The campus community mourns the passing of Robert “Bob” Reigle, 85, who died on Monday, August 14. Robert was employed as a custodian at Bucknell, retiring in 1995 after 17 years of service. His daughter, Bonnie Wirth, is employed in the Bucknell facilities department, and his grandson, David Wirth, is a 2002 graduate.
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On behalf of our entire University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Bob’s family, as well as to all who knew him at Bucknell.
John C. Bravman
Robert “Bob” E. Reigle, 85, of Vicksburg, entered into rest Monday, August 14, 2017, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.
He was born October 11, 1931, in the Village of Rand, a son of the late Grant and Martha (Belmar) Reigle. In September of 1959, he married the former Phyllis Pick, who preceded him death December 4, 2000.
Bob attended Laurelton Elementary School and graduated from Mifflinburg High School in 1951.
He retired as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1971. Bob held every enlisted rank from E-1 to Master Sgt E-8, then made 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, and Captain through 20 years of service.
Bob served a 12 month tour in Korea in 1952, and two tours in Viet Nam in 1966 and 1967.
He received a Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, Purple Heart with three gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal with three stars, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, United Nations Medal, Korean President Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation.
On June 3, 1979, Captain Reigle received a certificate for outstanding community achievement of Vietnam Era Veterans from the President of the United States, Jimmy Carter.
He was a member of the Mifflinburg American Legion Post 410 firing squad and served in the honor guard for funerals for area veterans. Bob was also a member of the Benfer-Miller American Legion Post 957, New Berlin, Yoder-Zimmerman V.F.W Post 1964, Mifflinburg, West End Fire Co., Glen Iron, life member of the Marine Corps League Susquehanna Valley Detachment, Mifflinburg Moose Lodge 1396, life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Pennsylvania Sheriffs Association, Marine Corps Mustang Association, and four share holder of the Union County Sportsmen’s Club, Weikert.
Bob worked at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Lewisburg, from 1971 until 1977. He retired at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, in 1995, after 17 years of service.
Surviving are one son, Jon Reigle of Mifflinburg; two daughters, Dianne Garcia of Sunbury, and Bonnie Wirth of Lewisburg; six grandchildren, David Wirth of Mifflinburg, Karl Wirth of Sunbury, Jon Reigle, II of Milton, Florida, Brook Reigle of New Columbia, Gabrielle Bond of Phoenixville, and Heath Sholly of Middleburg; one brother, Roger Reigle of Mifflinburg; one sister, Violet Wallace of Mifflinburg; and his longtime companion, Jo Miller of Penns Creek.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Wilda; and one brother, William.
At the request of Captain Reigle, there will be no viewing or service. “God Bless to my family and all of my friends. Semper Fidelis.” – Bob Reigle
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Bob’s memory may be made to the Union County Sportsmen’s Club, 50 Sportsmen’s Club Lane, Millmont, PA 17845, for the deer herd and fish program.
Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg.