Robert H. Chaffee, 88, of Totem Lake, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
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Robert was born on Sept. 24, 1925 in Kingston, a son of the late Maurice and Marion Homet Chaffee.
He attended Highland Park High School, New Brunswick, N.J. After graduating he enlisted in 1943 in the U.S. Army, where he served in France, was captured and later escaped.
Robert returned home and Rutgers University and then the University of Michigan University, where he received a degree in chemical engineering. Soon thereafter he met and married the former Helen Wargo of Manville, N.J.; she predeceased him on June 21, 1977.
After graduation from college, Robert was hired by Procter & Gamble of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he resided for a number of years, before being transferred to Staten Island, N.Y., and finally transferred to P&G's newest plant in Mehoopany in 1967.
He resided in Camptown for years. He met and married Janet McCarty of Endicott, N.Y., on Jan. 21, 1978, and they moved to Tunkhannock, where they lived until moving back to Totem Lake, in 2000. He retired from P&G after 41 years in 1989.
Robert was a member of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing tennis, listening to and playing music, woodworking, and working in the garden.
He is survived by his wife, Janet, at home; son and daughter-in-law Eric and Doris Chaffee of Totem Lake; daughters: Marcia Gary of Wyalusing, and Karen Chaffee of Hamilton Center, N.J.; grandchildren: Lisa (Clay) Milne of Totem Lake, Derek R. Chaffee and fiancé Julia Dalton of Pocono Pines; Shana Gary of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Hillary Gary of Sinking Springs; great-grandchildren: Savannah, Lucas, and Brooklyn Milne; step-children: Kimberly (Thomas) Rhodes of Washington, D.C., Gregg Thoma of Philadelphia, Kirk Thoma of Pittsburgh; and two nieces.
He was predeceased by a sister Doris Bevan.
A Memorial Service was be held on Monday morning, Oct. 28, at the Camptown United Methodist Church, with Rev. Peter Geschwindner, presiding. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that people make a donation to a
The funeral is under the direction of P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.
To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Wyoming County Examiner from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5, 2013