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Robert Pope

December 24, 1923 — October 19, 2021


Robert Charles Pope, Sr., 97, of Quakertown, PA, died October 19, 2021, at Phoebe Richland, Richlandtown, PA. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth Randall (Zehner) Pope in 2009. They were married for 65 years.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on December 24, 1923, Robert was the son of the late Robert Pope and Ruth (Edling) Pope. After graduating from Cranford High School, Robert attended Lehigh University where he earned a BA and BS in Electrical Engineering.

Robert honorably served his country during WWII as a Lieutenant in the US Army Air Force from 1943-1946. He was a bombardier and navigator flying on B29's in the Pacific Theater. He flew eleven bombing missions against Japan.

Robert worked for the Bethlehem Steel Company from 1946-1982 in the Blast Furnace
Division. He began as a laborer in ore handling, ore screening, sintering and iron production. He retired in 1982 as the Divisional General Foreman of the Open Hearth and Basic Oxygen Furnace.

Robert and his wife's most satisfying accomplishment was the historical restoration of their 1790's Haycock Township farmhouse. He lived in this home for 68 years, and in 2014 he was very proud to preserve 75 acres of his farmland in the Bucks County Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

Survivors: Son Robert and his wife Beverly in Quakertown, PA; Son David and his wife Suzanne in Sandy, OR; and Daughter Ruth Ann and her partner Rick Grove in Bath, PA. Grandchildren David, Donald, Kirsten, Rebecca, and Adam; Great-Grandchildren Hannah, Julia, Justin, and Daniel.

Services: A private gravesite service will be scheduled at the convenience of the family

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