Robert H. Gaier

Born: Wed., Mar. 28, 1923
Died: Wed., Jan. 15, 2014


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Jan. 19, 2014
Location: Salm-McGill-Tangeman

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Mon., Jan. 20, 2014
Location: Holy Angels Catholic Church

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Robert H. Gaier, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM at Fair Haven Shelby County Home in Sidney where he had resided since November.  He was born in Fort Loramie, Ohio the son of the late Charles and Eleanore (Overman) Gaier.  On June 24, 1948 he married Marie Bishop and she preceded him in death.  Robert is survived by three daughters, Pamela Elsass and husband Jonathan of Milford, Ohio; Carol Baez and husband Michael of Lutz, Florida and Judy Mumford and husband Bernard of Raleigh, North Carolina; 16 grandchildren, Anne Marie (John) Devlin, Jon Jr. (Angie) Elsass, Dr. Thomas (Amy) Elsass, Sarah (Leon) Cymbaluk, Benjamin (Mary) Baez, Nicholas (Sarah) Baez, Alexander Baez, Marcus Baez, Rachel, Zack, Sophie, Maggie, Ellie, Isaac and Charlie Mumfod, B. J. (Joslyn) Mumford, 17 great-grandchildren, one half sister, Rose Roesser of Sidney and one brother-in-law, Dutch Carey of Sidney.  Robert retired from LeRoi Dresser Industries in 1985, but he is most well known for his music career.  He played saxophone with the Bobby Wertz Band, the Jim Baltes Band at Eldora and the Crystal Ballroom, the Keynotes Orchestra and in more recent times he played with the Frank Neville Orchestra and the New Era Swing Band.  Bob also had a woodwind instrument repair business and has taught many students to play woodwind instruments.  He was a member of the Sidney American Legion having served as a Paratrooper in World War II  in the Phillipines and was a member of the Army Band.  He was also a member of the Dayton Musician’s Associations and a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Rev. Dan Schmitmeyer.  Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney with full military honors.  Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney on Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 1-4 PM.  Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice, 915 W. Michigan Ave., Sidney, Ohio  45365, Fair Haven Shelby County Home, 2901 Fair Rd., Sidney, Ohio  45365 or Holy Angels School, 324 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, Ohio  45365.  Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.  Condolences may be expressed to the Gaier family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home’s web site at:

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

Fairhaven Shelby County Home
2901 Fair Rd. Sidney Ohio, 45365
Tel: 937-492-6900

Holy Angels School
324 S. Ohio Ave. Sidney Ohio, 45365
Tel: 937-498-2307

Wilson Hospice
1081 Fairington Drive Sidney Ohio 45365-2491
Tel: 937- 498-9335

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Tim and Mary Hormann
   Posted Thu January 16, 2014
Mary and I would like to express our sympathy to the whole Family. I will miss my weekly visits with Bob.

Evelyn M. Kuhn
   Posted Thu January 16, 2014
Dear Pam and family,
I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the passing of your father Robert. It is always hard to lose a loved one especially one's parent.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Evelyn Kuhn

Betty and Mark Winslow
   Posted Fri January 17, 2014
Dear Carol and Mike, we are so sorry for your loss. Even when you know it's coming, death is so hard to deal with. You will be in our prayers. If there's anything we can do, please let us know. We love you guys. And our love and sympathy to Ben, Nick, Alex and Marcus as well

Jackie Bergman
   Posted Fri January 17, 2014
To Bob's Family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I knew him from my high school years while at Holy Angels School. He was my music teacher and I played both the clarinet and tenor saxaphone. He was a very good and patience man. I also saw him last when he was in Fort Recovery with the Frank Neville Band. It was nice to visit with him and Frank. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family and this time in your life. Jackie ( Groff) Bergman of Fort Recovery

Michael & Keren Kilgore
   Posted Fri January 17, 2014
Judy, what a full life your father lived. I wish I could have spent some time with him. His homegoing is certainly a celebration in heaven. May you know the peace and comfort of Father during this time. You are so loved! Michael & Keren

Rick and Janet Reder
   Posted Fri January 17, 2014
We are thinking of you and keeping you and your family in our prayers. God bless you during this difficult time.
Love and Peace,
Rick and Janet

Dr. Robyn Gaier
   Posted Sun January 19, 2014
To the entire Gaier Family and to the friends of Bob, know that you have my deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

(granddaughter of Elmer and Rose Gaier; daughter of Roger and Beverly Gaier)

Nettie and JohnDunlap
   Posted Sun January 19, 2014
Pam, Jonathan, Anne, Jon and Amy.....we are so sorry to learn about your father and grandfather. Both your parents were so gentle and kind. Your father gave so much back to the community with his musical talents. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers.

Becky Taylor
   Posted Mon January 20, 2014
Mr. Gaier taught me clarinet. I was not so good at it, but he was patient with me. I remember Pam from Holy Angles School. So sorry for your loss.