Robert E. Spurk, 85, of Warren, OH passed away on August 22, 2018 of complications of dementia. A lifelong resident, Robert was born in Warren to Raymond and Clara (Lane) Spurk in 1932.
Robert married his high school sweetheart Irene (Sharak) after serving his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Upon leaving the military, Robert and Irene had a son and daughter and kept very busy by founding his own business, Mahoning Valley Gasket Company. Over the years, Bob, as most knew him, partnered with his brothers Ray and Bill to expand the business from gaskets into steel stampings by creating MVG Inc. Aside from being a father and entrepreneur, Bob was President of the Youngstown District Purchasing Management Association and Commanding Officer of the US Navy Sea Cadets in Youngstown, OH.
Bob is survived by his two children: Gregg (Caroline) of Beloit, OH and Denise (John) Conley of Fairlawn, OH, his brother William (Joann) Spurk of Champion, his sisters Rose Smith of Florida and Delores “Toots” (Ken) Vesey of Champion, OH. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Becky (Jeremy) Brown, Matt (Lori) Spurk, Annette (Blake) Mabry, Colleen (David) Kaminsky, and Meredith Hall. Bob also leaves behind 3 great grandchildren: Taylor, Joelle, and Finn. He will also be remembered by his extended family The Hovanec’s, The Devine’s, and the Sharak’s.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Irene, his brothers Ray (Ethel) and Jack (Marie) Spurk, his sister Dorothy (Tony) Naples, and his grandson David Spurk.
Bob spent his childhood and young adulthood making time for his loves of baseball, boxing, tennis, and skating. His passion for playing sports lead to many years of supporting Cleveland teams and spending time watching games with family and friends. He was a generous man whose unwavering work ethic inspired others and provided the funds necessary to put many relatives through college. He had a few bits of advice that he credits for his youthful outlook: take care of your teeth, get a good education, and laugh as much as possible with the people you love.
A private celebration of life will take place at Staton-Borowski Funeral Home 962 North Road NE Warren, OH 44483. No flowers or donations are requested from the family.