Robert Paul Strain, Sr., age 73, formerly of Fairview, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at his home, in Girard. Born on October 6, 1939, in Erie, he was a son of the late Claude and Pauline Hanks Strain. Bob attended Tidioute High School and was employed at GE for 27 years, retiring as a sandblaster, in the train division. He was a lifetime member of the Fairview Fire Department and was a fire police captain and lieutenant for many years. He loved Westerns and enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a brother Arthur Strain. He is survived by two daughters: Diane Rainey and her husband Jerry of Fairview and Kristy Strain of Girard; three sons: Dennis Muller of Erie, Todd Strain of Girard, and Robert Jr. of Farrell; his ex-wife Cheryl of Girard; a cousin, Samuel Strain of Erie; as well as seven grandchildren: Eric, Kelly, Erin, Robert III, Kraig, Bryonna and Courtney. Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home, 525 Main Street East, in Girard, on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a service there at 8 p.m., in the All Faiths Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Fairview Fire Dept., P.O. Box 69, Fairview, PA 16415. Condolences and flowers may be sent at www.Burtonfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 10, 2013