Robert Dale "Poppy" Chestnut

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Robert Dale 'Poppy' Chestnut
Robert Dale "Poppy" Chestnut, 72, of Kane Lane, Petrolia, Washington Township, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the VNA Inpatient Hospice after a lingering illness. He was known to his friends and family as Uncle Bob and Poppy.
Born July 23, 1938, in McGrann, Armstrong County, he was a son of the late Kenneth A. and Bessie Marie Anthony Chestnut.
He was of the Protestant faith and was a veteran of the U.S. Army infantry, stationed stateside from 1955 to 1958. He was a member of the American Legion Post 243 of West Sunbury.
He enjoyed cooking, crocheting, hunting, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren, camping and gardening.
He retired because of an injury sustained while working at General Electric in Erie.
He married the former Carol L. Mercatell on March 27, 1993, in Saxonburg.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Samuel Chestnut of Middlefield, Ohio; three daughters, Tammy Weinheimer of Erie, Lisa Craig of Erie and Sherrie Roache of Northeast, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Theresa Collier of Chicora and Marie Philips of New Bethlehem, Pa.; three grandchildren, Austin Mark Roache and Fallon Corina Collier and Mia Elizabeth Collier; two brothers, James Chestnut and his wife, Jody, of Kittanning and William Chestnut and his wife, Mary Ann, of McGrann; three sisters, Kathy Kunst and her husband, Joe, of Ford City, Wanda Hankey and her husband, James, of Kittanning and Sandy Lettrich of Decatur, Ill.; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, A. Kenneth Chestnut, Samuel Chestnut, John Chestnut, Gerald Chestnut, Richard Chestnut and Jackie Chestnut; and a sister, Barbara Chestnut.
CHESTNUT - Friends of Robert Dale "Poppy" Chestnut, who died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Richard D. Hillis Funeral Home, Petrolia. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at a tent at the North Washington Union Cemetery. The Moniteau Ceremonial Squad will provide military honors at the cemetery following the service.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the VNA Hospice, 115 Technology Drive, Butler, PA 16001.
Online Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillisfuneralhome.com.

Published in Butler Eagle on Sept. 20, 2010
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