Obituary of Robert Layer
Robert Wesley Layer (Bob), 94, passed away on December 3, 2022, in Sun City Center, Florida. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1928, to the late parents of Viola E. Houck and Wesley Homer.
He graduated from N.Y.U. with a B.A. in chemistry and the University of Cincinnati with a PhD in Chemistry.
He is predeceased by his first wife Barbara (nee Nelson) and survived by his loving wife Nancy (nee Hitchcock), his 3 children, Steven (Joann), David (Susan), Caren (Ed); 3 grandchildren Erin, Joshua, and Caslin, and his step children, Donna (Ted), Sherry (Ray); 2 step grand- children, Becky (Chris), Ryan (Connie) and 12 step great grandchildren.
He joined the B.F. Goodrich Company R & D in Brecksville, OH where he worked 39 years as a research chemist looking for new chemicals needed for the manufacture of rubber products, antioxidants, accelerators, etc.
Bob published papers, gave technical talks, helped sales and marketing with customer visits where he traveled to interesting places in the world. He was a member of the American Chemical Society Rubber Division and won one of the highest awards, The Melvin Mooney Award, for valuable contributions to science and technology of the rubber industry. Bob was proud of his four patents and two other he worked on jointly. Bob enjoyed golfing, sailing, exercising, traveling, and reading, but the love of his life was dancing and music.
The family will be having a memorial service and celebration of life at 10 a.m. on January 16th at the Sun City Center Funeral Home with lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Association.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert Layer, please visit Tribute Store