Robert L. Panko, 83, of Butler passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at his residence.
Born January 3, 1938, he was a son of the late John and Sophie (Kozlowski) Panko.
Robert worked for Butler Armco in the Slab Mill Maintenance Dept. for 40 years, He retired in 1996.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife and camping. He was also a member of the N.R.A.
Surviving is his wife, Kathleen “Kay” Panko whom he married November 4, 1961.
His four children: Robert (Kristin) Panko, Jr. of VA., Michael (Marie) Panko of Butler, Cheryl (Scott) Carter of FL. and Patricia (Larry) LaRue of GA.
Six grandchildren: Jeffrey Panko, Josh (Tiffany) Panko, Sarah (Greg) DeVore, Christopher Panko, Linzie LaRue and Buddie LaRue.
His great-grandchildren Emma Panko and Ben DeVore.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Josephine “Cookie” Salak.
Friends will be received at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham St. from 12:00-3:00 and 6:00-8:00 pm Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated Saturday at 10:00 am at St. Conrad Roman Catholic Church, 125 Buttercup Rd., Butler, PA 16001. Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Butler.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Robert’s honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Due to current mandates and restrictions, everybody is required to wear facial covering and practice social distancing.