Robert Duerk

1959 - 2019

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Robert "Bob" Duerk, 60, passed away at 6:12pm on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born in Cleveland on March 28, 1959 to the late Edwin and Lois (Lewis) Duerk. Bob is survived by his two children: Robert L. Duerk and Brittany L. Duerk, both of Lima. He is also survived by his twin brother, Ronald Duerk of Lakewood, OH; and sisters: Bonnie (Andrew-deceased) Korcsmar of Wellington, OH, and Debbie (John) Luckey of Findlay. Bob spent his career at the YMCA in Findlay where he was the Director of Activities. He was also a longtime volunteer with the Special Olympics. Bob was an inspiration and mentor to many over the years and he always referred to his kids at the YMCA as "Bob's Kids". A private family service for Bob will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Bob's memory can be made to the Special Olympics. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting

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To : Robert Duerk Family
Date :Tuesday, July 30th 2019
From : Chris Miller
I was deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a nice guy and it is heartbreaking to hear this news. All of my buddies at the Y would agree what a likeable good man Bob was. GOd Bless - CHRIS MILLER

To : Ron Bonnie and Debbie
Date :Tuesday, July 30th 2019
From : Charlene Pichler
Ron, Bonnie and Debbie., just wanted you all to know I’m thinking of at this sad and difficult time.
Find peace in your happy memories.
Love, Charlene

To : Robert Duerk Family
Date :Wednesday, July 31st 2019
From : Robert Renner
My condolences to Robert's entire family. I worked with Bob's father, Edwin (Ed) Duerk, at the Plain Dealer and vividly remember him proudly talk of his children. The back yard skating rink is imbued in my mind. I know Robert must have inherited many of Ed's great qualities. May God shine upon Robert.

To : Bob Duerk
Date :Wednesday, July 31st 2019
From : Rhonda Bibler
I was sad to hear that you passed. YOU was a friend that always made me smile and laugh. I will miss you encouragement that you gave me daily.
Rest in peace my friend and we will meet again.
To the family I am sorry for your lost. He always said he had awesone siblings.

To : Bobs family
Date :Wednesday, July 31st 2019
From : Erika Cordes
I reside at Briar Hill and always enjoyed talking
with Bob. He was always friendly and funny.
We often joked around and laughed. He was
one of the few men here and tolerated us
ladies with a smile. I will miss seeing him every
day and talking with him.
My sincere sympathy,
Erika Cordes

To : Bobs family
Date :Wednesday, July 31st 2019
From : Jen Channels Ayala
Bob was my Leader’s Club advisor at Lake County East End YMCA, 30 years ago, for 6 years. There are so many adventures that I experienced with Bob leading the way. I spent countless hours at the Y as a counselor to young children, went to rallies with other Lake County clubs, attended LTS at Mount Union (where I eventually went to college and met my amazing husband), rode a school bus to Camp Fitch (all of us singing the whole way) for the work weekend to set up the camp for the summer, then back to Fitch as a counselor for many summers. Bob was there for it all. All of my favorite teenage memories involve Bob and the YMCA. He was hilarious, kind, giving, firm when I screwed up but always a fabulous mentor. My love for working with children, my compassion for those in need, was encouraged by Bob. Today I am a teacher, married to an amazing man with 2 children of our own. Our daughter has attended Camp Fitch for 3 years now. I will never forget Bob or the impact he made on my life. I’m sure you know the impact he made on others but it was important that I share with you that I still think of him often even after 30 years!

To : Family of Bob
Date :Tuesday, August 13th 2019
From : Linda Ed Newlon
Sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was a great guy who enjoyed being around people. He enjoyed going on outings shopping and to Coons Candy Store. One of Bob favorite things was going to the Hancock County Fair drinking Lemonade and watching the people will miss seeing him this year at the Fair. Mmay you rest in peace till we meet again.