Robert L. English, 92, a retired area building and remodeling contractor, died Wednesday at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.
He was born in Huntingdon, son of the late William and Laura Bell (Grove) English. He married Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Kimmel on Nov. 6, 1943, in Camp Philips, Salina, Kansas.
Surviving are his wife of 70 loving years; two sons: Richard David of Altoona and Robert Martin of Anchorage, Alaska; two daughters: Bobbie Karns of Perry Hall, N.J., and Ellen Mae Miller of Broken Arrow, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Lorrayne DuBois, formerly of Absecon, N.J.
Robert was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, having served with the 80th Infantry Division, 317th Infantry, Cannon Company, as a staff sergeant. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and a Bronze Star Medal. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1939-41.
He was employed with the Pennsylvania Railroad as a pipefitter and sheet metal worker for 10 years. He was also self-employed, doing business as Robert English Remodeling Contractor from 1958 until his retirement in 1986.
Robert was past president of the Blair/Bedford Builders Association, a life member of the Hollidaysburg Consolidated Sportsmen's Association, a member of VFW Post 3 of Altoona and Brett Post of Pittsburgh, Pleasant Valley Lions of Altoona, Meals on Wheels, International Society of Animal License Collectors and Ravers Gap Sportsman Association.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, license collecting, a game of poker on Tuesday, gardening, Meals on Wheels and life in general. He hoped to die with a smile on his face and his wife, Betty, at his side.
Family and friends will be received from 9:30 until the 10:30 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, Monsignor Timothy P. Stein officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery.