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Robert C. Arbuckle

March 7, 1932 ~ July 25, 2019 (age 87)

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Robert Clinton Arbuckle, 87, of Elkhart passed away on Thursday July 25, 2019 at Paddock Springs Assisted Living in Warsaw. Robert was born on March 7, 1932 in Fairland, IN to Ernest Francis and Mildred Lenore (Hanna) Arbuckle. He married Roberta M. Frend on Nov. 27, 1976 in Elkhart.

Robert honorably served his country in the United States Army.  He was a wonderful cook, and wood worker and doing things on the computer.  He was an avid Cubs fan. He loved his family and his dog “Buddy”.  He retired as a bus driver after 15 years and retired from Honeywell formerly known as Bendix as a maintenance supervisor. He was a Lay Assistant at Zion Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Kane Lodge Free & Accepted Mason. He drove children and their families to the Shriner’s Hospital in Chicago. He was member of the York Rite and the Yeomen, and the Elkhart Moose Lodge #599 in Elkhart. He was on the Board of Directors for the Elkhart County Parks Dept. 

Robert is survived by his children, Jeanette (Earl) Barger of Leesburg, IN and Gregory (Teresa) Arbuckle of Sun City Center, FL and his grandchildren, Brian (Sharon) Barger, Shannon (Matt) Houlihan, Michael (Jessica) Barger, Amanda (Richard) Spall, Drew (Amber Arbuckle, Abagail Arbuckle, Anna Arbuckle, Alyssa Arbuckle, Audrey Arbuckle, Derek (Taylor) Arbuckle and Garrett (Melissa) Bray as well as 21 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Roberta in 2015, his sister and her husband Marilyn and Raymond Wisker.

Friends may visit with family from 3-6 pm on Sunday July 28, 2019 at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd, Elkhart where a Masonic memorial service will be held at 6 pm.  Funeral services will be on Monday July 29, 2019 at 10:30 am at Zion Lutheran Church, 20943 CR 6, Bristol, IN 46507 with visitation at 10 am. Interment with military honors will follow at Zion Cemetery.   Memorial donations may be in memory of Robert to the church. Online condolences may be made on the funeral home website.

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July 28, 2019

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home
1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

Funeral Service
July 29, 2019

10:30 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
20943 CR# 6
Bristol, Indiana 46507

Graveside Service
July 29, 2019

11:15 AM
Zion Cemetery
CR# 6 and CR# 19
Bristol, IN 4607


Zion Lutheran Church
20943 County Road 6, Bristol IN 46507

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