Robert L. “Bob” Charles, 91, returned home to be with the Lord late Tuesday night at the Lutheran home in Hollidaysburg. He was born in Altoona, the son of the late Paul C. Sr. and Elva (Dibert) Charles.
Three sons survive, Gregory Charles of Englewood, Fla., Steven Charles (Aileen) of Altoona and David Charles of Clearfield; two daughters, Paula George (Walter) of Altoona and Barbara Brown of Sarasota, Florida; a special adopted son, Ronald Theriault (Drenda) of Cape Coral, Florida; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Judy Decoskey from Altoona.
Bob was predeceased by a son, Michael Charles; one brother, Paul Charles; and his former wife, Nellie Mae Charles. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Mr. Charles was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church, where he served on the property committee for over ten years.
He served in the US Army with the 78th Battalion AFA, 2nd Armored Division in Europe during the Korean Conflict.
Bob was a 1948 graduate and attended Penn State University, Clarion State University, and the University of Michigan. He held a baccalaureate equivalence and a master’s equivalence in vocational education. He also held a Pennsylvania State Journeyman’s License in Automotive Technology. He held numerous specialist certifications from major car manufacturers. He has been certified as an instructor in Automotive Technology, Bodywork, PA State Inspection, PA State Emissions, and CDL.
He worked at the Clearfield Career and Technology Center from 1965 to 1978 as an instructor in automotive technology and as a supervisor of adult evening education from 1975 to 1977. Bob was subsequently employed at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center as an automotive technology instructor, including years as a PA State Inspection Certification Instructor, PA Emissions Certification Instructor, and CDL Instructor. He was also supervisor of adult evening education from 1980 to 1984. He retired with 32 years of service in education.
He was a member of Clearfield Lodge # 314, F. & AM; the Altoona Valley, the Accepted Ancient Scottish Rite Corps and Jaffa Shrine, where he was a former member of the Clearfield Oriental Band and the Jaffa Color Guard. Bob was also a life member of the Bavarian Aid Society and the Newburg Fire Association.
He loved helping others and one of his favorite hobbies was building dollhouses and donating them to charity. Bob enjoyed skiing, road biking, dancing, traveling, and trips to the casino.
Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Myers-Somers Inc. Funeral Home, 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, where a Masonic funeral service will be held at 11:45 a.m.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at noon at Myers-Somers Funeral Home, with Reverend Drew McCaffery as officiant, followed by military honors.
Interment will be private at Alto Reste Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 200 Third Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, or to a charity of your choice.