Robert S. ‘Bob’ McAlpin, 88, WWII vet, helped build the PA Turnpike, missionary, enjoyed baking pumpkin pies

By on May 11, 2016

Robert S. “Bob” McAlpin, 88, of Millersville, formerly of Lititz, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Lancaster General Hospital, after a brief illness.

Born in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, he was the son of the late Robert S. and Lottie (Chew) McAlpin. “Bob,” as he was affectionately known, was the husband of Dora (Stober) McAlpin, and they celebrated 66 years of marriage last August.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He helped to build the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1949-1950, worked in construction for various companies, and later retired from Fluid Conditioning Products. Bob loved the Lord, and humbly served Him through serving others. He was a faithful member of the High View Church of God, Ronks; and was a member of the Red Rose Rambler Club. Bob and his wife Dora served as volunteer Sowers; spent their retirement years serving at Lake Wales Baptist Church, Florida; and had gone on various mission trips to Haiti and New Mexico. He also volunteered in Lend-a-Hand of Harrisburg, helping hurricane victims. Bob’s passion in life was baking pumpkin pies, thus being known as “The Pie Man.”

Surviving in addition to his loving wife: Dora; are two daughters: Romaine, wife of James Erb, Lancaster; Lynne, wife of Paul Jeffries, Douglassville; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; and one sister: Jane Christofano, Greensburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only son, Staff Sergeant Patrick S. McAlpin, in 1981.

Interment in Colebrook Trinity Lutheran Cemetery will be private. An invitation is also extended for everyone to attend his celebration of life service at the High View Church of God, 2740 Leaman Road, Ronks, on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be sent to High View Church of God Mission Fund, 2740 Leaman Road, Ronks, PA 17572.

To send the family online condolences, visit Buch-Heisey Funeral Home, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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