First Posted: 10/20/2010
Robert Lewis Fetherman, 73, of Clarks Summit, died Monday, Oct. 11, upon arrival at Mercy Hospital. His wife of 16 years, the former Carol Ransom, died Feb. 15, 2003.
Born Oct. 5, 1937, in Scranton, he was the son of the late Lewis and Mildred Howe Fetherman. A Clarks Summit resident since 1986, he was formerly of West Scranton. He was a 1955 graduate of West Scranton High School and received an associate degree in business from Keystone College. He was a retired chief of Clarks Summit Police Department, where he was employed more than 21 years and was a former sergeant and patrolman. He had a career in automobile sales, having worked part-time for the former Island Auto Sales and other Scranton dealers. Early in his career, he was employed by G.E. Supply Co. and Affiliated Foods, both of Scranton. Bob also worked for area funeral homes. He had been the owner-operator of the Depot Restaurant. He had extensive criminal justice and motor vehicle code training, having completed the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Hershey; Act 120 course at the Pennsylvania State Police training center, Wyoming; courses at Pennsylvania State Police, Dunmore; and training at The University of Scranton.
An entrepreneur, Bob was a collector and dealer of antiques and collectables. He was often seen at flea markets, garage sales and auctions. An avid train enthusiast, he was a collector of Lionel trains and attended many train shows. He and his late wife had an extensive doll collection.
He was member of Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, where he was a policeman at its former weekly dances. He was a dedicated life member of Clarks Summit Fire Company 1, Inc., having been a member more than 36 years, and most recently served as financial secretary and supervisor of the hall rental. He was co-originator and a leading volunteer for the monthly breakfast at the fire station. Over the years, he was active in fundraising for the fire company, as the business liaison and chairman of coin drops. Bob was always willing to help others in the community, from planting flowers in front of the Summit Diner to driving firetrucks. He often shared his humor and laughter, looking at others with his gentle smile.
Surviving are a beloved sister, Marjorie F. Yeich, Mount Joy; two stepdaughters, Linda Dailey Hoban and husband, Joseph; and Sandra Avery, Scranton; a cherished granddaughter, Hollis; a niece, Pamela Yeich, Mount Joy; a nephew, Brian Yeich and wife, Krystal, Fayetteville, N.C.; a grandnephew, Patrick and a grandniece, Ashleigh. He was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Lee Yeich.
The funeral was Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, with services by the Rev. Judy Wanck, pastor, Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Dunmore Cemetery. Members of Clarks Summit Fire Company hosted a memorial service Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Clarks Summit Fire Co., P.O. Box M, Clarks Summit, 18411.