Robert J. Halman, Sr. of Ashtabula, Ohio, entered eternal life on Thursday, June 26, 2019 at the David Simpson Hospice House of Hospice of the Western Reserve in Euclid, Ohio. He was born May 31, 1929 in Galion, Ohio, the son of William Guy and Alida (Janusch) Halman.
Robert lived in many different Ohio locations after his parents’ deaths. He landed in Ashtabula temporarily and attended Ashtabula High School. Thanks to Dr. Wenner, Robert received his GED from Harbor High School while serving his country in the United States Navy during World War II. Upon honorable discharge Robert returned to Ashtabula where began working for Carlson Steel in Ashtabula for 20 years. In an unlikely turn of events, Robert began teaching at the Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School. It was during this time he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Kent State University. Once his son completed his college education, he joined his wife and son in forming Halman Inc. in Saybrook Township. Following his son’s untimely death, Robert continued to run the business for another 8 years. The business was in existence for over 25 years.
Bob was a member of Second Congregational Church and had also more recently attended First Covenant Church. Over the years, he held many positions in the church at Second Congregational, including the office of Moderator twice. Bob was also a member and Past Master of Rising Sun Lodge #22 F&AM; a Past High Priest of Royal Arch Masons Northeast Chapter #8; Past Illustrious Master of Conneaut #40 Council; Columbian #52 Commandry Grand Commandry of Ohio; The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Cleveland; and Orion Chapter #12 Order of Eastern Star which he joined at the same time as his daughter. He also served as Commodore at the Redbrook Boat Club where he headed up the building of the club’s shore erosion system in the mid-1980’s.
Surviving him is his daughter, Sandra (C. Thomas II) Ranck of Ashtabula; a step-daughter, Corinne (Rev. Richard) Rhoades of Galveston, Texas; three grandchildren Robert J. Halman III of Ashtabula, Charles T. “Chip” Ranck III of Findlay, and Jamie Halman of Ashtabula, and a brother John Halman of Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sarah A. (Hakala) in 2013; a son, Robert J. Halman, Jr. in 2004 and by a brother, William Halman and a sister, Elizabeth Summanen.
Funeral service will be Monday, July 1, 2019 at 11:00 am at the First Covenant Church, 3300 Carpenter Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. Bruce Wyand and Rev. Richard Rhoades officiating. Burial will be in Saybrook Township Cemetery with American Legion Post #103 conducting military rites.
Calling hours will be Sunday, June 30, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rising Sun Lodge #22 conducting the Masonic Service at 6:45 pm.
Memorial contributions in Bob’s name can be made to A-Tech c/o of Robert J. Halman, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, 1565 State Route #167, Jefferson, Ohio 44047
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A-Tech C/O Robert J. Halman, SR Memorial Scholarship
1565 State Route #167, Jefferson OH 44047