Robert Paul PflumDecember 28, 1940 ~ November 13, 2017 (age 76)
Robert “Bob” Paul Pflum, 76, formerly of Connersville, passed away late Monday evening, November 13, 2017, at The Hearth at Stones Crossing, Greenwood, Indiana after a ten year struggle with Alzheimer’s. He fought valiantly until the end when the disease was overwhelming.
One of seven children of John Sebastian and Adele Carolyn Frey Pflum, Robert was born on December 28, 1940, in Connersville.
Bob graduated Connersville High School with the class of 1958 and served his country in the United States Navy, enlisting in 1959. He was positioned as a Radarman on the U.S.S. Rooks in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic during the Cuban missile crisis. Following his honorable discharge in 1962, Robert received his associate degree from Wright Junior College in Chicago, Illinois; bachelor of science in industrial management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; and his MBA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
On September 28, 1963, Bob married the former Sandra Morris. Mrs. Pflum survives.
He was employed at Philco-Ford in Connersville and was an engineer for Schweitzer Corporation in Indianapolis. Bob also worked at Ethyl Corporation in Terre Haute, Indiana and Baton Rouge, Louisiana before taking the position of Plant Manager at Caltherm Corporation in Columbus, Indiana from where he retired in 2005.
Bob was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Indianapolis where he sang with the choir. In his leisure time, he enjoyed playing tennis, boating, running, motorcycling, tree planting, garage sale-ing, attending family get-togethers and being the fun guy with family and friends.
Besides his wife of 54 years, Sandra Pflum, survivors include a son, Eric Pflum (William Eremia) of Palatine, Illinois; a daughter, Shelley (Dan) Day of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Joshua and Madison Day, Olivia and Ethan Pflum-Eremia; siblings, Bill (Carol) Pflum, Mark (Jean) Pflum, all of Connersville, and John (Susan) Pflum of Noblesville, Indiana.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marlene Martin; and two infant sisters, Mary Margaret and Susan Pflum.
The family extends appreciation to the staff at Keepsake Village for their loving care during Robert’s stay at The Hearth. Further thanks go to Great Lakes Caring for the love, respect, and dignity provided to Bob before his journey came to an end.
Family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of prayer service and sharing at 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at St. Gabriel Catholic Church. Reverend Dustin Boehm will officiate. Burial with military honors provided by the Fayette County Veterans Council will follow in Dale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (alzfdn.org/support-us/donate) and online condolences can be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com