Robert S. Gavlak, 73, Houtzdale, died Sunday. He was born in Woodward Township, son of Joseph and Mary Gavlak. Surviving are his wife, Pam; children: Tina Reed, Deborah Freeland and Robert S. II; a stepdaughter, Renee Anderson; 10 grandchildren; and siblings: Marie Murawski, Joanna Lazeration, Joseph and Ronald. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and Albert. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Kruise Funeral Home Inc., Madera. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield.