Robert G. "Bob" Diffenderfer, 90, of McAlisterville, passed away at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at the Richfield Senior Living Center.
Born on November 25, 1931 in Mifflintown, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Ralph O. and Anna E. (Garman) Diffenderfer. On August 15, 1954, he married his late wife, Erma A. (Nace) Diffenderfer, with whom he was blessed to share more than 63 years of marriage before her passing on March 4, 2018.
He is survived by: his children, Lon Diffenderfer and his wife Susan, of Selinsgrove, Brian Diffenderfer and his wife Kelli, of Millersburg, Hope Burd and her husband Tony, of Mifflintown; siblings, Sandra Stroup and her husband Glenn of Richfield, Joanne Goodling of Mifflintown, Shirley Strawser of Mount Pleasant Mills, Ralph Diffenderfer and his wife Pearl of Jacksonville, FL, and Richard Diffenderfer and his wife Eloise of Peyton, CO; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and many generations of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Larry Diffenderfer, and another brother, Donovan Diffenderfer.
Bob was a 1949 graduate of Fayette High School in McAlisterville and honorably served our country in the United States Army.
He was employed and retired as a Surveyor with over 30 years of service to Penn Dot out of the Amity Hall Shed. After retirement, he drove school van for his brother in law, Harry "Bus" Nace.
His memberships include the Brown’s United Methodist Church in McAlisterville where he previously served as the Sunday School Superintendent, and was a member of the men's chorus; and was a member of the Bunkertown Men's Chorus where he served as the past treasurer.
He enjoyed gardening, decorating for Christmas, bowling, which he did faithfully for years at various local bowling alleys, loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events and school activities, and was a loyal patron of the Bread of Life Restaurant; however, his greatest joy came from time spent with his family.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 7, 2022 from the Brown’s United Methodist Church, 33401 Route 35 North, McAlisterville with Pastor Kevin Brophy officiating. Interment will follow in the Brown’s United Methodist Cemetery, Cocolamus where full military burial honors will be accorded by the Juniata County Veteran's Council.
A viewing will be held from 10:00 AM on Friday until the time of service at 11:00 AM at the Church.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Diffenderfer’s memory may be made to the Brown’s United Methodist Church, 33401 Route 35 North, McAlisterville, PA 17049.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
Online condolences and tributes can be shared with the family at www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.