Robert D. Gornall, Sr., of Erie, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Erie, August 5, 1930, a son of the late Merle F. and Madeline Kelly Gornall. Bob graduated from East High School, Class of 1948, and Penn State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a Staff Sgt. ASA. He worked at Welch Foods in North East for over 25 years, where he was the plant accounting manager, before retiring in 1993. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher for many years. He served as Master of Perry-Keystone Lodge No. 392, F.&A.M. for two years. He also was a member of York Rite College and received The Red Cross of Constentine. He served as Thrice Potent Master and Commander-in-Chief of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Erie. He was coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason. He was a very active member of the Zem Zem Zailors, where he served as their Secretary. Bob loved hunting at his camp and fishing on his boat with his children and grandchildren. His family meant the world to him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Dr. Lori A. Gornall; brothers William Gornall and James Gornall and a sister Barbara Pierce Deutsch. Survivors include his wife of 62 years Mary Ann (Karmazon) Gornall; a daughter Lisa M. DeMarco and her husband Dr. David DeMarco; three sons: Robert D. Gornall, Jr. and his wife Louise of Erie; Mark W. Gornall and his wife Pamela of Houston, Texas, and Paul J. Gornall and his wife Kelly of Erie; a brother M. Fletcher Gornall, Esq. and a sister, Patricia Allen, both of Erie; grandchildren: Dr. David James and his wife Megan, Christopher, Jonathan, James and Lisa Ann DeMarco, Lauren and Matthew Gornall, all of Erie; Graham G. Gornall of Texas, and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 602 West 10th Street, on Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., and are invited to the funeral service there on Friday at 11 a.m., with Reverend J.R. Wagner. Perry-Keystone Lodge No. 392, F.&.A.M. will conduct a Masonic service at the funeral home Thursday at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Lori Ann Gornall Memorial Scholarship Fund with the Erie Community Foundation, 459 West 6th Street, Erie PA 16507. Send condolences at burtonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Dec. 26, 2012