Robert Joseph Niedenthal

  • Born: January 26, 1942
  • Died: May 27, 2019
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Wilson St Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory - Franklin Township Chapel

5950 E Thompson Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Tel. (317) 783-3653

Tribute & Message From The Family

With family by his side, Robert (Bob) Joseph Niedenthal, 77, of Indianapolis passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019. A funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, at Holy Name Catholic Church, 89 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove, with burial to follow at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory-Franklin Township Chapel, 5950 E. Thompson, Indianapolis.

Bob was a fun-loving son, brother, husband, dad, uncle, grandpa and friend. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marsha; wonderful daughter, JoEllen (Jo), and her husband, Larry Price, and loving son, Richard (Rick) Niedenthal; four fantastic grandchildren: Kelly (Price) Barger and her husband, Christopher Barger, Matthew (Matt) Niedenthal, Taylor Price and Katelyn (Katie) Price; and precious great-granddaughter, Koraline (Kora) Barger. Bob is also survived by his three sisters: Rose Tanner, Carla Schlenz Volz and her husband Gary Volz and Elizabeth (Betty) Walda. He was all about his favorite nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly and teased often. Bob had an enormous extended AA family — AA was part of his life for 35 years. He mentored, sponsored and loved his AA family, and attended meetings almost every day before his last illness His AA buddies called him "Spiritual Bob" because of his great faith. His AA golf outing and Kentucky trips were legendary, which he participated in for more than 20 years.

In his younger days, Bob attended St. Roch's grade school, and still had lunch with his classmates. He and Marsha remained friends over the years with many of his classmates from Sacred Heart High School, where he graduated. Marsha's classmates from Franklin Central High School adopted Bob as one of their own, often sharing lunch and laughter every month. Bob loved to travel, and was lucky to be married to a travel agent who helped them enjoy trips all over the world. His love for life was contagious, and he shared it with people he met worldwide.

Bob had an impressive quick wit and amusing sense of humor like no other, especially among his Kroger, bowling and softball buddies. All of his Kroger friends and their families shared many vacations and day trips to Kings Island. Bob never met a stranger, and always had a light-hearted attitude. His decked-out Halloween parties with Marsha, family and friends were infamous. He loved golf with a passion, even sinking a hole-in-one, and sporting a one-handed swing. Bob also had a special way of saying hi and goodbye that many of his friends and family will remember fondly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fight for Sight, a nonprofit Bob supported through his best friend, Gil Iames, whose son went blind at a young age. Fight for Sight promotes eye research to cure blindness and supports eye clinics and vision projects worldwide. Also, donations in Bob's name can be made to Southside Fellowship Center, his home away from home almost every weekday morning for breakfast and a meeting. Bob was truly one-of-a-kind, and a hero to everyone who loved him.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry to learn of Bob's passing. You both were so very kind to me.

Posted by Margaret Hilarides - Sun City Center, FL - Friend   August 27, 2019

Sorry to hear about Bob .He was a great guy.

Posted by Mike and Janet Anderson    June 05, 2019

Bob always had a big smile and warm greeting. He was a very nice man that I will always remember fondly.
Deepest sympathy to his family. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Posted by Stacey Cole - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   June 01, 2019

Always a smile, loving and devoted everyone in his life. RIP Bob. You will always live in hearts, minds, love and laughter. Already missed. ♥

Posted by Deb Rode - Indianapolis, IN - Family   May 31, 2019

Dear Marsha and Family,
When I think of Bob I immediately think of his smile. I don't recall a memory when he wasn't smiling and brightening others' day with his humor and wit. He, and you, have been through so much together, side by side. What a wonderful testimony of a loving family. Bob will be missed, but never forgotten.

Posted by Cathy (Niedenthal) Rohrer - Plainfield, IN - Family   May 31, 2019

What a loving obituary. It sounds like Bob was a wonderful person who had many varied interests, loved people, did good things regarding research for the blind, and enjoyed life. He will be missed by his nephew, Daniel J. Tanner who is my son-in-law. May he truly Rest In Peace.

Posted by Sharon Darr - Grand Ledge, MI   May 30, 2019


Dear Marsha, Jo Ellen and Rick,

Sorry to hear about Bob's passing. He was a fun loving person and a great neighbor for many years.
Gerry (Red) and Sue Cornelius and family.

Posted by Gerry Cornelius - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   May 30, 2019

We love you, Bob! You were one of my first comedy influences, and will always have a special place in my heart. So glad my dad worked at Kroger so our families could all be so close. We'll never forget your smile.

Posted by April Allford - Morristown, IN - Family Friend   May 30, 2019

Dear Niedenthal Family -

I am so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. You know mom and dad (Bob and Tasha Adams) were very fond of Bob. Bob had a very warm and kind heart. Know that you have many people that have you in their prayers. Love, Shellie Adams-Swift

Posted by Michelle Adams-Swift - Greenwood, IN - Family Friend   May 29, 2019

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