Robert E. Wildfire, 86, of Lovers Lane, Kersey, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at Penn Highlands Elk following a lengthy illness.
He was born on December 9, 1936 in St. Marys, a son of the late Alois and Lottie Benson Wildfire.
On May 5, 1956, he married the late Dianne Carlson Wildfire, who preceded him in death on January 1, 2016. Together they shared nearly 60 years of love, laughter, and happiness.
Bob was lifelong resident of the area and graduate of Kersey High School, class of 1954. He retired from Keystone Carbon Company after many years of service and was a member of the K of C. He was also a life member of the Fox Township Firemen's Club and member of the American Legion. He served as the Treasurer for the Fox Township Ambulance for a number of years. Bob enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed going for walks, and could often be found in his garden. He was a family man who cherished the time he spent with his family. He will be remembered for his kind, gentle, and sweet nature.
Bob is survived by 3 children; Cindy (Dick) FinGado of St. Marys, Nancy (Kevin) Prechtl and Karen Holtzhauser, both of Kersey; by 8 grandchildren; Ray (Sarah) Holtzhauser, Connie Mahovlich, Carrie Klein, Danielle (Harrison) Lore, Laurie (Sean) Palmer, Suzanne (Dan) Gerber, Becky Arnold, and Andy (Milo) Arnold, as well as by 6 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by 5 brothers; Francis, Jerome, Ralph, Carl, and Alan Wildfire, by 4 sisters; Mary Pearson, Florence Arigoni, Anna Freeburg, and Alice Wildfire, and by 3 siblings in infancy. He was the last member of his immediate family.
A Memorial Service for Robert E. Wildfire will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Krise Funeral Home in Kersey.
Burial will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery.
Friends and family will be received at the Krise Funeral Home in Kersey from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Fox Township Ambulance Association or to the Fox Township Fire Department.
Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.krisefuneralhome.com