Bob Youngberg laughed at adversity, he felt it was essential to do so in order to deal with setbacks without defeat. Time after time, life dealt hardship and misfortune to him. But with the arsenal of his sharp sense of humor, his confident professional skills, and a loving devoted wife at his side, Bob knew that every setback was a setup for a comeback. Bob Youngberg passed away Monday morning, February 11, 2013, in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was 62.
Born June 10, 1950 in Elyria, to Robert C. and Janice (Kuss) Youngberg, he was graduated from Elyria High School in 1968. He earned his bachelors degree in civil engineering from The Ohio State University in 1972, and in November of that year, he moved to Mansfield to accept a position with Richland Engineering, Limited.
Bob specialized in engineering, development and construction of water and sewer plants. Through his 41 years of service with REL, he moved up to senior partner and served as the treasurer of the company. He was a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Ohio State Professional Engineers and National Society of Professional Engineers.
Bob loved to be active. He loved early morning bike rides and sun-drenched hours spent in his gardens. Bob never let physical disabilities stop his lifestyle. He had a custom bicycle built to his needs, and never let his wheelchair hinder him. His creativity extended to the kitchen. Bob cooked spaghetti and Chinese food better than anyone, and always left the kitchen a wreck.
Part of Bob's activity was just keeping up with his pets. His Lhasa Apso, Maggie, calico cat, Callie and long-haired mix cat, Annie were constant companions.
He is survived by his loving wife, Debra (Naus) Youngberg, whom he married March 20, 1990; a son-in-law, David Mullen of College Station, Texas; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Becky Naus of Weslaco, Texas; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Janet Appel of Weslaco, Texas, Becky and Ron Bergman of Ear Falls, Ontario, Canada, Connie Schultz of Weslaco, Albert "Kim" Naus of Mansfield and Barb Naus of Bellville; numerous nieces and nephews and old college buddies Chris Kafer and Jeff Toussant, both of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Krista Mullen; his parents; a brother, Douglas Youngberg; and a brother-in-law, Ken Appel.
The Youngberg family will receive friends Friday, February 15, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M., in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Saturday, Februadry 16, 2013, at 1 P.M. Pastor Nate Meiers will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the American Diabetes Association may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Youngberg family, and private online condolences may be made to them at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com