Robert L. “Butler Bob” Purper , age 85, of Renfrew passed away Thursday morning, February 23, 2017 at his residence after a short illness.
Born April 17, 1931 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Charles W. and Anna Galida Purper.
He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
He attended Scranton University receiving a degree in Chemistry. He worked at Vulcanized Rubber and Plastics in Morrisville, PA for 20 years and acquired patents in the Rubber Field. After moving to Butler in 1977, he worked for Castle Rubber, Butler in Research and Development, retiring in 1992.
Robert served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War as an ambulance driver.
He enjoyed flea markets and auctions, where he earned his nickname “Butler Bob” is buying. Bob and his wife Marianne had owned Purper’s Antiques in Butler.
Bob was known for his skills in restoring furniture, old trunks and silver plated windchimes.
Pop-Pop as he was known by his family, will be remembered for his big heart and life long stories.
There wasn’t a stray cat he wouldn’t take care of.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 40 years, Marianne “Babe” Bartis Purper October 5, 1993, his son, Robert Jr. and one brother, Charles.
He is survived by one daughter, Kathy Hamel (Sam Baker) of Renfrew; four grandchildren, Daniel (Danielle) Willis of Renfrew, Robby Purper of Co., Ashley Purper of Levittown and Shannon (Matt) Riso of Philadelphia; three great-grandchildren, Ian, Trinity and Jordon.
As per his wishes there will be no services.
If desired memorial donations may be made to Butler Co. Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Rd., Renfrew, PA 16053