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Robert Louis PodvorecRobert Louis Podvorec, 59, of Ford City, PA, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, August 7, 2017 at ACMH Hospital, following a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.
He was born August 16, 1957 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Stanley and Josephine (Rusiski) Podvorec.
Bob graduated from Avalon High School in 1975 and attended the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey. He began his career as a PA State Trooper in Hershey and started his service with Troup D in Kittanning in 1984. Bob was promoted to the rank of Corporal and spent most of his 25-year career in Kittanning, retiring in January of 2007.
Following his retirement, Bob worked at Tractor Supply, was a substitute teacher at Lenape Tech and served the families at Bauer Funeral Home. He gave back to the community by volunteering as the co-chair for Relay for Life and as an advisor for his sons' youth group. He also helped with Rescue Road Warriors, driving dogs from kill shelters to rescue shelters. Bob coached his sons' Little League teams and Lenape Elementary basketball teams. He was a member of the Kittanning First United Methodist Church, F. O. P. Brady Paul Lodge, and Armstrong Police Association, where he held the position of vice-president.
Bob loved spending time with his wife and sons, fishing, and going to his camp in Cooksburg. He also had a special place in his heart for his dogs, Bode, Missy, Maizy, Ellie, Kylie and Clyde, and his kitties.
His memory will be cherished by his loving wife, Mandy J. (Walbert) Podvorec, whom he married September 17, 1988; sons, Colton Robert Podvorec, of Dormont, and Trenton John Podvorec, at home; brothers, Stanley E. Podvorec, of Pittsburgh, and Joseph Podvorec and wife, Susan, of Beaver; sister, Florence Smallwood and husband, Stanley, of Beaver; brother-in-law, Timothy Walker and wife, Cindy, of Kittanning; nephews, Scott Walker, of Kittanning, Leif Kerr, of Bethlehem, PA, and Michael Podvorec, of Beaver; nieces, Merissa Smith and husband, Gabe, of Kittanning, Timber Walker, of Kittanning, and Kirsten Podvorec, of Beaver; great-nieces, Gabrielle Sims, Kenzie Walker and Madelyn Smith; and good friends who stayed by his side, Ret. Corp. William Sherman and Barracks Secretary Sharon Shartzlander.
Bob was predeceased by his parents and parents-in-law, John D. and Nola J. Walbert.
Relatives and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-9 PM on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 515 N. McKean St., Kittanning, where a Fraternal Order of Police service will take place at 6 PM.
Additional visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of funeral services at 11 AM on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Kittanning First United Methodist Church, 301 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning, with the Rev. Wade Berkey officiating.
Interment will be in Lawn Haven Burial Estates, Worthington, PA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Bob to Orphans of the Storm, PO Box 838, Kittanning, PA 16201 or Kittanning First United Methodist Church, 301 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning, PA 16201.
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