The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 6, 2012

Weldon Frank Robertson

JOHNSTOWN — ROBERTSON – Weldon “Shine” Frank passed away Oct. 5, 2012, at the age of 81 after complications from a recent fall. He was born Nov. 21, 1930, in Robinson and lived in Johnstown at the time of his death. He was formerly married to Joanne June Wick and had three children, Danny Joe Robertson, James Richard Robertson and Susan Lynn Vanden Heuvel.  He attended Bolivar elementary and high schools, graduating in 1948. He entered the U.S. Navy after high school and was honorable discharged. Shine was employed with the Communications and Signal Department of the Pennsylvania Railroad and Penn Central Railroad, retiring from Conrail in 1992. He also was the former owner of the Bolivar Bowling Lanes when it was located below the Bolivar Fire Hall. He is preceded in death by his mother, Emma, and father, Frank; his brothers, James, Robert and Ray; sisters, Lillian Beltz and Agnes Jean Robertson;  and great-granddaughter, MacKenzie Bowman. He is survived by his sister, Anne Troska, and brother, Gene Craig Robertson. He also is survived by his son, Danny Joe Robertson, and fiancee, Gail Carney; son, James Richard, and wife, Deborah; daughter, Susan Vanden Heuvel, and husband, Tommy; four grandchildren, Jessica Bowman; Brady, and his wife, Michelle; and Carly and Daniel Vanden Heuvel; and four great-grandchildren, Ashleigh and Logan Bowman and Austin and Averie Robertson. Shine was a lifetime member of Bolivar American Legion and the Robinson VFW and a retired member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalman. Founding member of the El Rancho Dart League. Hobbies included bowling, gardening, golfing and motorcycle riding. Shine shared his love for NASCAR and football with family and friends with many gaming pools. Fondly known as Uncle Shine, Father Shine, Unc, Captain or Cap and Brother. Friends  received from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, Pastor Ron St. Clair officiating. Military rites by local veterans organizations. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Candle SIDS Foundation, 1314 Bedford Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21208 on behalf of his deceased great-granddaughter,  MacKenzie Bowman.  Online condolences may be left at

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