OLEAN - Robert E. Isaman, of 507 Queen St., passed away Sunday (April 21, 2013 at home following a lengthy illness.
Bob was born May 25, 1931, in Olean, and was a son of Clarence Eugene and Sophia Cecelia Lipman Isaman. On March 4, 1964, he married his wife of almost 48 years, Mary Louise Blaske, who predeceased him Feb. 7, 2012.
Bob graduated from Olean High School in 1949. He became a mail sorter in 1951 for the Olean Post Office. He later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
from March 20, 1952, to Feb. 19, 1954, in Germany. While in the Army, he was also a mail sorter. After his service, Bob returned to the Olean Post Office, where he continued to work until his retirement in the early 1990s after more than 40 years of service.
Bob was an avid golfer, starting at the young age of 12 at the Bartlett Country Club. He also enjoyed golfing at Birch Run, where he shot a hole-in-one on Oct. 1, 1969, and won several championships and trophies.
Bob enjoyed reading, walking at the Olean Center Mall and being a Ball Hawk. Bob was known for his witty sayings - he had one for all occasions - and for having a very smooth swing on the golf course.
He truly was a gentleman, by definition, to all.
He was a member of the Olean First Baptist Church.
Robert is survived by two daughters, Karen L. Isaman of Olean and Lisa J. (Joseph D. Schiccitano) Hennig of Portville; and one brother-in-law, Robert Blaske of Allegany.
Along with his loving wife, Robert was predeceased by one son, Roger K. Hennig, in 1985; and one sister, Virginia Isaman.
There will be no public visitation. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday (April 27, 2013) in the Allegany Cemetery. The Rev. Stephen P. Lipman, his cousin, will officiate. A luncheon will follow at the Birch Run Country Club.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA. Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralhome.com.