Robert Orin Watkins
Racine,Ohio
3/25/1940-1/5/2022

     Jesus said, “Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.  Robert O. Watkins, 81 years young, went to rest with our Father in Heaven on January 5, 2022 at the Dayton VA Medical Facility Hospice Unit, after a long battle with cancer.  He was a true-blue, stubborn Marine and served two tours of duty in Vietnam where he was exposed to Agent Orange which was a contributing factor of his illness.  Bob always said that the Marines was the only branch of service; yet, a good friend would always remind him that it took the Navy to get them wherever they were going.  That was always a joke between them.
     Bob was diagnosed when he was 61 and with the good Lord’s mercy and love, and the help received at the Dayton VA Medical Center, he was given an extra 20 years of life.  Although he was a tough, stubborn Marine, Bob had a heart of gold and would have helped anyone in need.
     He touched the lives of many individuals as a glass glazer for Southern Glass in Gallipolis, Ohio and as a vendor at many flea markets.  He traveled to many states repairing and installing glass as well as setting up at various flea markets and celebrations.  He was the manager of Alligator Jack’s Flea Market for several years and at the same time helped his wife, Janine (who survives), with her business, The Leather Place at Alligator Jack’s and in Middleport, Ohio.  He was also a deputy sheriff for the Gallia and Meigs Sheriff’s Departments and the Gallia EMS.  Among other things, Bob was proud to be a member of the VFW Post and Ike’s Gun Club.
     Bob will be greatly missed by his wife, numerous friends, special buddy, Tony Pierce, and his cat, Tiger.  Bob and Tony shared the love of vehicles, building things, and pets.  Semper Fi.
     Memorial services will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 2pm at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy, Ohio.  Calling hours will be held 2 hours prior (12-2pm).  Military honors will be presented by the VFW and the service will be officiated by Pastor Tim Mullins.

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