Robert Harpster

Robert E. "Bob" Harpster

Monday, January 7th, 1963 - Monday, September 21st, 2020
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Robert E. “Bob” Harpster, 57, of rural Bellefonte, passed away with his mother and wife by his side, on Monday, September 21, 2020 at Mount Nittany Medical Center from complications from surgery. Bob was born on January 7, 1963 in Lock Haven, a son of David W. and June E. Heimer Harpster of Mill Hall. On September 15, 2012 he married the former Patti A. Lucas, who survives at home. He began his beautiful journey with Patti in 2004 and he always said they were “peas and carrots”. Also surviving are his children, Tabatha Harpster (Chad Kuntz) of Lock Haven, Michael (Amanda) Houtz of Linden, Ryan T. Menges (Megan Stoner) of Spring Mills, Tyler J. Menges (Veronica Shaw) of Milroy and Bri M. Gardner (Buck) of Howard; his grandsons, Hunter A. Shirk, Jonathan Houtz, his granddaughter, Mia Houtz; a brother Terry L. Harpster of Lock Haven, and a niece Bella R. Snook of Lock Haven.
Bob was a 1981 graduate of Bald Eagle Nittany High School. He was an electrician his entire life, most recently for X-Pert Communications.
Bob was a “McGyver” in his younger years. He went to Spain to design a machine to manufacture diapers for Haven Pride. He was an excellent Pop Pop to his best buddy Hunter. He was a tinkerer, a great artist and he designed his own tattoos. Bob had a great sense of humor, a great work ethic and opened his home to many in need. He was passionate about hang gliding and he was never afraid of trying anything new, a true adventurous spirit. Bobby’s sudden passing leaves a gaping hole in many aching hearts. We shall miss him forever, but are also blessed and grateful by knowing this good man.
A memorial service and luncheon will be held at 253 Sycamore Lane, Wingate on Saturday, September 26th at 11:00 A. M. with Pastor Dan Longmore officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home and
Cremation Service, Inc., 201 Spring Street, Milesburg. Online condolences may be
made at
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Justin Gallagher

Posted at 06:49pm
Bobby was always such a great person to be around, always fun and good hearted. I feel privileged to have met him and known him for all the years that I did, he was always happy and had such a great outlook on everything. The biggest impact Bobby had on me was when him and his wonderful wife Patti opened their home to me when I had turmoil and family conflict going on.....and allowed me to live with them until I graduated high school. I remember so many good times with Bobby that I couldn't even pick my favorite one, he just always seemed like the most relaxed and laid back guy I ever met and I always wished I could see things the way he did, because he made it look easy. This loss is a terrible loss because he was one of the best. My prayers and best wishes go out to his wife Patti, his daughter Tabby, his stepsons Ryan and Tyler, Bri-Buck-and Hunter, and everyone else affected by this loss. He was a great man and he is looking down now protecting us all today.

Joyce Barner

Posted at 06:04am
Bobby, who was only three years younger than me, was like my little brother, we grew up together, played, fought and formed a forever bond. I know in my heart he is in heaven with Gram and Pap Heimer getting lots of love and hugs. I will always cherish the memories of our time together over the years and know he is in a better place. His sweet loving wife was the love of his life and brought much joy to his world. He was the apple of his mothers eye for very good reasons. He will be missed dearly by many. Rest in peace Bobby, you will live on forever in our hearts. Love Aunt Joyce

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