Robert Harvey Kemrer, 78, of Watsontown, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at the Muncy Valley Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit.
He was born Aug. 14, 1938, in Milton, a son of the late Harvey and Pearl (Lynn) Kemrer. On Feb. 8, 1962, he married the former Mary Wertman who survives. Together they celebrated 55 years of marriage.
Robert was a 1956 graduate of Muncy High School. He served honorably in the Navy for six years.
After his time in the service, he worked at the former Rochelle Furniture, Montgomery, where he had had several furniture patents. He also worked for the former Philco/Ford, later Zenith, Watsontown. Robert retired from the former Pennsylvania House Furniture, Lewisburg.
He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Dewart.
Robert had a deep passion for woodworking. He loved to make gifts for family members and also refinishing old furniture. Other passions included going to flea markets, working on small engines, gardening and flowers, and most recently, bird watching. More than anything, he cherished time spent with his family as they always came first. Robert loved his Sunday morning family breakfasts at Country Cupboard, summer cookouts and picnics, and all the holidays, especially Christmas, that his family was together.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel Robert and Wanda Kemrer, of Mills; two daughters, Myra Hartman and Mae Kemrer, both of Turbotville; one sister, Ethel Confer, of South Avis; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Lynn and Elsie Heberling and Ralph and Ruth Kemrer, and a brother in infancy; one brother-in-law, William Confer; and one son-in-law, Brady Hartman.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at St. John's United Methodist Church, 49 River Road, Dewart, followed by the funeral at 1.
Burial with full military honors will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.
The family welcomes flowers, however, if desired, contributions in Robert's memory may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 105, Dewart, PA 17730.
The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, 308 Main Street, Watsontown.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com.
Published on February 15, 2017