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Robert E. Landis

August 28, 2011

Robert E. Landis, 90, of 705 Center St., St. Marys, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor after an illness of the past several months.
He was born March 23, 1921, in St. Marys, son of the late Walter and Larua Hathorn Landis.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1938. He was retired from the Keystone Carbon Co. as a tool and die maker, having retired after 47 years of service.
On Nov. 22, 1945, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Francis Drake, who preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2002.
He was a member of the St. Mary's Church, attended daily early Mass and was devoted to the Rosary. He was a member of the K of C, the CMF and served in the Navy during WWII.
He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, bird watching and target shooting. As a tool and die worker making parts for proximity shells used to shoot down planes, he was considered a skilled worker and was not part of the draft pool that resulted from the outbreak of WWII. However, the attitude of America at the time demanded that every able-bodied man join the service. He enlisted in the Navy in the summer of 1942, stating, "I wanted a place to sleep" as his reason for picking the Navy.
He was awarded the Pacific Theater Ribbon (three stars), American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon (two stars).
He is survived by two daughters, Susan Landis of St. Marys and Mary Aiello (Steve) of New Hope; two grandsons, Robert Fernan (Susan) and Ryan Fernan (Courtney); two great-grandchildren, Riley and Grady Fernan; a sister, Nadine Landis of St. Marys; a brother, Thomas Landis (Emily) of St. Marys; and many nieces and nephews and their extended families.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Nona Wallis, and in infancy Mary Landis.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert E. Landis will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the St. Mary's Church, with the Rev. Michael Ferrick officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, can be made to Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857; or to a favorite charity.

LANDIS – A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert E. Landis will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the St. Mary's Church, with the Rev. Michael Ferrick officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, can be made to Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857; or to a favorite charity.

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