Robert W. Struble

Robert W. Struble, 91, of 300 Evers Avenue, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Sarah A. Reed Center in Erie after an illness of the past several months.

He was born January 14, 1921 in St. Marys, son of the late William and Viola Valentine Struble.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Schools.  He was a former employee of the Speer Carbon Company from 1939 to 1956, and served as President of the local I.U.E. Union of Electrical Workers for 12 years.  He also served as a Vice President of IUE-AFL-CIO District #6, served as a trustee and Executive Board Member of IUE-AFL-CIO of District #1, and served as a Vice President of PA AFL-CIO from 1962 to 1968.

On June 15, 1946 in the St. Mary’s Church, he married Elizabeth M. “Betty” Schneider, who survives.  Also surviving are three daughters, Rebecca (William) Mikus of West Granby, CT, Mary (Kenneth) Dinsmore of Erie and Jean (Charles) Kibler of Erie; a son, Charles R. (Jane) Struble of Kersey; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Salvini, Ian Mikus, Janel Castellano, Justin Struble, Matthew Dinsmore, Kelly Drahushak, Kristin McCarthy, Jessica Kridler and Jeremy Kibler; 13 great grandchildren; and two brothers, John “Jack” (Nancy) Struble of Smethport and David (Mary Lee) Struble of St. Marys.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Betty Schneider, Mary Schneider, Helen (Sue Ann) Bucher and, in infancy, Marjorie Struble; and by five brothers, Howard, Walter, Raymond, Donald and Francis Struble.

Mr. Struble was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, a Veteran of WWII having served as a Corporal in the Army serving in Alaska and the European Theatre.  He loved hunting, fishing and being in his workshop making furniture.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson OSB, Pastor, as celebrant.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857, St. Mary’s Church, 144 Church Street, St. Marys, PA  15857, Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center, 227 West 22nd Street, Erie, PA  16502 or to the Great Lakes Hospice, 1700 Peach Street, Suite 244, Erie, PA  16501.

Joe Struble May 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Robert. My own Dad (Vern Struble) was Robert’s cousin. While I did not know Robert, I do remember my Dad speaking of him. I am always sorrowed to hear of another WWII Veteran passing, especially from our extended family.

Joe Struble
Meriden, CT
(my Dad, also a WWII Vet passed in 2009)

Lydia Struble May 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm

My deepest prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Struble Family of St. Marys, Smethport, Olean, Wallingford, CT, and Erie, on the passing of Robert, and to his wife Betty, whom I once had the pleasure of speaking with via phone, many years ago while searching my family tree.
Lydia Struble
Erie, PA

Robert & Sharon Miller May 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire Struble family in this most difficult time. We had the pleasure of meeting Bob through our daughter and son-in-law, Matt & Shannon Dinsmore. He was a sweet, pleasant, and very personable man, who always seemed to have a smile on his face. We both enjoyed our visits with him during family birthdays and other occasions. We are so very sorry to hear of his passing. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

Mahaffey, PA

Chris (Gnan) Vallone May 30, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Betty, I am so sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. I use to work with you @ Stackpole Lodge (remember?). I also would like to pass my deepest sympathy along to Mary and Jeannie, who I knew through school and work. You are in my prayers. Take care of you!

Clearfield, Pa

Barbara Jane (Bucher) Pennekamp June 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

My heartfelt sorrow goes out to our family on the loss of uncle Bob. I lost his sister, my own dear mother, (Sue Ann Struble Bucher) in 2006. My prayers go out to a family I have not seen in many years. God bless us all, everyone. Hagerstown, MD

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