Robert "Bobby Dean" Elsea

1944 - 2019

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Robert D. "Bobby Dean" Elsea, 75, of Arlington passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Bob was born on July 14, 1944 to the late Lester E. and Fannie I. (Hosafros) Elsea. He married Linda C. Brinkman on October 24, 1970, and she survives along with two sons: Robert Lynn (Debi) Elsea of Tennessee, and Jeffrey (Jaimee) Elsea of Michigan. Bob is also survived by three grandchildren: Jax Elsea, Sean Landstrom, and Erin (Taylor) Cardin; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Betty (Jack) Huffman. Bobby Dean was a 1962 graduate of Arlington High School. Immediately after graduation, he became a firefighter for the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965, serving through 1966. After returning home, he began his EMS career in Arlington, when EMS was with Crates Funeral Home. He served his community as a member of the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department for 32 years, serving as Fire Chief for 14 of those years. He was also a member of Appleseed EMS for many years, also serving as EMS Chief. He was also a farmer, welder and excavator for many years and a member of Good Hope Lutheran Church. In all, Bobby Dean served his country and the Village of Arlington proudly for over 57 years. Visitation for Bobby Dean will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 2:00-8:00pm at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington and for one hour (10:00-11:00am) prior to the service at the church. A funeral service will begin at 11:00am on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Good Hope Lutheran Church, with Pastor Steve Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow in Arlington Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington Volunteer Fire Department, or Appleseed EMS in memory of Bob. Online condolences can be expressed to the family by visiting

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio
    Thursday, October 3rd 2019 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Good Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church[Map]
    300 South Main Street
    Arlington, Ohio 45840
    Friday, October 4th 2019 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, October 4th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Good Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church [Map]
    300 S. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

  • Final Resting Place:

    Arlington Cemetery [Map]
    18470 Twp Rd 71
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

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Condolences For Robert "Bobby Dean" Elsea

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To : Linda and family
Date :Tuesday, October 1st 2019
From : Susan and Brad Wolford
We are very sorry for your loss. I have many fond and funny memories of Bobby Dean.

To : Linda and family
Date :Tuesday, October 1st 2019
From : Bruce and Shari Brauneller Sarber
I am truly sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Bobby coming into Brinkmans when I worked there. He always left us laughing. May God grant you comfort over the upcoming days and weeks.

To : Robert Bobby Dean Family
Date :Tuesday, October 1st 2019
From : Jack Glick
Losing someone who is loved and needed is life's greatest sadness.
But although they are no longer with us, may you find them always
in your heart.
Caring thoughts are with your family today, Expressing the sympathy words cannot say.
My deepest sympathy.

To : Linda Elsea and family
Date :Tuesday, October 1st 2019
From : Linda Foltz
So sad to hear of Bobby Dean passing He was one of the good Arlington High School

To : Robert and the Elseas
Date :Tuesday, October 1st 2019
From : Billy Oatton
My heart goes out to you and your family. You guys were always such big personalities and Bobby was one of the biggest I've ever known. I’ve been away for a long time, but I still remember all the sirens, the Ecto-1, and how he always had a great laugh and huge smile most of the time. And maybe a dirty joke or two.

I’ll be thinking of you and all the good memories of my youth and my your dad Rest In Peace an find heaven with plenty of open roads and hot rods.

Billy Patton

To : Linda and family
Date :Tuesday, October 1st 2019
From : Jon Treece
Please accept my condolences on Bobby Dean’s passing. He was certainly one of the “good” guys and always fun to be around. He will be greatly missed by myself and all of his high school classmates.

To : Linda and family
Date :Tuesday, October 1st 2019
From : David and Angie Rodabaugh
Bobby was always good for a laugh and always there to help when needed. Very incolved with the fire department and the EMS. I worked with him many times!! He will be missed!!

To : Linda
Date :Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
From : Greg And Vickie Snyder
Linda and Family,

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Bob was one of those very special people who never knew a stranger. Growing up he was one of the older guys in town that I knew. If you ever needed any kind of information, Bob would always have an answer.

Bob was one of the first unofficial engineers that I knew and was always building or working on something. He gave me my first go kart ride, from what I now believe was a home made go kart. In the end the ride didn’t turn out so well, but it was still fun. Of course there are many more stories, but for the sake of space I’ll stop.

The other thing that I will always remember about Bob was the fact that even if he was busy or having a bad day you could always count on a friendly smile and welcome.

Bob was a true Arlingtonian and will be missed by more than just a few people who knew him.

Sincerely - Greg and Vickie Snyder

To : The Elsea Family
Date :Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
From : Plastic Omnium
With deepest sympathy for you loss.

To : The Elsea Family
Date :Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
From : John and Sandi Moore
It saddened us to hear of Bobby Dean's passing. He was a cherished friend since childhood and we grew up together in Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington.
We worked together for many years and he was a big part of the entire HANCO family.
May God be with and comfort the entire Elsea Family through this difficult time.
With prayers and sympathy,
John and Sandi Moore

To : The Elsea Family
Date :Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
From : Bob Reiter
Condolences to your family.

I remember Bob when I was just starting on the Mt Cory fire department many years. He was a great inspiration to many people on the fire departments and EMTs around many areas and touched many other lives in a positive way.

Peace be with you and your family

To : Bobby Dean Elsea Family
Date :Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
From : Ruth Ann Redick Cindy Scott Tony and Lori
To family of Bobby Dean Elsea,
So very sorry to hear of your loss and extend our love and sympathy! And to Linda, so sorry and our hearts go out to you!!!
We have such good memories of how Bobby Dean had helped us so much through the years at our family business!!! He knew how to fix everything!!!!
Love, Ruth Ann Redick,
Cindy Dillman, Scott Redick, Tony and Heather Redick, and Lori Redick

To : Bobby and Debi
Date :Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
From : Kevin and Carolyn
Bobby and Debi and your entire family, we send our heartfelt condolences. Hugs and Prayers to you all. Love you guys.

To : Linda
Date :Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
From : Patrick Ball
My sincere condolences to you and your family.We have many great memories and Bobby will be missed

To : Bob Elsea Family
Date :Thursday, October 10th 2019
From : Karen Bishop Forcht
Linda and Family: So sorry to learn of Bob's passing. Saw him at the 1962 55th reunion. Great talking with him--he still had his sense of humor. He was one of a kind. Always the jokester of our class and loved by all. He will be missed at our next class get together.

To : Jeff Elsea and Family
Date :Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
From : The Hurt Family
On behalf of the Hurt family, we send our condolences and heartfelt sympathy.

To : The family
Date :Thursday, October 3rd 2019
From : Andrew and Beth Solt
You have our condolences, he was a great Arlingtonian.

To : Jeff Jaimee Jax and family
Date :Thursday, October 3rd 2019
From : Richard and Judy
My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. I pray for your peace and comfort during this difficult period.

To : Linda and family
Date :Thursday, October 3rd 2019
From : Gary and Pam Burns
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Remember Bobby Dean coming into the office and sharing many a story. Sending you our love and hugs, Gary and Pam

To : Linda and Family
Date :Thursday, October 3rd 2019
From : Jerome and Betty Glick
Dear Linda and Family,
You have our sincere sympathy in the loss of Bobby Dean. He was a 'great guy' and will certainly be missed by many. I well remember the ride I ask him to give me in his 1963 white Chevy Super Sport Impala with a "409" engine (cubic inch and HP) and 4 on the floor. It began at "The Gulf," went west on '103' to the Eagle Creek and back to the "The Gulf." A thrill that lasted me a life-time. I'm sorry, but we'll not be able to attend visitation due to my hurting back and extreme pain in walking. We'll be praying for you, trusting God to give you His peace and comfort in the days to come.

To : Bobby Dean's Family
Date :Thursday, October 3rd 2019
From : Charlie and Carol Breitigam
So sorry for your loss of such a special guy. He will be missed by many.

To : Linda and family
Date :Saturday, October 5th 2019
From : Rex and Audrey Bishop
Please accept our sincere condolences. Bobby was one of a kind, a fun-loving individual with a bit of wildness. A ride in his 409 Chevy was an adventure few could
forget. He was a tremendous asset to the Arlington community.

To : The family of Bobby Dean
Date :Saturday, October 5th 2019
From : Christine Musgrave Beard
So sad I was over 4000 miles away and was not able to be with you for Bobby Dean's visitation and funeral.

My heart goes out to you all.

I will miss Bob more than words can say.

Love to you all and I will see you Linda when I get back on Road 152 at the end of October.


To : Linda and family
Date :Sunday, October 6th 2019
From : Karen Hosafros and Ray Laakaniemi
Our hearts go out to you for your loss! Cousin Bob was certainly an asset to the Arlington community and will be always remembered for his kindness and caring.
Our sympathy and thoughts are with you and we treasure our memories of him!

To : Robert Elsea Family
Date :Sunday, October 6th 2019
From : Joe Clevenger
Condolences to the family and friends of a really good man. Rest in peace, my brother.