ALGER - Robert U. "Bob" Preston, 83, of rural Alger, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 4:21 p.m., at Lima Memorial Health System, of complications following open heart surgery. He was born Jan. 20, 1930, in the home he still resided in, the son of the late William M. and Merle E. (Crowe) Preston. On July 15, 1951, he married Mary K. Clark, enjoying 61 years of marriage, and she survives.

Bob, along with wife Mary, owned and operated the McGuffey Hardware for 55 years. He also operated an excavating business, owned the Scioto Trucking Co., and worked at Excello Corporation, Lima. in his younger years, he raised livestock. He was currently serving as a Marion Township Trustee, and had been a member of the Upper Scioto Valley High School Board of Education. A 1947 graduate of McGuffey High School, Bob was a member of the BPOE, Kenton Lodge 157, and former member of the McGuffey Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed spending time with his friends at the coffee shop, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Other survivors include three daughters, Cheryl (Jim) Eckinger, of Bolivar, Ohio, Deb (Dick) Eley, of Wapakoneta, Cindy (Larry) Underwood, of Alger; nine grandchildren, Michael Eckinger, Jason (Joyce) Eckinger, Jared Eckinger, Matthew (Erika) Eley, Sarah (Kevin) Bill, Brett Eley, Kelly (Tom) Nienberg, Lucas (Holli) Underwood and Rob (Michelle) Underwood; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings Sandra (Roger) Newfer, of Kenton, Marva Lou (Bob) Hooper, of Springfield, Don (Shirley) Preston, of Ada; and sisters-in-law, Vida Preston, of Dunkirk, and Sharon Preston, of McGuffey.

He was preceded in death by sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen (Dennis) Hensel, Jeraldine "Jerri" (Chuck) Kahler, and Rosaline Preston; and brothers Bernard and Irvin Preston.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with Pastor Don Holbrook officiating. Burial followed in Preston Cemetery, Alger.

Memorial contributions can be made to the McGuffey Volunteer Fire Department, or the Alger Volunteer Fire Department.

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