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Robert J. Banion

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Robert J. Banion Obituary
Robert J. Banion, 88, of Harleysville, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at his home surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of Carol J. (Clayton) Banion to whom he was married for more than 63 years.
Born in South Solon, Ohio, he was the son of the late Leroy and Bertha (Ellers) Banion.
Bob served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. During that time, he served in World War II in the Pacific. He was assigned to the 4th Marine Division, 23rd Regiment and took on assignments in Guadalcanal, Saipan, Tenian and Iwo Jima. Upon returning to the United States, he was stationed at Quantico Marine Corps base, re-enlisted, and joined the 5th Marines in China and then the 9th Marine Regiment in Korea. He retired in 1963 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Upon retirement, Bob settled in Pennsylvania with his wife and children and took a position as a corrections officer with the Bureau of Corrections at Graterford State Penitentiary. He retired after 20 years with the rank of Sergeant.
Bob was a life member, post commander and service officer of the Roy S. Leidy Schwenksville American Legion Post 203, and also volunteered at the Southeastern Veterans Center.
He also attended Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Schwenksville.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Robert M. Banion and his wife Linda, Betsy Faust and her husband Charles, Linda Farrington and her husband Kenneth, Stephen Banion and his wife Sherry; his siblings, Loren (Doc) Banion, Fred Banion , Alice Jo Finney; his grandchildren, Jennifer Banion, Jeffrey Farrington, Megan Wells, Bryan Faust, Melissa Banion, Jamie Banion, and Matthew Banion; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Brett, Jaylynn, and Josie and many nieces and nephews.
Bob is pre-deceased by his brother Patton Banion, his sister Eunice Sharp, his sister Lou Dean Lookabaugh, and his grandson Jay Banion.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service and celebration of life at noon on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home Inc., Skippack Pike at Cedars Road. Skippack, where friends may call to greet the family from 10 a.m. to noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Roy S. Leidy American Legion Post 203, P.O. Box 452, Schwenksville, PA 19473.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.rlwilliamsfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Mercury on Mar. 3, 2014
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