DURHAM, N.C. — ROBEL – Rayford Arthur, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Sept. 18, 2013, at the Veterans Hospital, Durham, N.C. Mr. Robel was living in Cary, N.C., formerly of Gaithersburg, Md., and of Johnstown. Born June 27, 1926, in Johnstown, son of Fred A. Robel and D. Electa Strayer Robel, both deceased. Survived by wife, Janet Watkins Robel, ending a union of 65 years, Cary, N.C.; son, Gregory Robel, married to Kimberly Behnke (deceased), Fort Myers, Fla.; and daughter, Victoria Hatfield, wife of Galen Hatfield, Cary, N.C. Also survived by grandchildren, Ron June, married to Jamie Hartman, Bozeman, Mont.; Rayford Robel June, married to Lauren Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh; Amanda Robel Hatfield, Cary, N.C.; Sarah June, Philadelphia; and Bennett Robel Hatfield, in Cary, N.C.; and stepgrandson, Albert Behnke, married to Breann, Chicago, Ill. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Jackson, Everett and Cynthia Coraleigh June, Montana. Preceded in death by daughter, Cynthia, wife of Carl June; and brothers, Fred Jr. and Wayne E. Robel. Mr. Robel served in the European Theater in World War II, spending 21 months in Germany. He graduated from Dickinson College (1949) and Dickinson School of Law (1952), Carlisle, Pa. Mr. Robel was the president and CEO of Robel Construction Co. Inc., Birch of Wallace Inc. and Lebor Coal Co. Inc.; CEO of Front Four Development; past president of Richland School Board for 21 years; formerly on Moxham Bank Board and U.S. Bank Board of Johnstown; president of Greater Johnstown Vocational-Technical School Board, which represented seven school districts surrounding Johnstown; member of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Board of Directors; president of Dickinson College Advisory Board, Carlisle, Pa.; former member of Potomac Rotary Club and Almas Shrine Club of Washington, D.C.; various other Masonic clubs in Johnstown and Washington, D.C., areas; member of First United Methodist Church, Cary, N.C.; and former member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg, Md., and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Johnstown. Memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home, Pleasantville, the Rev. David Zona, officiating. Memorial service will be followed by a graveside service and interment at Pleasantville Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by Fort Bedford Honor Guard. Friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home in Pleasantville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.geiselfuneral.com.
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Georgia R. Brown
BROWN – Georgia R., 90, Lincoln Highway, Bedford, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home.
John R. Franko Jr.
FRANKO – John R. Jr. “Bunko,” 72, Conemaugh, died April 20, 2014, at home.
Dorothy Mae Gillman
GILLMAN – Dorothy Mae, 93, Mount Hope, went to be with her Lord April 22, 2014.
Hulda Elmira Heslop
HESLOP – Hulda Elmira, 95, formerly of Ferndale and New Paris, died April 21, 2014, at Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Jean M. Holtz
HOLTZ – Jean M., 82, Hastings, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 21, 2014, at Golden Living-HAIDA.
Margaret Gloria Marsh
MARSH – Margaret Gloria, born Dec. 28, 1927, was called to her heavenly home April 19, 2014.
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Wayne R. Bailey
BAILEY – Wayne R., 53, South Fork, passed away unexpectedly on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home.
Sarah G. Balzano
BALZANO – Sarah G., 87, Dysart, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.
Michael Coleman Barabas
BARABAS – Michael Coleman, 75, Johnstown, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family April 21, 2014, at home.
Richard N. Handel
HANDEL – Richard N., 72, Portage, passed away April 17, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
KLINE – Roseann, 84, Ebensburg, passed away suddenly April 19, 2014, at home.
Bobby Gene Lambert
LAMBERT – Bobby Gene, 72, Shanksville, died April 20, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown.
Ann M. Lashinsky
LASHINSKY – Mrs. Ann M., 94, Windber, went to be with the Lord April 21, 2014, at St. Jude’s Haven, Elton, Pa.
Ruth V. Parkinson
PARKINSON – Ruth V., 86, Johnstown, passed away April 20, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home.
RISHELL – Joseph “Bud,” 76, Eighth Ward, formerly of East Conemaugh Borough, passed away April 20, 2014.
Amanda N. Sherry-Griffon
SHERRY-GRIFFON – Amanda N., 30, Northern Cambria, passed away April 19, 2014.
George William Smith
SMITH – George William “Smitty Bill” “Pap,” 81, Sidman, died suddenly Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Carol A. Vladic
VLADIC – Carol A., 74, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Johnstown, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 19, 2014.
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