woman like Laura is a wonderful person.

    My condolences to all the family as the grieve the loss of this husband, father and grandfather.

  22. Schnurr Vicki says:
    22 Jun 2022
    Bob was so much fun to be around. I could never get a straight answer out of him. We were teaching partners for The Villages Drill n Play Program. Everyone loved Bob. We always started our session with a joke given to him by one of his grand kids. I have his joke book which I will continue to share each week so he can continue to be with us. God Bless his family. He loved all of you much.

  23. Jodi (Schockman) Hoefflin says:
    22 Jun 2022
    Your Dad was a wonderful man and will be missed. We saw each other at a few work events (after I grew up) and he was the same guy that I remember from when I was a kid. So sorry for your loss and God Bless all of you during this difficult time. Godspeed Mr. Hammer
    Jodi (Schockman) Hoefflin

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