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.
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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.
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.
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.