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92, died July 24, 2017. Born March 5, 1925 in Johnstown. He was the son of Ned F. and Edith M. (Seigh) Benford. Preceded in death by his parents; brother, John and wife, Bernice; Margret McCallan, Bernice's sister; nephew, Dennis Benford; grandfather, Harry Benford; Harry's first wife, Susan; and second wife, Rosalie. Survived by his wife, Sue S. (Single) and sons, Robert C. Jr. and David R. He lived in Westmont and then moved into the city of Johnstown after his father fell victim to the financial crisis of the Great Depression. Robert graduated with a high school diploma from Johnstown Central High School. He worked as an electrician's helper in the railroad shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. There, he maintained cab signals and electrical equipment on their locomotives. He was drafted by the U.S. Government near the end of WWII and served in the U.S. Army as an electrician. He installed, tested, and repaired electrical fixtures, electrical apparatus, and wiring used in the light and power systems of buildings. He was briefly discharged from the military and then recalled by the military to serve in the Korean War. There, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as a civil electrician. After being discharged again from the US Army, he returned to Johnstown, where he received an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Cambria-Rowe Business School. Then, he worked as a bank teller for U.S. Bank at their branch office in Morrellville and then at their branch office in Westmont. During that time period, he met his wife Sue, and fathered their two children, Robert Jr. and David. He left U.S. Bank to become the branch manager of the Parkhill Office of the First National Bank of Ebensburg (later Laurel Bank). He retired from Laurel Bank. Also, during his lifetime, he was a minority partner in a coin-operated washer and dryer laundry business and worked as a bookkeeper for a local businessman who operated a sign painting business. He was an avid football and basketball fan. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling with his wife and playing golf. A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Very Rev. James F. Crookston. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. Condolences may be sent through www.ducafuneralhome.com.
Published on July 25, 2017
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