J. Robert Schabinger

J. Robert “Bob” Schabinger, 91, of Buckhannon, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at his home.

He was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Felton, Del., a son of the late John Harold and Eleanor Lane Spruance Schabinger.

On March 11, 1950, he married Dorothy Haines, who preceded him in death March 26, 2002.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one brother, Edward Schabinger.

He is survived by one daughter, Miriam Leatherman and husband, George T., of Old Fields; one son, John William “Bill” Schabinger and wife, LaRee, of Berthoud, Colo.; two grandsons, Jason Riley of Charleston and J. Harold “Jake” Schabinger of Berthoud, Colo.; four granddaughters, Gretchen Cremann and Sarah Leatherman, both of Old Fields, Casey Cantu of Johnstown, Colo., and Eva Hurley of Gray Court, S.C.; two great-grandsons, Marcus Cremann of Old Fields and Ian Riley of Charleston; and two great-granddaughters, Emma Cremann of Old Fields and Ella Riley of Charleston.

Mr. Schabinger was a college professor at West virginia University and retired from WVU Extension Service. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Buckhannon, a member of Buckhannon Lions Club, avid bridge player and weaver, and he was co-owner for Phillips Dairy Plaza. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the West Virginia Building, Jackson Mill 4-H Camp in Weston. Burial will be in Pipe Creek Cemetery in Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the J. Robert Schabinger, Santa Fund in care of Richard D. Trent, CPA, AC, 148 Phillips Dairy Road, Buckhannon, WV 26201. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.