The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 19, 2014

Robert J. Valentine Sr.

MAPLE RIDGE — VALENTINE – Robert J. Sr., 88, Maple Ridge, died June 18, 2014, at Windber Hospice. Born April 16, 1926, in Mine 42, Windber, son of Raymond and Sadie (Ohler) Valentine. Preceded in death by parents; wife of 59 years, the former Betty R “Chub” Benson, who died Sept. 30, 2009; and brother, Raymond Valentine Jr. Survived by sons, Robert J. Valentine Jr., and partner, Paul Catau, Maple Ridge; and William C. “Pouch,” married to the former Laura Mull, Hollsopple. Also survived by grandsons, Dylan and Dalton Valentine; fur grandkids, Molly, Keri and Tish; sisters, Dorothy, married to George Lybarger; and Phyllis Gregory; and sister-in-law, Isabelle Valentine; also many nieces and nephews. Member of Tire Hill Church of the Brethren. He was a graduate of Conemaugh Township High School. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served with the Amphibious Unit aboard the Destroyer 999 during six invasions of the Pacific. He celebrated his 17th birthday in China during his military service. Life member of Hollsopple VFW Post 8861, and member of Local 590 Unit. He worked for 25 years at Acme Market, also at Market Basket, and several Giant Eagle’s as a butcher. Member of Conemaugh Township School Board for 12 years, having served as president for six years. He also was on the Conemaugh Township Planning Authority. He loved doing carpentry for many people. His joy was attending all sporting events and activities of his grandsons. The family wishes to thank the Windber Hospice staff for all their care. Family receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville, where funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Pastor Frank Young, officiating. Entombment, Richland Cemetery. Those who wish, please make donations to Windber Hospice or a charity of your choice. To leave condolences for the family please visit

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