Robert E. Nevling, 87, vet, civic leader, dies

By on September 25, 2013

Robert E. Nevling, 87, of Stevens, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Ephrata Community Hospital.

Born in Portage, Cambria County, on Sept. 16, 1926, Robert was a son of the late Sherman and Rose (Stiles) Nevling. His wife, Sara M. (Holliday) Nevling, died Aug. 3, 2008.

A 1951 University of Pittsburgh graduate, he was a member of the honorary economics fraternity. Bob was a Korean and World War II Navy Veteran who’s greatest memory was was watching from the deck of his ship (USS YMS 371), while the Japanese surrendered on the Missouri. He was a retired information systems manager for General Public Utilities, Reading, TMI, Middletown and PA Electric Co., Johnstown for 39 years. An active member and past council president of Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, Bob was also a member of East Cocalico Lions Club, Reamstown, receiving the Melvin E. Jones Award. He belonged to the Portage VFW and volunteered at Ephrata Manor. Living life to the fullest, spending time with family and helping others was Bob’s love. Surviving are children: Mary Jo Weaver, Denver; Ruth A. Nevling, companion of John Benedict, New Cumberland; Thomas G. Nevling, Lancaster; Edward R. Nevling, Stevens; grandchildren: James and fiancee’ Jen; Sara, Reed and Ben. He was predeceased by a son: James B. Nevling, on April 4, 1986 and brothers: Maurice, Donald and Millard. Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, with his pastor, The Rev. Michael C. Roney, officiating. Burial with military honors was in Ream-Reddig Cemetery, Reamstown.

Rather than flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be sent to his church, Trinity United Methodist Church, 420 Main Street, Denver, PA 17517.

Arrangements by Good Funeral Home. For online condolences, visit

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