Robert Detweiler

Robert Detweiler

Friday, November 17th, 1933 Monday, August 5th, 2019

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Obituary for Robert E. Detweiler

Robert E. "Bob" Detweiler, 85, passed peacefully on Aug. 5, 2019, at Menno Haven in Chambersburg, Pa. He was the husband of the late Mary A. (Erdman) Detweiler.
Bob was born in Quakertown, Bucks County on Nov. 17, 1933, to the late Earl and Edna (Landis) Detweiler. A 1951 graduate of Quakertown High School, he went on to earn a degree from Moravian College in 1955 before enlisting in the U.S. Army.
As a young man, Bob played collegiate and then semi-pro basketball, including a season alongside future NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain with the Quakertown Fays.
Bob worked 35 years for W.R. Grace in his hometown, traveling the country as a sales representative and manager. He was active in the community as a member of the Quakertown Jaycees and a board member of the Quakertown YMCA.
A loving father and grandfather, Bob retired to the Penn National Community in Fayetteville, Pa., where he was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church. In retirement, he was an adventurous traveler with his long-term companion Katrina Stanford, an enthusiastic-if-unspectacular golfer and a loyal fan of all his grandchildren's soccer, baseball, basketball and golf teams.
Bob is survived by two sons, Thomas Detweiler (Robin) of Red Lion, Pa., and David Detweiler (Judi) of Woodsboro, Md., and a daughter Susan Rossum (Eric) of Annandale, Va., plus seven grandchildren Eric Detweiler (Jill), Jameson Detweiler, Lindsay Rossum, Ethan Detweiler, Alexander Detweiler, Ryan Rossum and Bennett Detweiler, with a great granddaughter to be born in October. He's also survived by a brother, John Detweiler (Marcia) of Naples, Fla.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday November 15, 2019 in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA. Rev. Eloise Shanley will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 44 East Main Street, Fayetteville, PA 17222 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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    Friday, November 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Road
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    Friday, November 15th, 2019
    Rev. Eloise Shanley
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