R. Eugene Nobbe, 88, of Connersville, passed away Monday, November 1, 2021 at Reid Health, Richmond.
He was born July 16, 1933 in Fayette County, one of five children of Albert Nobbe and Gladys Locke Nobbe. He graduated from Orange High School in 1951.
In July of 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he spent 18 months in Korea, and he was honorably discharged in July of 1954. Eugene then went to work at General Telephone Company for 23 years. He also drove a school bus for Fayette County School Corporation for 32 years.
While in high school, he was a star basketball player, and he later played with the old timers. He spent his life on a farm in Fayette County and loved old tractors.
In November of 1955, Eugene married Shirley Loper of Alquina. Mrs. Nobbe survives.
He was Orange Twp. Trustee in the 1970’s. He was also a member of Fayette County Farm Bureau and a lifetime member of the Fayette County Free Fair Association.
Together, he and his wife Shirley enjoyed camping. They camped at Manlove Park for many years and were active in the Fayette County Conservation Club. They also traveled around square dancing with the Canal Squares for many years.
Besides his wife of 66 years, Shirley Nobbe, he is survived by four children, Charles (Renee) Nobbe, Linda (Jim) Naylor, Carol Grubbs, and Donna (Jeff) Mathews; a sister, Wilma Fryar; and three brothers, Robert (Darlene) Nobbe, Werner (Alice) Nobbe, and Paul (Joyce) Nobbe. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, Chris (Kayla) Nobbe, Steven (Ashley) Nobbe, Nick (Rholanda) Nobbe, Dan (Hayley) Naylor, Curt (Jessica) Naylor, Joni (Bill) Doig, Andy Grubbs, Amanda Grubbs, Sarah Grubbs, Mark Mathews, Jennifer (Levi) McCashland, Melissa (Mike) Dare, and Krista (Wes) Oler; and 30 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-granddaughter, Vail Grubbs; and a brother-in-law, Harry Fryar.
Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. Reverend Dustin Boehm will officiate. Burial will military honors conducted by the Fayette County Veterans Council will be at Orange North Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fayette County 4-H or to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.