Robert Ramsey Nedblake, 78, of Ellijay, Georgia and formerly of Gahanna, Ohio passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 24th after contracting Covid 19. Bob was an easy target for the virus having been diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in May. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Marcela Nedblake and ex-wife Penny Nedblake. He is survived by his son Jeff and wife Leah, their children Sara and Colin, niece Bonnie Schmidt and her children Kelsey and Drew, along with niece Kim Costo and family. In addition, Bob is survived by the many special friends made in Ohio and Georgia.
At work and at play, Bob never knew a stranger and was a loyal confidant. He worked as a sales professional for many years in the photo copier and automobile industries and particularly enjoyed delivering NAPA Auto Parts inventory for rural stores in North Central Ohio. During his leisure time, Bob’s love for flying was fueled by washing the owner’s plane in exchange for flight time in pursuit of a pilot’s license. Bob also had a propensity for tinkering on small engines and his neighbors often counted on him to get their lawnmowers in working order when they themselves were at their wit’s end. Gathering with friends made at the local classic car and classic scooter clubs was a favorite pastime as evidenced by decades of Hemming’s Motor News memorabilia. Despite the Atlanta traffic, he relished traveling to watch his grandchildren Sara and Colin play sports and to celebrate special occasions. The friendship he forged with Derrick Williams from the soccer community during the games was especially important to Bob.
Though Bob never hit the super lotto with those same numbers he played religiously for years, his family rests well knowing Bob decided all those people getting up early to attend church on Sundays weren’t so crazy after all. With the help of his friend, Kris Morris and inspired by the many people he saw walking the walk such as the Bailey family from Columbus, Ohio and Bo and Dewell Sanford from Ellijay, Georgia, Bob finally made the choice to say yes to the only question we need to get correct in our lives. Our Heavenly Father brought him home within a day of Bob accepting that the unexplainable is undeniable and He exchanged one day of trust from Bob for an eternity in Heaven.
The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude for the care and compassion shown by the Gilmer County Health Care community, including the great staff at Parkside Center for Nursing & Rehab and the Cameron Hall retirement community. We would like to convey special appreciation to Dr. Melanie Clemmons, who Bob adored, for her unparalleled concern.
The family invites anyone who would like to join us at the Little Bobby Pavilion at the North end of the park in Elljay, Georgia on Sunday, September 12th at 3PM while we smile and share memories of Bob. Bob’s remains will be buried in a private ceremony at a later date. If desired, donations can be made to your favorite animal shelter in Bob’s memory.Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com.
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