Robert "Uncle Bob" L. Shainline, Sr., 80, of Pittston, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Wesley Village, Jenkins Twp.. He was reunited with his beloved wife of 51 years, Louise Martin Shainline, who passed away September 6, 2017.
Born in Norristown, he was a son of the late Joseph B., Sr. and F. Louisa Smith Shainline. He was a graduate of Collegeville-Trappe High School, Collegeville, PA, Class of 1959. Robert served in PA Army National Guard. Earlier in his career, he was employed by New York Center, Ronkonkoma, NY, as an air traffic controller. He was part of the historic PATCO class of 1981. Robert was also an aircraft mechanic, flight instructor and commercial pilot.
Bob was a beloved Dad, Pop Pop, Uncle and dear friend. When his children were younger he was a Cub Master in Harding. His greatest joy was sharing his life with his family and what a legacy he leaves behind.
He was a man of great faith in his Lord and Savior and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Along his journey, he was a great support for so many and his smile and sense of humor helped brighten many days. He was also longtime friend of Bill W. and Dr. Bob.
He is survived by his loving and devoted children, Deborah Tokar and husband, Leonard. Hughestown; Robert Jr., and his wife, Sabrina, Windsor, Colorado; Rebecca Shainline and fiancé, Ted Tolan, Taylor; Heather Ruth and husband, Robert, Port Charlotte, Fla.; 29 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren with one on the way, 1 Great Great Granddaughter and one on the way; furbabies, Frannie and Winnie; several nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph B., Jr., J. Ervin and Dr. William E. Shainline and sisters, Pearle Richards and Betty Butterworth.
A blessing service will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 8:00 PM at Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street Pittston (Port Griffith), with Fr. Joseph Elston, officiating.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County 524 E. Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.