Robert F. Nation 86, WWII veteran, CPA, E-town school director

By on September 5, 2012

Robert F. Nation, 86, of Lititz, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at Moravian Manor. He was the husband of Annette Mumma Nation. They celebrated their 66th anniversary Feb. 9.

Born in Starrs Mill, Ga., he was the son of the late George Washington and Jewell Clyde Whatley Nation. Robert was a graduate of Hartsell High School, Concord, N.C., class of 1944 and Elizabethtown College class of 1949 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He received an honorary degree, doctor of humane letters, Elizabethtown College, in 1999 and received the Educate for Service to Elizabethtown College Award in 2001. Robert was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Elizabethtown. He enjoyed golf, reading, art and investing. Robert was a Certified Public Accountant, working from 1950 to 1965 at Lee Boyer & Co., Harrisburg, and then from 1965 to 1970 at D.S. Sausman Enterprises Inc., Lemoyne. He then went on to work at Sun Enterprises Inc., Lemoyne from 1970 to 1999. He was owner and president of the Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill, from 1980 to 1996. Robert served as school director for the Elizabethtown Area School District from 1963 to 1969. He also served as a trustee at Elizabethtown College, director and president of the Kline Foundation and director of the Health Alliance Charitable Foundation. Robert served on the board of directors for the HARSCO Corporation, Dauphin Deposit Bank, Hopper Soliday, Phico Insurance Co., Health Alliance of PA and Pinnacle Health System.

Robert was a loving father, good friend and teacher. He was at his best in a professional setting, where he garnered the attention and respect of peers and adversaries alike. His integrity was an unquestioned strength of his character. His business wisdom and skill brought him success and distinction. He enjoyed nothing more than sharing his time and skills in a charitable or simply a friend-in-need context. He was the epitome of the individual cogs that made his generation "the greatest." But nothing was more important to him than his family and friends, who knew it without apprehension.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter: Susan Nation Collins, husband of Dennis Collins, of Lititz; and a son, David, husband of Suzan Willcox Nation, of Philadelphia; and five grandchildren: Joshua and Matthew Collins, and Emily, Christopher and Robert Nation.

He was preceded in death by his brother: Wayne Lee Nation; and sister: Peggy Jewell Nation.

The family expresses its special gratification to the staff at Moravian Manor Retirement Community, South Wing, who extended exceptional care and compassion to Robert for over three years.

Services and interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Robert and Annette Nation Scholarship Fund, Elizabethtown College Development Office, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

Arrangements are being made by Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz. To share fondest memories of Robert, visit

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