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“So sorry to hear of Bob's death, He was a wonderful man, always made me feel welcome, whether it be family, friend,or work time. I know you all have...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: mollie Dangler - Fort Wayne, IN

“Big Dad ! The best father anyone could ever ask for ! My hero ...I am so greatful for all that he taught me ! All the love that he showed to me and...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Melissa Van Cleave - Fort Wayne, IN

“Sincere Sympathies to the family. Bob was someone that I deeply respected and looked up to. Can't say enough good things about him. I learned a lot...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Bryan Hood - Fort Wayne

“Big Dad always made me feel welcome whenever I would hang out with you guys at the lake. Those were fun times. ”
4 of 21 | Posted by: Shaun Smith - Family Friend

“My sympathy to all of Bob's family. I worked with him many years ago, and he was a wonderful nice man. I am sure his family will miss him. Also, did...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Cheryl Bailey - Fort Wayne, IN

“Very sorry for the loss of such a wonder man, thinking of you as you celebrate the life and memories you all shared. What a blessing he was to...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Amy Blaising - Lafayette, IN

“My sympathies Mary. Remembering the good times we spent with you and Bob. Sending my prayers and love. ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: Nancy Knapke - Fort Recovery, OH

“Our deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss of a great man, no we did not know him, but we do know his daughter Melissa and she is a...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Carlos Ochoa - Fort Wayne, IN

“Susan & Kent,Sincere condolences for your loss. Much love and many prayers being sent your way from the Bromley household. ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Cory & Alexis Bromley - AL

“My sincerest condolences for the passing of big Bob. He was the consummate family man. Loved by his extremely large family and many many friends. ...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Steven DeCarlo - Auburn, IN

“Bob is at peace and in the loving arms of our lord going to miss seeing him everyday ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: Juanita Gordon - Churubusco, IN

“Debbie, I happened to see this. My thoughts and prayers for you and family at this time. I lost mom, Freida, September 5, 2018, Dad in 2008. Is a...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Debra Smith - Bluffton, IN

“Well old friend I guess we are walking in somewhat the same shoes. Miss you ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Sherry Spake

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Dan and Jenny Gebert - Fort Wayne, IN

“Mary I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. It was a great pleasure to work with you and Bob. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. ...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Kathy Madigan - Angola, IN

16 of 21 | Posted by: JACK SMITH - FORT WAYNE, IN

“Mary and children - my sincerest condolences and prayers. Bob was a great guy and friend for my whole lifetime of remembrance. A friend of my older...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Tom Wyss - Fort Wayne, IN

“My deepest sympathies to Mary and to the whole Family! Terry's lifelong friend and my buddy too! He is already missed. I love you! ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Vicki Kinsey - Palmetto, FL

“Bob a life long friend, my thoughts and prayers go to his loveing family. Fred Brown ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Our hearts go out to everyone. God bless you all. ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Gordon and Debi Baney - Quincy, MI

“Bigger than life! A loving man of family and friends. Everyone was welcomed in his home. I loved you BigDad thank you for all the wonderful...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Cheri Long - Fremont, IN

Robert "Bob" "Big Dad" Marion VanCleave, 85, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at his residence. He was born on June 22, 1933 in Dayton, Ohio to Robert Boden VanCleave and Ramona V. (Roberts) Bond. He was a very successful business owner. On November 9, 1990, he married Mary Rich in Fort Wayne. Bob was a larger than life kind of guy and loved cars, fishing, wood carvings, and IU Basketball. He enjoyed Sunsets at his home on Lake James and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Mary VanCleave of Fort Wayne, IN, children; Debra Gundy of Lake James, Angola, Robert T. VanCleave of Fort Wayne, Susan A. (Kent) Raker of Spencerville, Melissa A. VanCleave of Fort Wayne, Dr. Thomas W. (Christine) Bond of Fort Wayne, and Judi (David) Bond-Quinn, of Garrett, 16 Grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Nancy June VanCleave and sisters; Jean Markey, and Betty Baney. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 5:00pm with calling two-hours prior from 3:00-5:00pm at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825. Memorial donations may be directed to Heartland Hospice and the Alzheimer's Foundation. To sign the online guestbook, visit