Robert "Bob"'s Story
Robert "Bob" Earl Elder, 64, of Clarks Mills went home to meet his Savior on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at Shadyside Hospital following a courageous battle with leukemia.
Bob was born May 5, 1953, at Geneva, Pa., to Robert W. Elder and Betty Lou Vath (Elder) Trevitt, both of whom preceded him in death.
He was a 1971 graduate of Lakeview High School.
In his early years, Bob worked at Greenville Steel Car (Trinity), farmed at home and at the Trevitt farm in Stoneboro, and later was employed as a truck driver for Steel Trucking, Wheatland.
Bob's passion was Camp Wilhelm Campground (God's Family Paradise), owned and operated by him and his wife Patty since 1999, where he gave tirelessly of his time and energies.
Bob was always ready to share his love of the Lord and was an active member of Clarks Mills United Methodist Church. He was a United Methodist lay speaker and participant of the Full Gospel Businessmen in Meadville.
He found much joy in playing and coaching church league softball even during his battle with cancer. He enjoyed hunting and looked forward to annual family fishing trips to Canada and other locations.
His wife, Patricia A. "Patty" Dubinsky Elder, whom he married Nov. 9, 2002, survives at home. Also surviving are: his children, Travis Elder and his wife Casey, Stoneboro; Cheryl Strahler, Poland, Ohio; and Craig Strahler and his wife Zamira, Kazakhstan, Russia; and four grandchildren, Alexis Limberty, and Alana, Brea and Vince Strahler. He is also survived by a very special stepfather, Richard Trevitt, Stoneboro; a brother, Fred Elder and his wife Barbara, Stoneboro; and sisters, Beverly Gallagher and her husband Charles, Mercer; Shirley Yeager and her husband Jack, Sandy Lake; and Janet Redfoot and her husband John, Pulaski.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Contributions in Bob's name to support Dr. Farah's stem cell research may be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh and mailed to UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Gifts also may be made by phone at 412-623-4700.
Robert "Bob" Earl, 64, of Clarks Mills.
Visitation: 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (10-19-17) in SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
Funeral Service: 10 a.m. Friday (10-20-17) in Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, Clarks Mills, with Rev. Adam J. Stump, pastor, officiating.
Interment: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.
Published on October 17, 2017