Robert A. Holzwarth, 74, of Crozet, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2013. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 52 years and his four children at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. He was born on March 8, 1939, in Bradford, Pennsylvania, to the late Andrew Clifford and Margaret Disney Holzwarth. He graduated from The Bradford High School in 1957. Upon graduation, he immediately began his very successful 36-year career with Bell of Pennsylvania, which became Bell Atlantic. He was especially proud of the four-year hiatus that he took from his career to enlist in the United States Navy. While in the Navy he continued his work in communications and loved to share stories of the parts of the world that he was able to see through that experience. Upon fulfilling his commitment to the US Navy, he returned to continue his successful career with Bell of Pennsylvania, which he retired from in 1994 as a District Manager. Recognition was not foreign to him, and two of his more notable accolades came from his selfless volunteering at the State College Area VFW Teener League and a certificate of appreciation for his effort in Communications during President George H.W. Bush’s visit to Penn State. Since retiring he enjoyed spending time with his golfing buddies at the State College ELKS club and tailgating at Penn State football games. His true passion in retirement was spending time with his grandchildren, attending as many of their sporting events as possible, and traveling with them on family vacations. He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Sharon; daughter Lynn Hummel and her husband Steve of Houston, Texas; daughter Kristen and her husband Bud Graham of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; daughter Lisa Polites and her husband Edward of Bel Air, Maryland; and his son Drew and his wife Michelle of Crozet; and five grandchildren: Bradford, Joshua, Claire, Andrew, and Michael.
A memorial service was held at the Koch Funeral Home in State College, Pennsylvania, Saturday, July 20, with internment immediately following at the Boalsburg Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Robert Holzwarth to the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, 1265 Crozet Ave Crozet, VA 22932, who provided exceptional care to him.
Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.