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Robert Joseph Niedenthal

Obituary for Robert Joseph Niedenthal

January 26, 1942 - May 27, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana | Age 77

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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.

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