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Robert H. Saylor

Robert H. Saylor, 96, of Windber, died peacefully at the Crossroads at Arbutus Park Manor & Retirement Center on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, at Tire Hill Church of the Brethren, 665 Tire Hill Rd, Tire Hill, Johnstown.

Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Roaring Spring.

Bob was born on Nov. 7, 1922, in Roaring Spring, a son of the late Clarence E. and Ruie Mae (Stuckey) Saylor.

He is survived by his loving wife Delores M. (Strait) Saylor; son Linford T. (Diana) of Colonial Heights, Virginia; daughters Elizabeth Jane Holland of Golden, Colorado, and Joan Patton Robinson (Dennis) of Boulder, Colorado. He is also survived by five grandchildren and six great grandchildren; stepchildren, Douglas W. Crouse (Debbie) and Jacalyn R. Galuska (Dwayne), all of Johnstown; five step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by half-brother, Dr. H. Dean McAuliffe (Mary); sister Barbara Alice Kagarise (Dr. Ronald); brother Donald S. Saylor (Eleanor); and son-in-law George Holland.

Bob graduated from Roaring Spring High School in 1940, Juniata College in 1949 and from The Pennsylvania State University, Masters of Education in 1952 and Doctorate of Education in 1959.

As a professional educator for 32 years, Bob taught at Houstontown High School, Bloomsburg School District, Wittenburg University (Ohio), Virginia Military Institute, Pennsylvania State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which honored him professor emeritus upon retirement.

While living in Indiana, he served two terms on the Indiana Area School District Board of Directors.

In 1942, at age 19, he left Juniata College and enlisted in the United States Army. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1944. His World War II service included time in Italy and occupied Japan. He was separated from active duty in 1947 and returned to complete his bachelor's degree at Juniata.

In 1952 Bob was called to active duty during the Korean War. He was a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division in both World War II and the Korean War.

In 1974, he retired from the military as Colonel, completing 32 years of active and reserve Army duty.

His professional and organizational affiliations include Emeritus member of Phil Delta Kappa, a professional fraternity, devoted to research, service, and leadership in education; the 11th Airborne Division Association, Reserve Officers Association, Military Officers Association of America, VFW Post 7689 and American Legion Post 147 both in Roaring Spring.

Bob was also an active member of the Tire Hill Church of the Brethren.

Many will remember Bob as an enthusiastic golfer and as a devoted father, grandfather, and friend.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to New Day Inc., in Bob's memory. New Day provides outreach and counseling to youth and families in need. Donations may be sent to New Day Inc., 109 S. St., Johnstown, PA 15901; or by visiting the New Day Inc., internet website at

Arrangements by Meek & Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc.,, Windber.


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