Hanwell, Robert “Bob J.”

Robert “Bob” J. Hanwell, 91, of Medina, passed away peacefully while Nancy, wife of 67 years, held his hand Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Elmcroft of Medina in Medina, Ohio.  He was born in Marsteller, Pennsylvania, on August 25, 1929 to Richard and Ada (nee Burley) Hanwell.

Bob was in the Air Force from 1948-1952.  He worked at Ford Motor Company in Brookpark, Ohio, for 31 ½ years, retiring in 1984.  Bob was a member, elder and deacon of Brunswick Reformed Church.  He was involved in Brunswick Youth Sports where he managed teams and coached his children and grandchildren.  Bob also volunteered at the Medina Community Service Center for years.  He loved hunting and fishing.  Bob also enjoyed gardening and his fruit trees, passing that knowledge along to his family.

Bob leaves behind his loving wife, Nancy Hanwell of Medina, son Dennis (Chris) Hanwell of Medina, daughter Kim (Jim) Welsh of Brunswick, grandsons Jimmy (Katie) Welsh of Berea, Jon (Kristy) Hanwell of Medina, Jeff (Katie) Welsh of Lancaster, granddaughters Jamie (Kyle) Taylor of Brunswick, Jen (Rob) Carr of Brunswick, Nicole (Sean) Baisden of Medina, along with 7 great grandsons and granddaughters (Robbie Welsh, Joey Welsh, Madison Baisden, Calista Carr, Tommy Welsh, James Welsh and Aiden Baisden).

Bob was proceeded in death by his parents, all 9 of his siblings, his oldest son Robert M. Hanwell and infant son David J. Hanwell.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

The family thanks Elmcroft of Medina for graciously allowing us to come there so we could spend time and comfort Bob before his passing.   The family also thanks many friends and neighbors for their help in caring for Bob over the past few years.


In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bob Hanwell’s memory to Brunswick Reformed Church, 3535 Grafton Road, Brunswick OH, 44212.

Posted in Obituaries.


  1. Mr Hanwell i will always remember your gentle but strong way of speaking i always thought you had the nicest smile..i remember like it was yesterday when Bob first introduced me to you and Mrs Hanwell, it was at a wedding reception in Brunswick, your greeting was so warm and friendly. I also loved the toy box you so lovingly made and gave to each grandchild..jamie loved hers. You will be missed by many but not forgotten..

  2. Bob, was a wonderful man. He was the epitome of what a husband should be. A loving father and friend. I have so many wonder memories of Bob and Nancy for so many years. All of the Moss Creek picnic’s so much fun. I will always be grateful for how good they were to my Mom. I love both of you.

    • Any one who had the great pleasure of meeting Bob or having Bob in their life in any form or fashion was truly blessed. Bob touched many lives and served rather than be served. He was a loving, kind and compassionate human being that will be sorely missed. The world will be a sadder place with him gone but heaven is rejoicing! Thank you for allowing me to know you Bob, I will miss you. Until the next time…

  3. So many wonderful memories of Bob . He was loved by family and friends. We thought of him more as a brother than an in law. He will be truely missed.

  4. Bob was always such a good man – my parents enjoyed their friendship with the Hanwells. I will be in prayer for peace and comfort for this family.

  5. We will truly miss this wonderful man. He always made our family feel so special!! We were so blessed to of known such a kind and loving man. We will be in prayer for Nancy and the rest of his family!! God Bless!!!

  6. We were so blessed to have known such a kind and loving man. Bob always made our whole family feel so special!! Thank you Lord for letting us have the time that we had with Bob and his wonderful wife Nancy. God Bless.

  7. Bob was the essence of a Christian Man. He loved the Lord and served him, He loved his family,
    and he welcomed all who were seeking. We am so glad that our paths crossed and we walked together for a short time. I will always remember his ready smile and his love of baseball. I am happy for him, because he is home with Jesus, but I am so sad for the family he left here on earth. My sympathies to all of you. You will be in our prayers in the coming days.
    Larry and Linda Hebrink

  8. What a dear dear man Bob (Mr. Hanwell to me) was. He loved in me as a little girl, as a teen, as an adult. He always had encouraging words for me albeit singing or playing piano or playing church softball. He always had a hug for me coupled with the narrow lipped, a little bit crooked grin. He always called me Patty. I’ll always hold you dear, “Bob.” We’ll see you soon. Save me a seat near the piano… or third base!

  9. What a dear dear man Bob (Mr. Hanwell to me) was. He loved in me as a little girl, as a teenager, as an adult. He always had encouraging words for me albeit at the piano or singing or playing church softball. I’m going miss the hugs he could always spare for me and the crooked grin he’d send my way. We’ll see you soon enough, Bob. Save me a seat…either near the piano or third base! Soon enough we each round third and head “home “.

  10. I am so sadden to hear of his passing. Bob and Nancy both are very kind hearted people. Prayers for all of you.

  11. I remember when I first started going to BRC 40+ years ago. Bob and Nancy greeted me with open arms. Always checked on me. I will never forget the warmth of Bob’s smile. Love you Bob and Nancy. Praying for comfort and peace for all of you.

  12. When I first met Bob and Nancy, I fell in love with them instantly. I remember the very first time young Bob brought me over to have lunch with them and how they made me feel so at home and welcomed! I didn’t want to leave because we had such great conversations! Bob treated everyone with such respect, and if you got to know him well as I did, he called you “Buddy.” He was everything you wanted in a man; handsome, kind, generous, respectful, intelligent and loved to laugh. He and Nancy were the greatest couple I had ever met and the only other people in my life that I loved as much as my own parents. I am both lucky and grateful for the time in my life that I was able to refer to them both as “Mom & Dad.”

  13. Bob was such a kind and loving man.
    He will be missed by all who knew him.
    My heart breaks for Nanci and his children.
    You were blessed with him in life and now you truly have an angel in heaven.

  14. I’m remembering this great man, who always had a kind word to say and a smile on his face.
    We’re praising God for the opportunity to know this wonderful man through all our years at Brunswick Reformed Church.
    Lord, thanks for this Godly man, and for the legacy of love and faith that he leaves behind.
    Father, please be with Nancy and Bob’s entire family and friends. Bob will be truly missed, but we rejoice because we know that he is with YOU now, and we will also see him again one day.
    Rest in Peace Bob
    Love, Jim and Eileen Smalley

  15. I knew Bob while in Brunswick Youth Sports, as well as Nancy. Bob was a great guy, and friend. I know he will be missed by his family. M y prayers are with the family. Rest in peace, my friend

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