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Robert Joseph Diersing passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday (Aug. 17, 2011) at the age of 72.

He was born on Aug. 29, 1938 to Robert Edward and Mary Rose (Klempay) Diersing in Youngstown. Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was a longtime resident of Delaware. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by those who loved him. Bob graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1960 and The Ohio State University in 1962 with a BS and MS in Metallurgical Engineering. His long and distinguished career included positions with the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Reactive Metals Corporation in Niles and Cabot Berylco Corporation in Reading, Pa. For 25 years, he was vice president and sales manager of Semco, Inc. in Marion and has been recognized as an expert in the beryllium die-cast industry. Bob was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware, where he regularly served as an usher at mass, and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. A passionate follower of Notre Dame football, he also enjoyed international travel, classic car shows and looking after his garden and lawn.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Carolyn (Deyo); his children and their spouses, Robert C., Timothy J. (Wendi), Charles M., Sheila (Robert) Blue and Christina Zamarro; his sister, Sister Mary Ann Diersing of Canfield; as well as eight grandchildren and numerous cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 W. William St., Delaware where a vigil of prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware, with the Rev. Fr. James Black officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The St. Mary Bereavement Committee will then host a reception in the Rodman Neeper Community Room immediately following the graveside services.

Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).

To share a memory of Bob or to offer condolences to the family, please visit rodmanneeper.com.

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