Robert Bethel

January 28, 1926 - February 22, 2018

01/28/1926 - 02/22/2018

Past Services

Monday February 26, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions
Monday February 26, 2018
1:00 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions
Monday February 26, 2018
2:00 pm
Union Cemetery
211 Maple Ave.
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-685-1260 | Directions

Robert James Bethel of St. Clairsville, Ohio was taken home by God on February 22, 2018 at the age of 92.

He was born January 28, 1926 a son of the late George and Gladys (Ducker) Bethel in Maynard, Ohio.

He served in the Army during WWII and returned home to attend Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio.

After a short time teaching in Mason, Ohio, Bob returned to St. Clarisville Middle School. He was a science teacher there for 40 years.

He was a long time member of the Thoburn United Methodist Church.

Bob was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard Bethel of Newark, Ohio and William Bethel of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

He is survived by his sister Mary Jane Gummere of Bannock, Ohio and his sisters-in-law: Nancy Bethel of St. Clairsville, Ohio and Mae Bethel of Acworth, GA.

In addition he is survived by his nieces and nephews, WM, Roy (Connie) Gummere of Bannock, Ohio, Richard Alan (Patty) Gummere of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Robert Jay (Kathy) Gummere of Flushing, Ohio, Kirk Bethel of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Brian (Lorie) Bethel of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Sandy Anderson of Newark, Ohio, David (Mary Ann) Bethel of Grandview, Ohio and Jan (Patrick) Goodall of Acworth, GA.

He also has many great-nieces and nephews whom he cherished.

Family and friends will be received at the Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, 204, W. Main St. St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950 on Monday February 26, 2018 from 11 am until time of service at 1 pm with Pastor Tom Jones officiating.

Military Honors will be conferred by the Belmont County Council of the American Legion. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Red Devils Football program or to Thorburn United Methodist Church by going to “”.

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John R Liming
6 years ago

Please accept my deepest and sincerest sympathies at this time of your great loss. Mr. Bethel was my 7th Grade Home Room Teacher at Mason High School, Mason, Ohio in 1951 but he was far more than that. He was one of the best friends I ever had. He not only taught me at school, but he introduced me to The Lord, Jesus Christ through The Mason Methodist Church and he helped me through some of the darkest times of my Teen-aged life… teaching me character and ettiquette and many of the arts of associating with other people. Mr. Bethel never knew a stranger as far as I could tell and he always had time to give to whoever needed him. Because of Bob Bethel this world is a much brighter and better place and I have a hunch that he enriched thousands of other lives besides mine as well. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My heart and my prayers are with you all at this time.

Mary (Savarese) Yeager
6 years ago

Please accept my sincerest sympathy in your loss. Mr. Bethel was my science teacher in Junior High. He was always so kind to everyone, and his gentle methods of teaching helped me learn to much about science. My son delivered the Times Leader to him years later, and again, Mr. Bethel showed his kindness and generosity to my son. I know that he will me missed by so many people. May he rest in peace. He will be kept in prayers as will his family.

6 years ago


Cheryl J Skinner, WV Patriot Guard
6 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Robert James Bethel, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten..
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army WW II Veteran, Robert James Bethel, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †