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Robert John Barlow

November 20, 1946 — September 12, 2021

BARLOW, Robert John, age 74, of Centerville, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021. Robert (Bob) was born on November 20, 1946 in Dayton, OH to the late Albert H. and Josephine M. (Slivinski) Barlow.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, served in the U.S. Army, and was a Vietnam veteran. Bob graduated from Wilbur Wright High School, Manchester College, and earned his Master’s in Athletic Administration from the University of Dayton. He spent 37 years as an Educator at Centerville High School and after retiring, enjoyed working with students in Special Education. Bob was a football, baseball (WBL), and gymnastics coach (Boys Gymnastics State Champions of 1980), avid golfer, and three time marathon runner.

A man of faith, Bob was a 9 year member on the Pastoral Advisory Council at St. Francis, the treasurer for the men’s club, and the chapter founder of Christian Athletes at CHS. A dedicated, patient and loving man, Bob enjoyed boating with his family, backpacking with his son, and playing with his grandkids, he also enjoyed puzzles, playing solitaire and cribbage.

Bob was preceded in death by his siblings, Albert G. (Carolyn), Edward “Butch” D. (Anita Jean), and Josephine A. (Smart) Millar. His memory will be kept alive by his loving wife of 53 years, Debbie (Hunt); children, N. Tenille (Joshua) Redmond, Brandon S. (Kelcey) Barlow; grandchildren, Brace, Parker, Carlee, and Montgomery; sisters, Barbara Mills, Jeri (JT) Townsend, and Mary Barlow, along with many, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The Family wishes to thank Washington-Township Fire Station 43, Ohio Hospice, and the VA Hospice for their support, service & tender care. In lieu, of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Friends are invited to celebrate Bob’s life on Monday, September 20 at ROUTSONG FUNERAL HOME, 2100 E STROOP RD, KETTERING anytime from 5-7PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, September 21 at 10:30AM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 6245 Wilmington Pike, Centerville.

Upon cremation, Bob’s final resting place will be Calvary Cemetery. Due to COVID please consider wearing a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Fond memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

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Monday, September 20, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

6245 Wilmington Pike, Centerville, OH 45459

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