Obituary of F. Robert Witmyer
F. Robert Witmyer, 89, of Pottstown, PA, passed away on May 19, 2021, at Seasons Hospice – Phoenixville Hospital. He was the husband of the late Shirley F. (Houck) Witmyer, who passed in 2019.
Born in Pottstown, PA, on October 4, 1931, Robert was the son of the late Frank H. Witmyer and Helen T. (Reigner) Witmyer.
Robert attended Pottstown High School, graduating in 1949. He was employed by Bethlehem Steel as a draftsman for 30 years and also worked as a draftsman for several other steel companies in both Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Upon retirement, he worked as a delivery driver for various auto body and paint dealers.
He was a corporal in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954, attending the Naval School of Music playing French horn in the Washington Army Band.
A lifelong member of Zion’s UCC in Pottstown, Robert served as Sunday School superintendent and secretary, elder, president of the church consistory, and chairman of the search committee for a new pastor. He sang in the church choir his entire life and was an accomplished tenor soloist there as well as in various community choirs. Active in the Boy Scouts, he served as Cub Pack Committee Chairman and Boy Scout committee member. He also helped with Meals on Wheels.
Robert was a 50 year member of Stichter Lodge No. 254; 50 year member of Pottstown Royal Arch Chapter No. 271, Past High Priest; 50 year member of Palestine Council No. 8, Past Thrice Illustrious Master; and 50 year member of Nativity Commandery No. 71, Past Commander, Past Division Commander, Knight Commander of the Temple. F. Robert also served as the Grand Commander of Knights Templar of PA in 2001-2002. Additionally, he was a member of the Scottish Rite; Allentown Consistory; Red Cross of Constantine, Philadelphia Conclave; Knight Masons, Penn Council #13; Schuylkill Chapter of the Eastern Star, Past Patron; and Pottstown Court #113 Order of the Amaranth, Past Patron.
Mr. Witmyer is survived by his sons, Reverend Robert A. Witmyer, husband of Michele, Randy O. Witmyer, husband of Cindy, and Donald E. Witmyer, husband of Kelly; his grandchildren, Brandon (& Larkin) Witmyer, Kyrstyn (& Brett) Turner, Michael (& Bethanie) Leader, Heather (& Chris) Reed, Zachary (& Lauren) Witmyer, and Madison Witmyer, and her fiancé, Chris Kiley; and his great-grandchildren, Jack Reed, Kennedy Reed, Jameson Reed, Charis Witmyer, and Carson Leader.
A viewing will take place on Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Houck & Gofus Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, PA 19464. A Knights Templar and Masonic Service will follow the viewing.
A funeral service will take place on Monday, May 24, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Zion’s United Church of Christ, 209 Chestnut St., Pottstown, PA 19464.
Interment with military honors will take place after the service at Highland Memorial Park, 701 Farmington Ave., Pottstown, PA 19464.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s memory to any of the following: Zion’s United Church of Christ, 209 Chestnut St., Pottstown, PA 19464; Frederick Living, 2849 Big Road, Zieglerville, PA 19492; Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 2200 Renaissance Blvd., Suite 110, King of Prussia, PA 19406, or online at https://seasonsfoundation.org/donate/; or the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.