Robert J. Crimmel

Born: Sat., Dec. 3, 1938
Died: Thu., Jun. 5, 2014


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Jun. 09, 2014
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jun. 09, 2014
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.

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Mifflintown – Robert J. Crimmel, 75, of Mifflintown passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Brookline Manor, surrounded by his wife and family.

     The younger of two children, he was born December 3, 1938 in Center, and was the son of the late John Melvin and Sarah Rebecca (Emery) Crimmel.

     He is survived by his wife, Mary (Jones) Crimmel; three children, Steven Robert Crimmel and wife, Glenda, of Harrisburg, Susan Rene MacTarnaghan and husband, Clay, of Mifflintown, and Michael Todd Crimmel and wife, Leann, also of Mifflintown; six grandsons, Kevin Crimmel, Kyle Crimmel, Nick Bodley, Neil Bodley, Nathan Bodley and Eric Crimmel, one granddaughter, Erin Crimmel and a sister Helen (Crimmel) Sieber of Port Royal.

     Bob graduated from Tuscarora Valley High School in 1956 and from Juniata College in Huntington in 1960 with a B.S. in Mathematics.

     As a young man, he worked in West Chester for Texas Eastern Pipeline and then for American Viscose, FMC Corporation, Avtex Fibers, and Lewistown Specialty Yarns in Lewistown, until his retirement in 1994.

     Bob was a quiet man and his family was especially important to him. He enjoyed time spent hunting, working on antique cars and on mechanical repair projects, as well as spending time at his son Michael’s farm.  He quietly followed his grandchildren’s sporting and scholastic events.

     He was an avid hunter, sportsman and regularly participated in and won trap shooting competitions at Juniata County Sportsmen’s Association in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  He was a longtime National Rifle Association member and Juniata College supporter.  He was a boy scout and an accomplished baseball pitcher and soccer player for Port Royal Little League and Tuscarora Valley High School.  He pitched and won the game to send his little league team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport. 

     His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 9, at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with Rev. Ken Hepner officiating.  Interment will be in Union Memorial Cemetery, Mifflintown.

     Although there will be no viewing, the family will receive friends one hour prior to the services Monday at the funeral home.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association Foundation, PO Box 1546, Merrifield, VA 22116-9851, Ducks Unlimited, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120 or Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway-Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018.

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Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organizations:

Ducks Unlimited
One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120

National Rifle Association Foundation
PO Box 1546, Merrifield, VA 22116-9851

Parkinson's Foundation
200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131

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Ray Kohler
   Posted Fri June 06, 2014
Mary and children,

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bob in the Lewistown Sentinel. Bob and I were great friends during our teen age years in Port Royal, I even attended Juniata College with him before I transferred to Shippensburg. I remember riding around in his old Chevy. Bob's parents lived on Tuscarora Street and I spent a lot of time at their home. The last time I saw Bob was at the sale of my father's household property in 2000 in the Commercial Building at the Juniata County Fairgrounds.

My sincere sympathy,

Ray Kohler

Ray and Rosemary Bodley
   Posted Fri June 06, 2014
Dear Mary and Family,
May GOD bless each and everyone of you with HIS great peace and comfort.
Ray and Rosemary

Nellie Landis Wharton Sorensen
   Posted Fri June 06, 2014
Dear Mary & Children,

Was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My sister texted me at 4:15 AZ time and then an e-mail from Ray Kohler which I truly appreciated from both.

Bob and I were high school classmates for 6 years and I remember all his athletic abilities and his great sense of dry humor.

Enjoyed seeing both of you at the Class Reunion two years ago. May you and your family find peace in knowing that he is not suffering anymore and that his journey here on earth as a wonderful father and friend will not be forgotten in the years to come. God Bless you Mary and your family.

Jeff and Laura Wiest and family
   Posted Sat June 07, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Crimmel family in which the quality of his legacy is evident and was, I'm sure, the source of great pride. All our best.

Juniata Boys Basketball Booster Club, Players, Coaches, and Parents
   Posted Mon June 09, 2014
Nate Bodley & Family; give you strength at this difficult time fill your heart and help ease the pain give you promise of a brighter tomorrow
Praying the Lord will hold you especially close and comfort you all through the coming days and that you'll be strengthened by the love of family and friends.
Our deepest sympathies,
With love from your Juniata Boys Basketball Family

Lisa Becker
   Posted Thu June 12, 2014
Mary and family,
I would like to express my sympathies for your loss. Bob was a wonderful man, husband, and father. May God support you through the weeks and months ahead and give you strength to endure.