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Robert W. Gotwalt

YORK Robert William "Bob" Gotwalt, 92, died at Memorial Hospital of York on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. He was the husband of Dorothy Virginia (Smith) Gotwalt, with whom he observed their 65th wedding anniversary on February 14, 2012. Born January 11, 1921 in York, he was the son of the late Thomas and Lilly K. (Smith) Gotwalt. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. Bob and his brothers co-founded Gotwalt Brothers Construction Co., which later became Go-Len-Co, Inc., where he worked until his retirement. Several years following his retirement, the company was sold to Kinsley Construction. He was also a former partner of Henry Tire Co. in West York and Imagineered Signs and Display in York. He was a member of Yorkshire United Methodist Church, the I.O.O.F. Mount Zion Lodge #74 of York and Mount Vernon Encampment #14 of York. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by a son, Robert William Gotwalt, Jr. of Camp Hill; a daughter, Beverly Ann Silar and her husband Robert William of York; and a grandson, Robert William Silar, II of Concord, N.H. He was preceded in death by a son, Barry Lee Smith. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Prospect Hill Cemetery, 1200 Block of Pennasylvania Ave., York, with his pastor, the Rev. Dennis A. Hummel, officiating. Friends and guests should meet at the Pennsylvania Ave. entrance to Prospect Hill Cemetery by 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday. Military rites will be performed by the York County Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the , 3544 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Etzweiler Funeral Home, 1111 E. Market St., York, is in charge of arrangements. www.etzweiler.com

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Feb. 2, 2013
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