Nov. 11, 1925 - Jan. 21, 2013
ELKHART — Robert L. “Bob” Wirt, 87, of Elkhart, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital.
He was born Nov. 11, 1925, in Elkhart to Leon E. and Sylvia Marie (McGill) Wirt. On Feb. 25, 1950, in Elkhart, he married Del A. Dosmann.
She survives along with four children, Michael (Terri) Wirt of Brownsburg, Michelle (Bruce) Odiorne of Tampa, Fla., Lynne Yoder of Goshen and Sandra (Dale) Pflibsen of Elkhart; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a half brother, Fred Wirt.
Bob was a 60-year member of Elkhart Moose Lodge 599, a member of Elkhart DAV Chapter 19 and a member of Indiana Fire Fighters Association. He was an avid bowler and was the league secretary for Merit Bowling League at Country Club Lanes for many years.
He and Del enjoyed spending winters in Mission, Texas. Bob also enjoyed riding his bike, golfing and woodworking.
Bob was a firefighter with the Elkhart Fire Department from 1954 to 1974, retiring as a captain. He worked for Faries-McMeekan from 1965 to 1985 and invented the handicap mirror.
Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the funeral home. The Elkhart Fire Department will post honor guards for the visitation and service. Pastor Bob Vale of Osceola United Methodist will officiate. Cremation will take place with burial at a later date in Rice Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Indiana Fire Fighters Association, Moose Haven or Moose Heart.