Robert C. “Bob” Ayers

April 7, 2022

Robert C. “Bob” Ayers, 96, of Indianapolis, a former Frankfort resident, died April 7, 2022 at Spring Mill Meadows, Indianapolis.  He was born February 23, 1926 in Frankfort to Lloyd & Ruby (Reed) Ayers.  He was previously married to Oma Hildebrandt.

Bob was a 1945 graduate of Frankfort High School. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He worked for Standard Oil, John P. Pearl & Assoc., and AGIA Insurance Administrators.  He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He was also a member of the American Legion Post 12, Forty & Eight, was a previous member of Lions Club, Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge.  As a member of the American Legion, he received the American Legion Distinguished Leader Award, and was the longest living past Dept. Commander of the State of Indiana (1969-1970), Past Commander, Vice Commander, District Commander and State Commander. He was awarded Sagamore of the Wabash by former Governor Otis Bowen.  Bob was one of two male cheerleaders when Frankfort went to the State Basketball Finals at Butler Field House in 1942. He was a longtime fan of the Cincinnati Reds.

This service will be live-streamed at 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2022.  Please click the link below to participate.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2022 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral services will begin at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial with Military Rites will be in Bunnell Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to American Legion Baseball Department of Indiana, 5440 Herbert Lord Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216.

Survived by:

daughter: Pamela (Jack) Petrilli of Canada, 3 sons: Kenneth Ayers of Indianapolis, Keith Michael “Mike” Ayers of Indianapolis, Rob Ayers of Denver, CO, 1 brother: Kenneth (Nancy) Ayers of Union City, IN, 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Doris Ayers, and Carol Stringer, brothers, Paul Ayers, Roy “Taxi” Ayers, James Ayers, and Don Ayers.


Leave your Condolences

16 Condolences for “Robert C. “Bob” Ayers”

  1. Laurie Beth Bowman April 11, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    So sorry for you loss. God Bless all of you.

    Laurie Bowman, Department of Indiana American Legion Membership Chair

  2. Virginia Bennett April 11, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers. Have wondered about you several times. Long time since St Paul’s Lutheran Church.

    • Pam Ayers-Petrilli April 12, 2022 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Virginia! I often think about you too.

  3. Lee Harris April 12, 2022 at 9:09 am

    So sorry for the loss of this great American.

    Lee Harris

  4. Sandi Dutton April 12, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Heartfelt Condolences – in our thoughts and prayers

  5. Paulette (Hupe) Bowen April 12, 2022 at 11:03 am

    I am so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. My condolences to all of his family. I worked with Bob for ten years (1974-1984) as Office Manager at the Indianapolis branch office of John P. Pearl & Associates located at 62nd & Keystone Avenue. He was my boss and he was also my dear friend. We kept in touch for many years after I left Pearl & Associates. His was a friendship I always treasured. Not surprised to know he lived to be 96 years old. He was always so ornery and full of spunk ! -Paulette (Hupe) Bowen

  6. Dennis Boland April 12, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Mike, Dianne and I are so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed your father’s sense of humor and his dedication to helping insure that veterans are always taken care of. He will be truly missed.

    Dennis & Dianne Boland
    NEC, Florida

  7. Karen & Michael Ayers April 13, 2022 at 10:48 am

    To the family, we send our sympathy for the loss of Uncle Bob. He will be missed. He often told how proud he was that Mick and I named our son after his dad, Lloyd Ayers. Uncle Bob was a formidable force of family. God rest his soul. Love to you all.

  8. Joy Hawkins (niece) April 14, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    We will miss Uncle Bob! He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Love to all the Ayers family,

  9. LeRoy Zook Adjutant/Paymaster Frankfort Marines April 15, 2022 at 11:16 am

    Our deepest condolences to the Ayers family. The Frankfort Marine Corps League is so sorry for your loss. Bob joined the Detachment in December 1997 and was active for many years. He was a good man and well-liked by the Clinton County community. Semper Fidelis, Bob Ayers.

  10. Susan E. Davis April 15, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    Mike and Ken

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a nice man and will be missed. Your family is in our prayers.

  11. Karen Schaefer April 15, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    The funeral service was beautiful, and I loved hearing the eulogies from Pam, Rob, Stephanie, and Mike. I also just watched the memorial tribute video, and it was great seeing so many pictures and memories. Uncle Bob was so loved. Sending hugs from Texas!

    Karen, Doug, and Ryan

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