Robert Allen "Bob" Fellabaum, 84, passed away Tuesday morning, July 16, 2019, surrounded by his loving wife and children.
He was born Feb. 18, 1935, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
After graduating from the University of New Mexico, he entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in Pensacola, Florida in 1956. While later stationed in Kingsville NAS, Texas as a naval aviator, he met Sara ("Sallie") Fellabaum, nee Yoxtheimer, of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, also a naval officer. They were married in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1958.
Following his military service, Bob earned his graduate degree at the American Institute for Foreign Trade in Glendale, Arizona.
After moving to New Castle in 1977, he worked for Universal Rundle and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania DEP (Department of Environmental Protection).
Upon his retirement in 2002, Bob and Sallie enjoyed many years of foreign travel, were longtime trustees of The Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio), and supported the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was also an avid reader who fostered a love of reading in his children.
A true gentleman, he delighted those around him with his wit and intelligence. He was a lover of all animals, especially cats.
He is survived by his wife, Sallie Fellabaum, of New Castle; his daughter, Allison (Jonathan) LaFleur of New Hampshire; his daughter, Meredith (Arthur) Nesbitt of Maryland; his son, Christopher (Kiri) Fellabaum of South Carolina; four grandchildren, Dana (Bethany) LaFleur, Julia LaFleur, Sara LaFleur and Cora Fellabaum; and three great-grandchildren, Dane LaFleur, Emily LaFleur and Evelyn LaFleur.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2019, at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road. The Rev. Richard Nero will officiate. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will perform military rites at the funeral home on Monday.
Entombment will be in Graceland Cemetery.
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Memorial contributions may be made in his name to The Butler Institute of American Art, to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra or to the donor's favorite charity.
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Bob Chambers
Jul 20, 2019
It was always a pleasure to be in his company. He was one of the last true gentlemen, they are getting scarce. May he rest in peace. He will be missed but fondly remembered
Elizabeth Timm
Jul 19, 2019
So sorry for your loss. God Bless you, and remember,death is not the end of the road,it's a bend in the road and we all will meet again one day!
Jul 18, 2019
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