It is with the deepest sadness that the Triplett family announces the passing of Robert “Bob” Sylvester Triplett, age 97 on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Robert is survived by his wife, Irene (Hunter) Triplett, 6 children, Robert (Adrienne) Triplett, Jr., Nancy Detrick, Mary Roberta (Tom) Hashem, Douglas (Debra) Triplett, Jeffery Triplett and Carol Triplett, grandchildren, Christopher (Mary Kate) Triplett, Steven (Elizabeth) Triplett, Katrina (David) Fine and Jason (Carol) Detrick, many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary (Haley) Triplett, 2 infant children, daughter-in-law, Violette Triplett, granddaughter, Holly Triplett, sister, Mary Miller and brothers, Royal and Wendell Triplett.
A life-long resident of Ohio, Bob had a multitude of accomplishments in his life. He was the first high school athlete to run the mile in under 5 minutes and was a Golden Glove boxer. Bob was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. During World War II, he trained pilots in the use of radar on combat missions. He had many careers, including working for Philco and DuPont and he owned and operated a gun shop in Chillicothe. He studied to become a broadcast engineer and was General Manager of WKOV in Wellston, Ohio. He and his brother, Wendell formed Triplett Broadcasting Company and acquired WTOO in Bellefontaine, Ohio and several other radio stations and television station Channel 53 in Chillicothe. He was a private pilot and owned a Cessna 172 which he flew cross country to California.
After “retiring” at age 70, he and his wife Irene purchased a 60 plus acre farm in Ross County, raising cattle and farming feed corn. He was a great enthusiast of John Deere tractors and owned several over the course of his life. He loved animals, especially his dogs, Dexter and Bradley. He also enjoyed woodworking and created some very beautiful pieces. He was a devout Christian and a member of the First Wesleyan Church. Bob left a lasting impression on many people’s lives and his absence will leave an enormous void in the lives of his family and friends.
Due to the current pandemic situation, private graveside services will be held in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Kingston, Ohio. Calling hours will not be observed. The family is planning and will announce a public Memorial Service when conditions allow.
The Fawcett Oliver Glass and Palmer Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.