Robert Michael "Bob" Krostag

Robert Michael "Bob" Krostag, 82, of Swoyersville, passed away in Portland, Ore., on April 14, 2013.

Bob was born Dec. 19, 1930, in Swoyersville, and spent his early years living in Swoyersville, Harveys Lake and Bridgeport, Conn. He graduated from Swoyersville High School in 1949.

Bob was a veteran and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954. Following his discharge, he attended King's College and graduated in 1958 with a degree in accounting. He was always proud of his college education and instilled in his sons the value of higher education.

In 1958 he began working for Bendix in Teterboro, N.J. He spent the next 30 years with Bendix/Allied Signal, transferring from the New Jersey facility to Montrose in 1973. He retired early, in 1988, to help care for his son, Michael.

In his earlier years, Bob was a member of the Knights of Columbus, was involved in many church functions as well as his sons' Scouting and sporting activities. He was active in local bowling leagues and always enjoyed getting out to go fishing in many of the Northeastern Pennsylvania water holes, especially Lake Carey.

During retirement, Bob stayed active, helping family members with various projects around their homes and yards. He went back to work part time for several years and really enjoyed the opportunity to keep himself busy. He continued to cherish the time he spent with his family on the East Coast before finally moving out West to be closer to his sons in 2006. Wherever he was, Bob was always fond of a good meal and enjoyed the excitement of the local casinos, especially Atlantic City.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Connie (1979), and by his son, Michael (2012).

He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy Pesavento and her husband, Dick, and Lorraine Ruch and her husband, Bob; his sons, PJ and his wife, Gaylene, and Rob and his wife, Helena; his grandchildren, Kevin, Ryan, Jasmine, Jenna, Joey and Juliana.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Swoyersville. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Mountain Street, Swoyersville.

Published in Times Leader on June 16, 2013