Dr. Robert Earl Ley Sr. | 1893-1959
This blog series explores the lives of Ley ancestors as revealed in their obituaries. Much of this information was gathered during a March 2011 research trip to Tuscarawas and Harrison counties in Ohio. A scan of the obituary is available at the bottom of this post.
From the Times-Reporter (Dover/New Philadelphia), Saturday, Feb. 7, 1959 (front page):
Dr. Ley Sr. Dies at 65
Dr. Robert Earl Ley Sr., 65, Dover’s oldest dentist in number of years in the profession here, died suddenly of a heart attack shortly after 11 a.m. today while treating a patient in his office at 129 W. 2nd St. His home was at 534 E. Iron Ave.
Dr. Ley was a native of Port Washington and was the son of Charles Ley, a former Tuscarawas County treasurer.
He spent most of his youth in New Philadelphia until he graduated at the Western Reserve University Dental School in 1915.
He began his dental practice in Dover in 1916 and continued his office here ever since except for military service in World War I.
He was a charter member of the Dover Kiwanis Club, a member of the Masonic Lodge in New Philadelphia and of the Shrine and affiliated organizations, and of Grace Lutheran Church. He was a past president of the Tuscarawas County Dental organization.
He is survived by his widow, Florence, and a son, Dr. R. E. Ley Jr., who was affiliated with him in the dental profession, and who is a member of Dover City Council.
Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home.
What else was going on in the world on Feb. 7, 1959? Buddy Holly’s funeral was held that day, the Chipmunk Song (by Alvin & the Chipmunks) was a recent number one hit, and New Orleans blues musician Guitar Slim also died that day.