Robert E. 'Bob' McElroy
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Robert E. "Bob" McElroy, 89, of Bruin and Mt. Dora, Fla., passed away Sunday at Cornerstone Hospice in Tavares, Fla., following a brief illness.
Robert was born in Kaylor, Bradys Bend Township, Armstrong County, on May 22, 1923. He was the son of John H. and Florence Lanterman McElroy.
Bob was a life member of the Argyle Lodge 540 F&AM of Chicora and The Consistory Scottish Rite Valley of New Castle. He was a longtime member of Karns City United Methodist Church. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.
He served as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a Good Conduct Medal, two Bronze Stars, and a Victory Medal.
He retired from Armco Steel in Butler following 35 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Murray Hughes McElroy, who he married in 1976 at Karns City United Methodist Church. Also surviving are three daughters, Cynthia Allen and her husband, James, and Linda DeCola and her husband, Daniel, all of Chicora, and Rebecca Knox of Butler; a son, Robert B. McElroy and his wife, Tammy, of Chicora; two stepdaughters, Kimberly Lorts and her husband, Buck, of Oregon and Pamela Barlett and her husband, Allen, of Bruin; nine grandchildren, Amber, Matthew, Daniel, Elysha, Joshua, Kayleigh, Nicole, Stephanie, and Tiffany; four step-grandchildren, Jonathan, Jennifer, Cody and Breanna; three great-grandchildren, Kate, Audrey, and Kin; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Sherwin McElroy, who he married on Oct. 9, 1946. She passed away Nov. 24, 1973. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Helen S. Wiles, and a brother, Dale E. McElroy.
MCELROY - Friends of Robert E. "Bob" McElroy, 89, who passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, will be received at HILE FUNERAL HOME of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Road, Chicora, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. A funeral service will be at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Wade Berkey, pastor of Karns City United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Alison Fisher, pastor of Faith Community United Methodist Church, Bruin, officiating. Military honors by The American Legion posts of Chicora and Bradys Bend and the VFW post of Chicora will follow. Interment will be in Bear Creek Cemetery, Petrolia.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.hilefh.com.
Published in Butler Eagle on Mar. 6, 2013