513th P.I.R. "Thunder From Heaven"
Robert J. Haught, 88, of Girard, died on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh.
He was born July 15, 1925, in Bristol, West Virginia, a son of the late Orman Cline Haught and Blanche (Taylor) Haught.
He graduated from Bristol High School, as valedictorian of the class of 1942, and entered Salem College, Salem W.Va
., that same year. Subsequent to completing his freshman year at Salem College, he was inducted into the Army in September, 1943. After induction into the Army, he volunteered for service in the paratroops. He received his jump wings at Fort Benning, Georgia, and then was assigned to Company A, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division, whose motto was "Thunder From Heaven." The division entered combat in Europe at Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge. Robert received three bronze campaign stars for the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns.
Following discharge from the Army, Robert returned to Salem College and received a Bachelor's Degree in 1950. After seven years of employment in private industry, in 1958 he began teaching in the field of secondary education in Conneaut, Ohio, at Rowe High School. During the period of 1962 to 1990, Robert taught secondary mathematics at East High School, in Erie, Pennsylvania and at Tech Memorial High School, also in Erie. He continued his studies during employment and obtained Master's Degrees from West Virginia University and Edinboro State University. He also obtained a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology at Edinboro State University. He participated in occupational related study at Luther College, Case Institute of Technology, and The College of William and Mary, retiring in 1990.
Subsequent to retirement Robert fulfilled a lifelong dream of obtaining a private pilot's license. He served eight years on the Girard School Board and eight years as a member of the operating committee of the Erie County Technical School. He served a year as Treasurer of each of those boards and one year as Chairman of the operating committee of the Erie County Technical School. He was a life member of Girard American Legion Post # 494, where he held various offices and served on the funeral ritual team. He was a life member of Post # 7794 Veterans
of Foreign Wars and the DAV. Robert had a lifelong interest in genealogy and was a life member of the National Genealogical Society. He was especially pleased to be able to trace his ancestry to the Mayflower, a surety for the Magna Carta, and to Charlemagne.
Robert was a member of Friendship Lodge #56 AF&AM of West Union, West Virginia, the Scottish Rite bodies of Erie, Zem Zem Shrine. He was a member of The Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Albion.
Robert will be greatly missed by his family, including his wife of fifty two years, Marie Haught; a daughter, Susan Gido (Robert), Mooresville, N.C.; a stepson, Douglas Adams (Joanne) Huntersville, N.C.; grandchildren, Dylan Garner Gido and Hayden Robert Gido; and two step-grandchildren, Jessica Adams and Justin Ray Adams. He is further survived by one brother, Dr. Joseph E. Haught (Carolyn) of Phoenix, Ariz., and one sister, Mary Ross Post of Salem, W.Va
.; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at Edder Funeral Home, Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard. Services will be held at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 80 3rd Ave., Albion, on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Burial, with full military honors, will be in the K of P Cemetery, Salem, W.Va
Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Christian Preschool.
Published in the Erie Times-News from June 5 to June 6, 2014