HANOVERTON - Robert Earl Watson, 92, of Hanoverton, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at his residence.
Bob was born July 12, 1920, in Wellsville, Ohio, to Walter "Slim" and Florence Mae (Thompson) Watson. He has lived at the present address since 1951.
Bob was a former member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Highlandtown. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1938. Bob was in the U. S. Army 44th General Hospital. After he was discharged from the Army in 1946 he owned and co-operated a truck hauling coal and steel for three years. He was past president of the Columbiana County Fire Department Association, served as fire chief of the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years, and was a Hanover Township trustee. Bob belonged to the American Legion Post #684 in Hanoverton, was a member of the Carnation Auto Classic Association in Alliance, a member of the Tri State Auto Club, a member of the National AARP Association. He had worked for Loudon Garage in Hanoverton for 20 years and was on the Hanoverton Village Council for two and a half terms. Before his retirement he owned and operated the Watson Sales and service which he ran for 32 years.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret "Bette" Elizabeth (Rowe) Watson, whom he married Feb. 12, 1946; two sisters: Mrs. Betty Billie of Wellsville, Ohio, and Mrs. Grace Eileen Halter of Bridgeport, Texas; two brothers, Walter Watson of Hanoverton and Donald Watson of Mt. Vernon Ohio: several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Jack and Harold.
Calling hours will be at the Hanoverton Presbyterian Church on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon.
The funeral will be at the Hanoverton Presbyterian Church on Wednesday at noon with Pastor Tom Allmon officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery in Hanoverton, where military honors will be provided by the American Legion, VFW and DAV.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hanover Township Fire Department.
Arrangements were handled by the Maple Cotton Funeral Home in Kensington.