US Air Force

Robert "Bob" Leon Valentine

February 23, 1943 ~ June 23, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Robert “Bob” Leon Valentine passed away unexpectedly June 23, 2023, at Miami Valley Hospital after a brief illness.

Robert was born February 23, 1943 to Raymond and Easter Evelyn (Kerr) Valentine both of whom are deceased.  He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1961. The “Great Class of ‘61” was the first class to graduate from the new building. The past few years he really enjoyed being part of the class reunion committee. He always looked forward to attending class reunions to catch up with old friends. During high school he was a member of the Army National Guard. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and was on active duty from 1961-1965. One of his proudest moments of service with the Navy is when he was asked to be part of the Honor Guard for President John F. Kennedy, who saluted all the servicemen and thanked them for their service. He later enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and was in the 907th Civil Engineering Squadron at Rickenbacker Air Force Base and the 906th Civil Engineer Squadron at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He retired as Master Sergeant in 1994. Bob was proud of his military service and would often talk about his time in the service to anyone who would listen.

After returning home from the Navy, he met Michele, and they married after only three months on December 6, 1965. This December would have been 58 years of marriage. Together they had three children Jeff, Chris, and Marisa. During their childhood Bob enjoyed coaching city rec football and baseball. He always looked forward to watching his kids play the sports they loved. Later, he was very proud to see his grandchildren play sports as well. If he was not able to make it to the game, he would always call and ask how things were going. He also helped with taking the grandkids to and from practice and games.

Throughout his life Bob had many hobbies he enjoyed. He looked forward to hunting with his good friend Jim Knowles. He worked with Larry Reinsmith on the construction of 94 South and the shelter houses at JW Denver Williams Park. He also really enjoyed working on airplanes and making sausage and jerky with his best friend, Dan Music.

Bob loved his family very much and was always there in any way he could. He was constantly helping his children and grandchildren with anything they needed. From fixing something around the house to working on cars, he was always there. The past few years Bob made a point to call and check on his family at least once a month. He would often check on his niece, Amy, and help take care of anything he could because he knew that was what his brother, Ronnie, would have wanted. After the passing of his brother, Chuck and his wife, Alice, he continued to check on his family in Massachusetts through Chuck Jr. and Dennie.

Bob was a proud man and worked extremely hard his entire life starting early in childhood when he would help local farmers with odd jobs. He had several machining jobs over the years but his most notable was when he was employed with ABX Air. He was well respected by his coworkers and was said to be a “true machinist and could make things happen.”  ABX Air would even compensate him for his ideas because he was such a talented machinist. He retired in 2008, but he never stopped working. During retirement he continued to be there for his family, friends, and neighbors doing odd jobs, fixing lawn mowers, and just about anything to keep him busy.

Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Michele Williams Valentine; his three children, Jeffrey (Renee) Valentine, Christopher Valentine, and Marisa (Terell Bryant) Valentine; his grandchildren, Isiah Valentine, Alexus (Kyle Jump) Dunn-Valentine, TJ (Contess Gulya) Rockhold, Jenee (Caleb Cox) Valentine, Elijah Rockhold, and Jeffrey Valentine; he also had two young men who he always treated as grandchildren, Garrett (Natasha) Scott-Rollins and Dom Davidson; four great-grandchildren Sumer, Sofia, Ava, and Waylon; also, two honorary great-grandchildren, Ermias and Tamallyn. Bob is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Bob came from a large family of 12 siblings - six brothers and six sisters; Richard (Cindy) Valentine, Sam (Debbie) Valentine, Linda (John, deceased) Hartley, Jim (Vicky) Valentine, Mary (Guy) House, and Pam (Steven) Schaefer all surviving. Preceding him in death were Charles “Chuck” (Alice) Valentine, Judi (Al, surviving) Longberry, Joyce Valentine, Ronald “Ronnie” (Linda) Valentine, Carolyn Stapleton, and William “Bill” Valentine.

Visitation will be held from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Saturday, July 1, 2023 at Smith Funeral Home 327 N. South St. Wilmington, Ohio.  Funeral services will begin at 1:30 PM Saturday.  Burial will follow in Sugar Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by WPAFB Air Force Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 49 Honor Guard.

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July 1, 2023

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Smith Funeral Home
327 N. South Street
Wilmington, OH 45177

Funeral Service
July 1, 2023

1:30 PM
Smith Funeral Home
327 N. South Street
Wilmington, OH 45177


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