W. Robert Nowlen

W. Robert Nowlen, 63, Altoona, died unexpectedly Sunday at UPMC Altoona.

He was the son of the late Robert and Betty (Patterson) Nowlen.

Surviving are his mother, Betty (Patterson) Nowlen; a brother, Brad and wife, Wendy, of Austin, Texas; a niece, Jessica; and a nephew, Lucas.

Robert was a 1968 graduate of Altoona Area High School and served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Vital Communications for over 25 years. He was a member of First United Church of Christ, enjoyed working in his yard, and was an avid fan of Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers football.

Friends will be received from noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park Cemetery, Pastor Peter Raser officiating. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.