In memory of
Robert D. "Bob" Volpe
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In memory of
Robert D. "Bob" Volpe
VOLPE Robert D. “Bob” Robert D. “Bob” Volpe, age 90, of Toledo, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Aspen Grove Assisted Living with his loving family at his side. He was born on February 20, 1926, in Aliquippa, PA to Angelo and Loretta (Cervi) Volpe. Bob enlisted in the US Army Air Force reserve while still in high school, and began active duty upon graduation. He and his beloved wife of 67 years, Grace Tranchita, were married July 2, 1949. In 1956, Bob founded AP Federal Credit Union in Toledo at the request of AP Parts Manufacturing owner John Goerlich to encourage employees to save and offer loans. To found the credit union, Bob attended “credit union school” in Pennsylvania, and upon returning, applied for a charter and license. He ran the credit union from his house and plant employees would follow him home after work to apply for loans or deposit a few dollars in their savings accounts. The first loan was for $50 to install indoor plumbing in a member's home. After the first year, AP FCU had 245 members and $21,825 in assets. In 1962, Bob spearheaded the credit union's purchase of the property that houses its main office today. During the 1980's several credit unions merged into AP FCU and “AP” was embraced to stand for “All People.” The credit union received a community charter in 2004 to serve anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers, or attends school in Lucas County. For the first 10 years of the credit union's existence, Bob never took a vacation. He faithfully attended members' weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions. Through his guidance, the credit union grew to over 5,500 members with assets of nearly $39 million. After 53 years of devotion and service, Bob retired from the board of directors in 2009. Bob was a longtime parishioner of Regina Coeli Catholic Church. He was a fan of the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Steelers, and never missed a night of “Wheel of Fortune”, usually guessing the right answers before any of the contestants. A devoted and hardworking husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother, and friend, he will be dearly missed. Bob is survived by his wife, Grace (Tranchita) Volpe; daughters, Peggy (Bruce) Smith, Patty DeCesare, and Debbie (Tim) Rogner; grandchildren, Amy, Angie, Bill, Kim, Tony, Carla, Tammy, and Vinny; 9 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Theresa Trotta and Edith (Al) Valo; and sister-in-law, Louise Volpe. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ralph Volpe; brother-in-law, Chris Trotta; and son-in-law, Vincent DeCesare. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3-8 p.m. at Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd., with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will begin on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home and continue with the Funeral Mass in Regina Coeli Church at 10 a.m. The Lucas County Burial Corps will conclude with a Military Commital Service in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given ProMedica Hospice, or the Department of Veterans' Affairs, 1200 S. Detroit Ave., Toledo, OH 43614. Online condolences can be shared at As published in The Blade
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