WARREN - Robert John Grabel, 90, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
He was born on Dec. 1, 1923, in Monessen, Pa., the son of the late Cenzy and Margaret Harmanis Grabel.
Robert was employed as a display manager for Sears, retiring Dec. 31, 1993, after 33 years of service.
He enjoyed traveling, and had visited 19 countries and 45 of the 48 continental United States. He had lived in 10 cities and three states.
He also enjoyed remodeling his house, model railroads, camping, fishing, and made and sold wooden toys and kitchen furniture. Most of all, he loved spending time with his wife and children.
Bob served in U.S. Army during World War II in the 1010th AAR Base Unit as a flight maintenance gunner on B-24 bomber, attaining the rank of technical sergeant. He was involved in the bombings of the Ploesti oil field in Italy, and was later shot down. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.
Memories of Bob will be carried on by his son, Dennis Allen (Christine) Grabel of Tempe, Ariz.; daughter, Karen Sue (Stephen) Kunz of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughter, Donna Mae (Wayne) Scott of Ravenna; son, John Marshall (Robin) Grabel of Venice, Fla.; daughter, Kristie Lynn (Randy) Reeves of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; son, Paul Wagner of Enid, Okla.; son, Richard (Lisa) Wagner of Ravenna; brother, Arnold Hubick of Chicago; sister, Charmaine Doody of Midlothian, Ill.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a friend, Mary Ellen Readman of Niles.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Mae Grabel, and friend, Shirley Leemaster.
Family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at McFarland & Son Funeral Home, Warren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. at the funeral home following the visitation. The Rev. G. Thomas Badanjek will officiate.
Services of final committal and the presentation of military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
His family suggests contributions be made in the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, Trumbull County, 5000 E. Market St., Suite 19, Warren, OH 44484.
Arrangements are entrusted to McFarland and Son Funeral and Cremation Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481, 330-393-9621. Visit www.McFarlandCares.com to view this obituary, send condolences and order flowers.