Obituary — Robert Underwood

Jan. 9, 1921 — Feb. 16, 2012
Robert L. Underwood, 91 of Port Clinton, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 16, at Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton. He was born on Jan. 9, 1921 in Toledo, the son of Henry L. and Emma (Ottoman) Underwood.

Bob started cooking when he graduated from high school. He cooked for the crew on the highway construction for two years. Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Army. On Sept. 19, 1943, in South Bend, Ind., he married Ethel Gene Rhoades and she survives. In 1946, he moved to Port Clinton, to take over the Crystal Hamburger Shop, where he changed the name to Bob’s Grill in 1951 and also had a Bob’s Grill in Fremont for 10 years. He owned and operated many businesses such as Underwood’s Restaurant, the Camp Perry Club House, Camp Perry Snack Bar on the Beach for 10 years, Camp Perry drive in, Fremont Oil Restaurant along with the bus stop, Seafare Room, next door to the restaurant, catering room for weddings, etc. where all the service clubs would meet, Lake Hotel Dining Room for two years, Lakeside Hotel dining room for two years, concession stand at Lake View Park for 10 years, catering from the restaurant downtown, weddings, box lunches, vending machines and on site food service at Uniroyal and small Seafare Room and Calvery Room at Avalon for two years. Bob could be found flipping pancakes at many charitable events throughout Port Clinton. He was a member of the Elk's Lodge No. 1718 and the V.F.W. Homer D. Gardner Post No. 2480. Bob will be greatly missed by his loving friends and family.
Survivors include: wife Ethel R. Underwood; children Sharon Johnson, Mike (Diane) Underwood, Steve (Lisa) Underwood and Pat (Dave) Potempa; grandchildren Travis (Tracey) Johnson, Andrew (Shannon) Johnson, Cassandra (Mike) Botti, Alexandria Underwood, Neal (Kara) Carr and Quentin Potempa; great-grandchildren Bayard, Amelia and Ava Johnson. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth; and sister, Dorothy Underwood Smith.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton, where there will be an Elk’s Lodge of Sorrow service at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. James N. Lehman at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, with a military graveside service conducted by the V.F.W. Homer D. Gardner Post No. 2480. Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be given to Ottawa County Humane Society. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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