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Robert E. "Bobby" Reber

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Robert E. "Bobby" Reber Obituary
Robert E. "Bobby" Reber

Kemblesville - Bobby passed away peacefully on May 21, 2018, two days before his 75th birthday. He was born on May 23, 1943 in West Chester, PA, and was predeceased by parents, Ina Ruth Hodson, Ralph H. Reber, Jr. and wife, Joan Greenhill Reber. His sister, Edna Mae Hendrickson, passed away 10 days before his death. Robert is survived by brothers, Ralph H. (Dorothy) Reber, III and Harold A. (Patricia) Reber; nieces, Pamela (Roger) Henley, Tammy (James) Roark, and Shannon (Dudley) Christley; nephews, Mark (Melissa) Hendrickson, Ralph Reber, IV, and David (Shilo) Reber, and grandnieces and nephews: Hunter, Easton, McKenzie, Cody, Brandon, Dakota, Mackenzie, Jordon, Victoria, and Noah.

Robert grew up in Chester County, PA spending most of his life in the Landenberg area. He graduated from Avon Grove High School where he played baseball and other sports. He served in the Army stationed in Germany and worked for Hewlett Packard until retirement in 1998.

His passion was foxhunting! He began following foxhounds as a youngster with his father and uncle near Eagle, PA. Later, he and his brother, Ralph, acquired some foxhounds and horses, and started their own pack of hounds. Robert started breeding his own line of Penn-MaryDel foxhounds in 1987. In addition to his own Flint Hill Hounds, he rode as "whipper-in" for Lewisville Hunt, Mr. Ford's Hounds, Pickering Hunt, and, occasionally, with Miss Patricia's Hounds. Bobby foxhunted with numerous other packs in PA, MD, DE, NJ, VA and Ireland. He served as Vice President of the Friends of Penn-MaryDel organization. Bobby was known for riding "difficult" horses and trained many good hunting horses during his lifetime. In 2000, he began hunting fixtures near Chestertown, MD enjoying the open space and new friendships. He hunted with his and other hound packs until 2014 when his health began to fail. Despite his failing health, he continued to follow hounds in his truck nicknamed "The Black Stallion" and was recognized by all who knew him. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

Family and friends are planning a celebration of Robert Reber's life in the fall. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, family suggests a donation to Conquer Cancer Foundation or The Friends of Penn-Marydel.
Published in The News Journal from June 11 to June 17, 2018
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