Robert W. Creps

Robert William Creps, 83, Martinsburg, passed away Sunday evening at Altoona Regional with his family by his side.

He was born in rural Martinsburg, son of the late William E. and Annie (Teeter) Creps. He married Mary E. Black on June 8, 1951, in Martinsburg.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years; a son, Roy William and wife, Kathy Jo (Smith), of Murrysville; a daughter, Sally Ann Wright and husband, James K., of Martinsburg; three grandchildren: Ryan William, Jason Alexander and Jodi Lynn Hartley; three great-grandchildren: Finnley Creps, Lyla Creps and Aubrey Hartley; and four sisters: Frances Russell of rural Roaring Spring, Betty Freeman of Martinsburg, Ruth Creps of Roaring Spring and Joyce Ott of Loysburg.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Naomi Beach; and three brothers: Chester, Charles “Bud” and W. Donald.

Bob was a 1947 graduate of Morrison Cove High School, Martinsburg. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, attaining the rank of private first class. He retired in 1986 as executive director of the Blair County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hollidaysburg, after 30 years of service. He also retired in 1996 as owner/operator of the family business, AAA Color Card Co., Martinsburg. In his earlier years, he had been employed in lawn spraying and sign painting and at the Replogle Portable Feed Mill, Martinsburg.

Bob was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Martinsburg, and also belonged to the Bloody Thumbs Carving Club, Roaring Spring, the Martinsburg BCO “coffee gang” and the Fairview Cemetery Association Board of Directors, Martinsburg. He was also a member and former president of the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company, Station 80, and Allied Volunteer Firemen’s Association of Blair County.

He enjoyed camping, traveling and wintering with his wife in Florida, and he was an avid woodworker.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today and 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Pastor Scott E. Schul officiating. Interment with military flag honors accorded by the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be given to St. Matthew Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company.

Arrangements are by John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.