Bobby Lee Mabry, 76, of West Mansfield, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Mary Rutan Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
A 1958 graduate of East Liberty High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army and worked as a machinist at Harding Machine for 46 years. A man of great faith, Bobby was a member of the West Mansfield Baptist Church.
Being known as quite the instigator, Bobby along with his twin brother Jimmy, were well-known for tormenting the regulars at the old grocery store on State Route 540.
He loved mowing on his John Deere tractor, collecting toy tractors, watching the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cincinnati Reds, old comedy shows and the news on TV, reading the newspapers and talking politics.
Born Sept. 28, 1938, in Bellefontaine, he was a son of the late Clem Gerald and Myrtle Emma Ritter Mabry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Judy Mabry; a sister, Vivian Sharon; and sisters-in-law, Jean Sharp and Toy Mathys-Herbert.
On July 19, 1997, a day that brought his smile back, Bobby married the love of his life, Carolyn “Joy” Mathys and she survives in West Mansfield, along with his sons, Daniel L. Mabry of Lakeview, Dale R. (Tonya) Mabry of Marysville, Dr. David Marine (Theresa) Mabry of Powell and Duane M. (Joy) Mabry of Westerville; a stepdaughter, Sherry (Rick) Pugh of West Mansfield; grandchildren, Chandler Mabry, Ronald (Chandra) Burks, Michael (Genny) Muns, Melissa Cole, Brian Bogolin, Virgil Alexander, Taylor Christine and Gabriel Robert Mabry, Reagan S., Ainsley J., Haven S. and Lucas M. Mabry, Josh (Cori) Pugh, Cody (Megan) Pugh and Trenton Pugh; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Susan "Short" Peachy of Zanesfield; a brother, Gerald Lucian Mabry of Centerburg and his twin brother, Jimmy Keith (Cheryl) Mabry of West Mansfield; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers- and sisters-in-law.
The Rev. Kevin Orr officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20, at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, 222 West Center St., West Mansfield, where visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Burial is at the York Center Cemetery, with military rites by the Union County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donation in memory of Bobby be given as either your presence at the benefit dinner for Cystic Fibrosis in Honor of Lahna from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the West Mansfield Conservation Club, 701 S. Main St., West Mansfield, or a memorial contribution be given to that benefit in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.