Robert G. Mellinger, owned Bob’s American Used Cars, helped build PA turnpike

By on June 22, 2016

Robert G. Mellinger, 85, of Ephrata, passed away, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy.

He was born in Ephrata to the late Roland and Kathryn (Weitzel) Mellinger, and was the husband of the late Mary R. (Rice) Mellinger with whom he had shared 61 years of marriage before her passing in 2013.

Bob was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He was the owner/operator of Bob’s American Used Cars for 54 years, which he started at Schaum’s Corner before moving to Ephrata in 1973. He was a buyer at the Garden Spot Auto Auction since its beginning. Earlier in his career he drove a milk truck, and had helped build the Pennsylvania Turnpike. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bob was known to the nurses as “the flashlight man.” The family would like to thank all of his buddies who visited while he was sick.

Bob is survived by his five children: Kathy A., wife of Doug Weaver, of Ephrata; Mary K., wife of Glen Weaver, of Lititz, Robert G. Jr., husband of Michelle Mellinger, of Ephrata; Jean L., wife of Kurt Martin, of Akron; Betty M., wife of Chris Witthuhn, of Drums; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by a granddaughter: Amanda M. Brynarsky; a brother: Roland Mellinger; and a foster sister: Winifred.

Services were held June 20 at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, Ephrata. Interment was in the Memory Gardens Memorial Cemetery.

The family would also like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy.

Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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