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Robert Raymond Mehal, Sr., 81, formerly of Natrona Heights and Oakdale, PA, passed away peacefully at his son's home in Buffalo Township, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Born on July 13, 1938 in Natrona, he was the son of the late Martin L. and Sophie Mehal. Robert was a graduate of Har-Brack High School Class of 1956. He served in the Army as an active and reserve Military Police Soldier from 1960 to 1966. Robert was a longtime JC Penney employee for over 35 years, holding the position as a Store Manager for 25 years, and Regional District Staff Manager for 4 years. He worked in the Pittsburgh area, Philadelphia, Buffalo, New York, and New Jersey for JC Penney. He was a member of Saint Columbkille R.C. Church in Imperial, PA. He loved watching sports, especially the Steelers, Penguins, and the Pirates. His favorite hobby was gardening in his yard, planting trees and flowers. Christmas was special to Robert; he enjoyed decorating his home with his wife for the holiday, of which his children and grandchildren have fond memories. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Charlene Larue (Eversole) Mehal, on March 20, 2017, whom he cherished and loved for 54 years, an infant daughter, Jennifer Mehal, and two brothers, Leonard Mehal and Martin Mehal Jr.. Survivors include sons, Raymond P. Mehal of Carnegie, Robert (Tracy) R. Mehal, Jr. of Buffalo Township, and a daughter, Laura (Chris) Becker of McDonald, PA; four grandchildren, Andrew, Sarah, and Kevin Becker of McDonald, PA, and Robert (Jessica) E. Mehal of Middletown, NY, great grandfather to Maximus, Coleton, and Lincoln Mehal of Middletown, NY, and step-grandfather to Zachary and Michael Mazur of Lower Burrell and Erika Mazur of Honolulu, HI.
The family will receive friends Friday, August 2, 2019 from 9 a.m until the blessing service at 11 a.m. in the Paul R. Ajak Funeral Home, Inc., 2 Pine Street and River Avenue, Natrona. Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights.