Robert L. Headley
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AGE: 93 • formerly of Gillette
Robert L. Headley, 93, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at the Woodlands in Plainfield, NJ where he has resided for the last 10 months. Robert was born in Milltown, NJ a son to the late Louise (Thomas) and Robert M. Headley. He was raised in Chatham. As a resident of Gillette, NJ for the last 63 years he was active in politics serving as County Committeeman for many years and a member of the local Republican Club. He served on the Planning Board in Long Hill for 40 years and prior to his illness was treasurer of the Long Hill Senior Citizens Center. After his retirement in 1976 from Union Carbide in Bound Brook where he worked as a Quality Control Supervisor for 46 years, he volunteered at the VA Hospital in Lyons, NJ and was a member of the American Legion in Stirling. Robert was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army Air Corp during WWII and was a Ball Turret Gunner aboard a B-17 completing 68 missions in the South Pacific receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and numerous medals for his service. While serving in the Army Air Corp he met his wife Evelyn (Jacoby) who was serving as a WAC during the War. She pre-deceased him in 2001. He was an avid golfer playing courses throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Europe while traveling with his wife.
Robert is survived by his daughter, Barbara Dinger of Aberdeen, NJ.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 4-8 PM with a brief service at 7:30 PM with Rev. Tom Peters officiating at the Valley Memorial Funeral Home, 1012 Valley Rd., Gillettte, NJ. A private burial will follow. Donations may be made to the Headley Scholarship Fund C/O Rutgers Athletic Department, 83 Rockefeller Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854 Attn: Ryan Pisarri.
Valley Memorial Funeral Home
1012 Valley Rd.
Gillette, NJ 07933
Published in Courier News & Daily Record on Aug. 6, 2014