Robert Leonard Verbarg


Robert Leonard Verbarg, 91, of Noblesville, passed away on April 7, 2018.

He was born February 10, 1927 in Beech Grove, to Lawrence and Florence (Higgins) Verbarg. He was raised in Indianapolis and attended Little Flower Parish and grade school. He attended Arsenal Tech High School and graduated in 1945 from Cathedral Catholic High School.

He immediately enlisted in the Army Air Force to join our troops in fighting World War II. He was stationed in the Middle East and North Africa and served as a military police officer and a transmitter operator.

He was a patriot and proud World War II veteran who served his country with honor.

In June 1949, Robert married Marcella May Rhoden in Indianapolis. They eventually relocated to Columbus where they would live for 25 years and raise their two daughters.

He was employed by Quality Mill Supply Co. in sales from 1956 until his retirement in 1986.

In 1987 Robert and Marcella retired to Lake Placid, Florida.

When his wife Marcella passed away in 1993, he married Mildred Heck in 1995.

He and Mildred remained in Lake Placid until her death in 2013. Soon after, Robert moved to Noblesville to live with his daughter and grandson.

Robert is survived by his daughter, Mary Jo (Verbarg) Eppink; stepdaughter, Carolyn Joyce (Heck) Smith, stepson, William John Heck Jr.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sisters, Virginia (Verbarg) Neff, Marylyn (Verbarg) Marten and brother, Lawrence Verbarg. In addition to his parents and two wives, he was predeceased by his daughter, Teresa (Verbarg) O’Neal.

A memorial mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, immediately followed by a celebration of life luncheon in the Parish Life Center Social Hall.