CMSgt. Robert E. Truby, U.S. Air Force Retired, 81, of Avis, Pa., passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.
Born in North Apollo, Pa., on May 17, 1931, he was the son of the late Guy K. and Mary E. (Hoofring) Truby.
On June 24, 1969, he married the former Kay Ellenberger in the Chapel at Westover Air Force Base in Springfield, Mass.
CMSgt. Robert E. Truby
Following graduation from Vandergrift High School in 1949, Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years. He was stationed in Germany for three years during the occupation of Germany and was involved in NATO training exercises. In 1955, he became a member of the Strategic Air Command until retiring in 1971. While a member of the 8th Air Force, he spent two years as 8th Air Force NCOIC of Material with the Airborne Command Post. During the Vietnam War, he was stationed at CCK Taiwan for 15 months and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Air Force Citation with two oak leaf clusters.
After retiring from the Air Force, Bob worked for Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven for 13 years until the plant closed. He also was employed by Lock Haven Airmotive, Lock Haven Airplane Company, Central PA Auto Auction and the Borough of Avis as the Zoning and Codes Officer.
Bob enjoyed playing golf, working in his yard and garden and was an avid fan of Penn State Football, Penn State Wrestling and the Penn State Lady Lions. He was a member of the Penn State Nittany Lion Club, the Lady Lions Cager Club, the Penn State Wrestling Club and was a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association. He also had volunteered his time at the Summer Olympics held at Penn State University. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jersey Shore where he served as Trustee for many years. He was a Past Exalted Ruler of Jersey Shore Elks Lodge No. 1057; a member of the American Legion Post 36, VFW Post 5859, Jersey Shore Honor Guard; Ivanhoe Chapter No. 28, Order of the Eastern Star; Fraternal Lodge 155 F&AM of West Chazy, N.Y.; and Jaffa Shrine Club of Altoona; and was a past president of the Jersey Shore Veteran's Council and the Clinton County Shrine Club.
He is survived by his wife, Kay; daughters, Tammy (David) Daneker of Williamsport, Vicky (Lonzo) Burnside of Riverside and Janet (Michael) Durkin of Tower City; and two grandchildren, Kaitlin (Kyle) Huggins of Bethlehem and Benjamin Daneker of Williamsport.
He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Ann M. (Hagens) Truby; sister, Betty Held; and two brothers, Guy K. and Winchester H. Truby.
Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 236 S. Main St., Jersey Shore, on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Certified Lay Minister Becky Cuddeback will officiate. Burial will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Jersey Shore Honor Guard. The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to Susquehanna Health Home Care & Hospice.