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Robert J. Tomko, 83, of Sharpsville, passed away peacefully on Sunday Nov. 12, 2017, at his home in Sharpsville. 
Robert was born on Sept. 3, 1934, to John and Ann (Michalochik) Tomko in Oneida. He graduated from Sharon High School, Class of 1953, and also attended Youngstown State University. He was a veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps. Robert worked as a welder for Chevron and previously for GATX. On May 31, 1958, he married the late Ann (Maciejewski) Tomko, who passed away April 4, 2015.
He was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Hermitage
Robert was a member of Reynolds VFW Post 7599 and a 50-year member of the Clark Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Police, where he served as recording secretary and was active as a cook for their game dinner. He also served as committeeman for General American, 21 years; recording secretary, Steelworkers Union 2318; councilman for the Borough of Clark for 26 years; Democrat committeeman; Borough of Clark Planning Commission; Mercer County Narcotics Board; the Russian Club, lifetime member; and the National Rifle Association. Robert enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and gardening. He was also an avid Cleveland Browns and Indians fan.
Robert is survived by his son, Daniel (Brenda) Tomko of Hermitage; granddaughter, Victoria Tomko; grandson, Aaron Tomko; sister, Helene Bilkey of Florida; two brothers, Joseph (Nancy) Tomko of Bristolville, Ohio, Ed (Mary Lou) Tomko of Tomah, Wis.; and brother-in-law, Dick Bilkey of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Tomko; his mother, Ann Tomko; his wife, Ann Tomko; his son, Robert Tomko; his sister, Margaret Combine; his brothers Jim and John Tomko; and his brother-in-law, John Combine.
Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church 2230 Highland Road. Hermitage, PA 16148 in memory of Robert.

Robert J., 83, of Sharpsville.
Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday (11-15-17) at STEPHEN J. SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage. Online condolences may be expressed at www.shermanfuneralhome.com
Services: A panachida prayer service will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday (11-16-17) in the funeral home.
Funeral Divine Liturgy will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday (11-16-17) in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church Hermitage, with Father Kevin Marks officiating.
Burial: St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Cemetery. Full military honors will be offered by the VFW.
Published on November 13, 2017
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