*ROBERT LAWRENCE GIFFER
Robert Lawrence Giffer, 89, of Perrysburg, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2020, at Swanton Health Care. He was born March 5, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan, to John and Mary Giffer, and spent much time with his favorite uncle and aunt, Vern and Helen Cook. On September 11, 1954, he would marry Evelyn M. Roman, and they celebrated 66 years together.
A close friend once said, “I wouldn’t be able to joke about Giffer if he wasn’t able to joke about himself. But he can, thanks to the enormous size of his heart. He’s been as unselfish with his time as he’s been with his experience. There’s no way to count the number of young people who’ve passed through Giffer’s tutelage.”
He proudly served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and received the National Defense Service Medal in addition to being honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps in November, 1949 and from the U.S. Navy in September, 1954 (Seaman USNR-R).
In addition to his military service, Robert also received numerous awards and recog-nitions throughout his life, including those from the CDC, Cannes Film Festival, Business Against Drunk Driving and many more. He is well known for his involvement with the local Veterans Administration, where he would collect clothes for veterans in need of assistance as well as being asked by Bette Midler to join and assist with the New York Restoration Project and the AIDS Resource Center.
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn; children, Cynthia Giffer, Robert (Kate) Giffer Jr. and Beth Ann Nissen; grandchildren, Keegan and Colton (Caitlin) Nissen; great-granddaughter, Ellie Nissen; siblings, Joyce Doyle, Sally Ballelli and Patrick Giffer; cousin, Carol Symmonds, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Giffer Jr., and son-in-law, Phil.
Visitation for Robert will be held Monday, November 9, from 10 a.m to noon, at Witzler-Shank Walker Funeral Home, Perrysburg. A memorial service will be held at noon, at the funeral home, with burial following immediately at Resurrection Cemetery, where military honors will be held.
The family of Robert would like to thank Lisa Mitchell and her staff at Swanton Health Care for their compassionate care and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for everything they’ve done.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 East River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. Condolences may be left for the family online at walkerfuneralhomes.com.