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Robert W. Struble, 91, of 300 Evers Ave., St. Marys, died on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Sarah A. Reed Center in Erie following an illness of the past several months.
He was born Jan. 14, 1921 in St. Marys, son of the late William and Viola Valentine Struble.
On June 15, 1946, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Elizabeth M. "Betty" Schneider, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. He was a former employee of the Speer Carbon Co. from 1939-1956 and served as president of the local I.U.E. Union of Electrical Workers for 12 years. He also served as a vice president of the I.U.E AFL-CIO District 6, served as a trustee and executive board members of the I.U.E AFL-CIO District 1 and served as vice president of PA AFL-CIO from 1962-1968.
Mr. Struble was a member of the St. Mary's Church and a veteran of World War II, having served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army and serving in Alaska and the European Theatre. He loved hunting and fishing and being in his workshop making furniture.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Rebecca Mikus (William) of West Granby, Ct., Mary Dinsmore (Kenneth) of Erie, and Jean Kibler (Charles) of Erie; a son, Charles R. Struble (Jane) of Kersey; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Salvini, Ian Mikus, Janel Castellano, Justin Struble, Matthew Dinsmore, Kelly Drahushak, Kristin McCarthy, Jessica Kibler and Jeremy Kibler; 13 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, John "Jack" Struble (Nancy) of Smethport and David Struble (Mary Lee) of St. Marys.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Betty Schneider, Mary Schneider, Helen (Sue Ann) Bucher, and in infancy, Marjorie Struble; and by five brothers, Howard, Walter, Raymond, Donald and Francis Struble.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert W. Struble will be celebrated in the St. Mary's Church, 144 Church St., St. Marys, on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, OSB, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home, 169 Center St., St. Marys, on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 5-8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857; or to the St. Mary's Church, 144 Church St., St. Marys, PA 15857. Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.