Robert A. "Bob" Natharius

Born: Fri., Mar. 9, 1923
Died: Tue., Jun. 28, 2016

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 02, 2016
Location: St. Joseph Memorial Park

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 Robert R. Natharius

March 9, 1923 - June 28, 2016

SOUTH BEND - Robert R. “Bob” Natharius, 93, of South Bend, IN, died on Tuesday, June 28, in his daughter's residence following an illness. Mr. Natharius was born March 9, 1923, to the late Mary ( Knapp) and Julius Natharius and was a longtime South Bend resident. On November 3, 1951, in South Bend, he married Sarah C. Hatch who passed away on November 30, 2010. Surviving are four daughters: Deb Farmer (Jim) and Sally Zablocki (Jim) both of Granger, Cindy Mark of Dublin, OH, and Mary Duncan (Brien) of Veedersburg, IN ; eight grandchildren: Kate and Lauren Farmer, Kristina Youdath (Brian), Alex Mark, Emily and Amanda Zablocki, Liz Duncan, and Matt Duncan (Audrey) and one brother, Donald Natharius. Bob was preceded in death by one brother, Edward Natharius.

Bob served his country in the Navy during WWII as an airplane mechanic. After returning home, he completed a toolmakers apprenticeship at Bendix Corporation, where he was employed for 44 years. Retiring in 1985, he began a career as Grandpa. He also enjoyed helping his son-in-law with fall harvests.

He was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in South Bend. He was active in many Masonic Organizations where he was a Thirty-third Degree Mason. He was also active in Scottish Rite, Avalon Grotto, and Commandery; and he was a DeMolay “dad” for many years. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 2nd, at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park Cemetery (Mausoleum), 375 W. Cleveland Road, Granger.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 333 N. Main St. South Bend, IN or to the Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN 46637.

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Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organizations:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

First United Methodist Church
333 N. Main St., South Bend, IN, 46601

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James F. Johnson
   Posted Thu June 30, 2016
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Kathy and I will be traveling (family vacation) this weekend and will not be able to attend funeral services this Saturday.
I got to know Bob quite well by being a member in his first Sunday usher group at FUMC. He would call us on the Friday evening preceding every first Sunday (he never forgot) to remind us of our ushering obligation on Sunday. Our "reward" at the end of a service was a piece of hard candy, which was consumed immediately - and if he forgot, he heard about it (all in fun of course)! The few Sundays that he missed were usually due to farm harvests on the weekend, and I was temporarily "promoted" to head usher of his group for those times he was absent.
He contributed much to the South Bend community as well as FUMC. He will be missed and Kathy and I extend our sincere condolences to the entire family.

Ed and Judy (Hughes) Hardy
   Posted Thu June 30, 2016
Debbie, Cindy, Sally, Mary and all family members,

We are so sorry to learn of your dad's passing. It was interesting to
see that his new career after retirement was being Grandpa. I'm sure
your children have many wonderful memories of days spent with him.

We will be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers to help you
get through this difficult time.

Ed and Judy

Sue Wright
   Posted Thu June 30, 2016
Sending my deepest sympathy. I hope you find comfort in your memories. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sue Wright

Ann Botka
   Posted Thu June 30, 2016
Dear Sally, Jim, Emily, and Amanda, My thoughts and prayers are with you. It was a pleasure to have known Mr. Natharius. May he rest in peace. Ann

Sandy Lorincz Deavers
   Posted Sat July 02, 2016
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was the last of the group of Bendix and Grotto buddies and know they are all welcoming him in heaven to carry on. Glad he will be reunited with Sally, they were an awesome couple. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you celebrate him.
Blessings, Sandy and Carol