Robert C. Ekey, 73, of Warren, PA died Sunday, April 26 at his camp in Clarion County, PA. He was born February 9, 1947 in Warren, PA. He was the son of the late Lawrence A. and Mary Dorr Ekey, Sr.
Bob was a 1965 graduate of Warren Area High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in Math and OPS Research Statistics in 1972 as well as a Master’s degree in 1973 in OPS Research, QBA from Penn State University. Bob served in the United States Air Force from 1966-1970, when he was honorably discharged. While serving he was stationed at Ft. Beluon Army Eng School and HQ USAFE in Wiesbaden, Germany.
After graduation, Bob was employed with Standard Brands Foods in Philadelphia, PA and New York City, NY. In late 1976, he returned to Warren and was the Third Generation owner and operator of the family business, Ekey Florist, Greenhouses and Garden Center. He relocated the store to its current location and retired in 2018.
Bob enjoyed all aspects of life, especially spending time with his classmates from WAHS, friends from the military and good friends, the Zaprowski’s, the Hessley’s and his best friend and companion, Linda. He enjoyed skiing, the outdoors and traveling. He traveled throughout the US, N. America and Europe and was a Scoutmaster in Europe. He also enjoyed collectables, old automobiles and antiques. Bob was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and of the Kiwanis Club of Warren.
Bob is survived by his son, Dr. Robert C. Ekey, Jr. and wife, Betsy of Alliance, OH, his daughter, Dr. Kimberly Ekey Roth and husband, Luke of Huntingdon, PA, and his 3 grandchildren, Charles and Austin Ekey and Nora Roth.
In addition to his parents, Bob is preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence A. Ekey, Jr. and his grandson, Andrew Roth.
Due to state mandates with COVID 19, a private funeral service will be conducted at the convenience of the family with Rev. William Beatty and Rev. Gary Roth, A celebration of Life will be held at a later date and time to be announced.
Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Warren, PA. Please send flowers to a loved one in Bob’s memory from a local florist.
Email condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com. The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with arrangements.