Robert J. Urban

November 24, 1926 ~ March 10, 2018 (age 91)

Robert J. Urban, 91,  of 9 Paul Revere Rd., Oil City, passed away Saturday March 10, 2018 after a period of declining health surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Erie, PA., he was  the son of the late Vincent and Bernice Hoppa Urban.

Robert was a graduate of Academy High School in Erie and graduated from Gannon College with a B.S. Degree in Business in 1949.

Prior to graduating college , Bob entered the U.S. Military  and served as a PFC in the United States Army, serving in Company B, in the 3159th Signal Service Battalion. He was awarded the Army Occupation Medal(Japan), Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon.

On June 29, 1974 he was married by Msgr. Henry Kriegel to the former Janice Gayetty in St. Joseph Church in Oil City and she survives.

In 1949, Bob was hired by Erie Insurance Exhange founder, H.O. Hirt and retired as District Sales Manger in Dec. 1987 after 43 years with the company.

Bob was a member of St. Stephen’s Church as well as a former member of the Franklin EAA.

An avid reader his whole life, Bob enjoyed reading National Geographic, the Smithsonian and several car and motorcycle magazines.  He enjoyed learning new things, was an avid motorcyclist,  bicyclist, boater  and  gardener.

Bob had a deep appreciation of  nature, he loved roaming the woods and sitting around a campfire with friends.

He loved taking rides in his Miata convertible  and traveling to new places.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children

R. Barry Urban & his friend Chris Pochatko  of Erie

Richard Urban & his wife Lynn of Las Vegas, NV

And their children

Alea, Italia, Angelo and  Arius

He is also survived by his sisters-in-law

Delores Gayetty

Carolyn Morrow

Karen Womer and

Nancy Russell  all of Franklin

 several nieces and nephews and his beloved cat Mi-Mo

He was preceded in death by a sister Elizabeth King,

a brother

Conrad V. Urban

And brothers-in-law

Marvin Gayetty, Pete Morrow, William Womer and Ken Russell

Bob was very grateful for his caring friends, especially Bill Clark, Frank Lutz and Clem Urban for their many visits during this past year of declining health.

Friends will be received from 3-7 P.M. Wednesday in the Reinsel Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Thursday in St. Stephens Church.

Entombment will take place at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, with Military Honors Accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the Venango VNA Foundation 491 Allegheny Blvd. Franklin, PA. 16323

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