Robert Wilson Augustine Black
September 11, 2017 marked the passing of R. W. Black after a brief illness, and we commend him to our Father in Heaven. Robert was born in Marion Center, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 23, 1927, graduated from his hometown high school, where he played basketball and worked for the family service station. He relocated to Lansing, Kansas, later joining the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Korean conflict. After his honorable discharge, he settled in Leavenworth, Kansas, where he owned and operated a Skelly station before marrying the mother of his daughters, Ernestina V. Lopez.
Bob sought employment as a fire inspector for Trans World Airlines at the overhaul base at MCI, Kansas City, Missouri, and this career took him to work as a production planner at NASA at Kennedy Space Center. He then returned to KC, Missouri, and eventually retired to enjoy free travel via TWA passes, playing bingo, collecting antiques and enjoying his beloved family and friends.
Preceded in death were parents, Harry and Olive Black, sisters, Isabel Filbert, Ruth Coyle, Carolyn Doyle, formerly of Marion Center, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his three daughters, Marta (Thomas) Curry, Wichita, Kansas; Eva (Richard) Gilmore, St Joseph, Missouri; Mary E. “Lisa” (Richard) Pycior, Lees’ Summit, Missouri; grandchildren: Ashley, Anthony, Victor, Maria Curry; Erica (Brian) Carrell, Jennifer (Ryan) Hickman; great-grandchildren: Morgan, Maxwell, Leo, Indy; many nieces and nephews and two godchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Bob wished any memorial be sent to Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory for his confidential charitable bequest. Robert asked that NO service be held, instead a private family celebration is planned for his internment at Leavenworth National Cemetery.