Robert Don Carnes

Robert Don Carnes, age 89, a resident of Pinecrest Manor, and formerly of Silver Creek Terrace and 249 Lawrence Street, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the Elk Regional Health Center.  He was born on April 23, 1924 in Allegany, New York, son of the late Clell and Cora Shoemaker Randolph Carnes.  He attended Olean area schools and resided in Saint Marys since 1960.

On August 6, 1949 he married Margaret K. Kahle, who survives. Bob was a professional roller skater and they were married at the Colosseum in Ceres, New York, on roller skates.  Also surviving is a son, Robert Dee Carnes and his wife Patricia of Saint Marys and by two grandchildren, Michele Weisner and Martin Weis, five great-grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Gay, Virginia and Frances and by a brother William.  He was the last member of his immediate family.

He was a member of the Shiloh Presbyterian Church and was head of the ushers and served on the Board of Deacons.  He also served on the Board of Session and the Board of Trustees and served as Treasurer and Financial Secretary of the Church.  He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Army in France.

In 1960 he moved to Saint Marys to operate the DeLullo’s Shoe Store and eventually purchased the business.  He sold the business and went to work for the Department of Environmental Resources, Bureau of State Parks. Later, he transferred to the Department of Labor and Industry.  In 1986 he retired but was soon called out of retirement in May of 1987 to work for the Fifty-Ninth Judicial District, Bureau of County Courts, Domestic Relations Section, as an Enforcement Officer. He eventually left this employment to work for the Saint Marys Tax Service.  He was also employed for a long period of time on a part-time basis for DePrator’s Beverage, Inc.

He was an “Over Fifty Years” member of the George E. Wagner Lodge, #639, F. and A.M. and served as its Secretary since 1972. He was also a member of the Past Masters Club of the George E. Wagner Lodge, #639, F. and A.M. also serving as its Secretary. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Coudersport; A.A.O.N.M.S.-Jaffa Temple, Altoona, PA; Tri-County Shrine Club of Western Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees.

Bob was a member of the Pennsylvania Allegany Valley Square and Round Dance Federation, Inc. serving on their Executive Board. He was a charter member of the Bells of Saint Marys Square Dance Club, Inc. and founder of the Elk County Cloggers, Inc.

He was an associate member of the American Vietnam Veterans Association, Bucktail Chapter, #720. He assisted with the “Moving Wall” project during its visit to Saint Marys in 1997. He was also a life member of the VFW National Home.

Bob was instrumental in bringing George Jones and Patsy Cline to the area. He also was a volunteer for the Hospital Resale Shop and the Meals-on-Wheels Program.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held in the Shiloh Presbyterian Church on Friday, August 2, 2013, at 11:00 AM, with the Reverend Scott Wiest, Pastor, officiating.  Full Military Rites will be accorded by the Saint Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will be in the McKean County Memorial Park, Lafayette, PA.

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Shiloh Presbyterian Church Abiding Memorial Fund, 217 Washington Street, Saint Marys, PA 15857 or to a favorite charity.

Tim and Diane Mattivi July 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Bob and Patty,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tom and Marsha Neizmik July 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Such a wonderful, kind and considerate man! He always had a good word for us when we would see him. Very encouraging. Thinking of your mom and the family during these hard days.

Patty (Titchner) Greene July 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Mr. Carnes was a wonderful, kind person. He always did his best to help you out. Bob left his mark on the world and it is a better place because of him. It was an honor to know him and his wonderful wife. I think of them often.
My condolence to the family.

Shelly VanAlstine O'Hara July 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Chris DeLullo Loeffler July 31, 2013 at 8:57 am

To Marge, Bobby, and the rest of Bob’s family and friends, I am sending my sympathy and prayers during this difficult time. Bob was a man of many talents and he was always ready with a smiling hello whenever I saw him.

Randy and Lisa Grunthaner July 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm

We are so sorry to hear of your loss, Bob and Patty. Robert was such a wonderful, caring, and honorable man. His love of his Wife Marge…will always hold a special place in my Heart. To see them together…would always put a smile on my face. Robert was also a *jokester*…how we would laugh and joke when they came into the restaurant…Robert carrying Marge’s purse for her. Now that’s a *real man*. He will be missed by many…but always in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave & Barb Vollmer August 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

Bob & Patty,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, he will surely be missed. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Second Chance Resale Shop August 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

We are sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He will be sadly missed by all the girls at the Shop. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Wil DeLullo August 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

Dear Marge and Bobby and Family,
I’m sending you my condolences and prayers on Bob’s passing.

Jim and Laura DeLullo August 14, 2013 at 9:08 am

With our deepest sympathy,
Jim and Laura DeLullo & Family

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