Robert J. Preston, 81, of Warren, PA., died Sunday afternoon,
March 18, 2018 at U.P.M.C. Hamot, Erie, PA, after a brief illness.
He was born March 22, 1936 in East Brady, PA. Bob was the son
of Walter V. and Rose Mary Crawford Preston.
Bob was a Warren area resident for the past 54 years and was
formerly of Bradford and East Brady, PA. He was a 1954
graduate of East Brady High School. Bob served with the U.S.
Marine Corp as a Private First Class during the Korean War,
earning a Marine Corps Basic Badge, Riffle Marksman Badge and
National Defense Service Medal. He was employed for over 30
plus years with the Federal Aviation Administration as an
electronic technician. He served as a supervisor at Pleasant
Township, member of the Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire
Department where he served as a past assistant chief. In his
younger years, he was a former Boy Scouts of America Troop
Leader for Troop 45 (Pleasant Twp.), coached youth baseball and
was a forest fire warden.
Bob was an active member of ST. John Lutheran Church where he
served as a church usher and member of the property committee.
He just received his 50 year pin for being a member and past
master from 1985 to 1986, of the Joseph Warren Masonic Lodge
#726 . He was a member of the Coudersport Consistory, Royal
Arch Chapter of Warren, PA., Zem Zem Shrine, Warren County,
Clarion County, Mercer and McKean County Shrine Clubs, Past
Commander of the Zem Zem Legion of Honor, Honorary
member of Syria Shrine Legion of Honor, Royal Order of Jestors,
Erie Court #55, Camel Herders, Stable #44 and Youngsville
American Legion Post 656. Bob was an avid golfer, hunter and
fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, H. Jeannette “Jenny”
Moore Preston whom he married May 1, 1959 at Chicora, PA.,
4 Children – Rich Preston & Kelly Gilmond of Youngsville, PA.,
Bryan Preston and wife, Teresa, Memphis, TN., Jennifer Barrett
and husband, Rich of Russell, PA., Janice Sheldon and husband,
Chris of Tully, N.Y., 8 Siblings – Dick Preston of Chicora, PA., Val
Preston and wife, Mary Lou of Altoona, PA., Rose Mary Zimmel
and husband, David of Chicora, PA., Sr. Katherine Preston of
Erie, PA., Ed Preston of Clarion, PA., Dan Preston and wife, Lola
of Mt. Jewett, PA., Deborah Hernandez and husband, Ross of
Venice Beach, CA., Bill Preston of East Brady, PA., 12
Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and
nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
a brother – Ron Preston.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304
East Street, Warren, PA., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 2 to
4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where members of the masonic lodge will
conduct their funeral ritual at 7:45 P.M.
A funeral service will be celebrated on bob’s 82nd birthday on
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at St. John Lutheran
Church, 200 Pleasant Drive, Warren, PA., with Rev. Susan M.
Scofield, Interim Pastor and Rev. Jeffrey Ewing, Pastor of First
Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be in Warren
County Memorial Park where full military honors will be
bestowed by members of the Youngsville American Legion
Funeral Detail. Those wishing to place memorials may do so
through Erie Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. 8th Street,
Erie, PA. 16505. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting