|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1922|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 2009, USA|
ZEPHYRHILLS, FL - Black, Robert H., "Bob", of Zephyrhills, FL, was born March 7, 1922, in Chicago, IL, to Anton Black and Elizabeth Leonard Black.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his only son, Agnes Labuda Black, and by his brother, Francis Black.
He married Florence A. McCann in 1975.
His son is William J. Black (Dorothy) of Flemington, NJ. He has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Robert graduated from Tilden Tech High School, where he played football and was a member of the speed skating team that won the Illinois State Championship in 1937, 38 and 39. He was an alternate for the Olympic Speed Skating Team but did not get to compete because of World War II.
Bob worked for Wrigley Gum Company as a teen, then joined the Army, serving as a Staff Sergeant with the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, Svc Company, and the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II and was in the fight from Africa to Holland. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery.
After the war, he was employed by Western Electric and continued his education, studying metallergy. He was the secretary for the American Society for Testing Materials. He retired after 37½ years, in 1977, as chief development engineer for the Chicago Hawthorne Works, where he holds six patents.
Bob and his wife, Flo, moved to Florida in 1978, living first in Holiday, then at Travlers Rest and Grove Ridge Estates in Dade City and finally at Zephyr Shores Estates in Zephyrhills.
Bob belonged to the 82nd Airborne Association, the Veterans of Foregin Wars, the Wally Byam Caravan Club for Airstream owners, the Family Motor Coach Association and the Good Sam Club.
His travels took him to Europe for the 40th and the 50th Anniversaries of D-Day, to Greece, and to every province in Canada and to every state except Hawaii.
He had been a member of Sacred Heart Church, Saint Joseph Florida since 1982.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 am Wednesday, December 30, at Sacred Heart Church, Saint Joseph, FL, with burial following.
The family requested donations be made to:
37445 Clinton Avenue
Dade City, FL 33525
~ MAIN SOURCE:
Tampa Bay Online (December 30, 2009)
Sacred Heart Cemetery
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Record added: May 29, 2011
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Thank you for your World War II service to our country, Sergeant Black! May you rest in eternal Heavenly peace! You have certainly earned it!|
Added: Nov. 1, 2011
Thankyou for your Service|
Added: Jun. 15, 2011