Robert “Bob” Layton, 89, of Portsmouth, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 19, 1927 in Russellville, Ohio a son of the late Harry and Frances (Harman) Layton.
Bob graduated from Russellville High School with the Class of 1945 and was a veteran of WW II enlisting with the US Navy on the day of his graduation. After serving his county he attended the University of Miami before transferring to the Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering. Mr. Layton was employed as an agricultural engineer for the Department of Agriculture in the soil and water conservation division. He moved to New Hampshire in 1964 and retired in 1981. After his retirement he continued consulting in soil and water conservation and later served as a teacher’s aide in the Portsmouth school system. After some continuing education he received his teaching degree and taught general science at Portsmouth Middle School. He finally retired in 1991. Bob was an active member of the North Church serving several years as president of the Church Council. He was also active with the Portsmouth Community Development Committee for 37 years and served on the committee of the Renovation of Market Square Committee. He was a 58 year member of the Lions Club joining in Ohio and transferring to the Portsmouth Lions Club where he was made a Melvin Jones Fellow, was a past president, editor of the monthly newsletter, and served on many committees including the eyesight and hearing committee. He was also a member of Russellville Masonic Lodge #166 Russellville, Ohio. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. Bob always had a smile. He was a huge Ohio State football fan and converted his family and friends as well. He also enjoyed the outdoors and hiking with his boys and Boy Scout Troop #469. He and his wife were chaperones with the Portsmouth Marching Band. He shared 62 loving years of marriage with his wife Carolyn (Maxson) Layton.
In addition to his wife he leaves three children, Nancy Layton and her husband Peter Anania of Portsmouth, Andrew Layton and his wife Judith of Deering, Daniel Layton and his wife Lorinda of North Berwick, ME, three grandchildren, Lauren, Andrew and Matthew, his siblings David Layton, Andrea Wilkerson and Mary Roussos all of Ohio, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Doctor Donald Layton last month.
Visiting hours will be from 6-8 P.M. Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Services will be at 11 A.M. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at North Church, Market Square, Portsmouth. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Private interment will be in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Portsmouth Lions Club, P.O. Box 944, Portsmouth, NH 03802 or to the North Church Memorial Fund, 355 Spinney Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Bob’s memorial website, sign his tribute wall or for directions.