Robert Loyd Lankard, 86, of Meadville, passed away, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at the Meadville Medical Center after a three-month period of failing health.
Born Nov. 20, 1924 in Harris, Kansas, he was the son of Jasper and Minnie Milliman Lankard. He married Beverly R. Witherell on Dec. 16, 1973 at the Kane Baptist Church.
He graduated from Garnett High School in Kansas at a young age. Bob then attended the University of Kansas and earned his teaching degree. At the age of 17 he was a school teacher in Kansas at a one room school house for grades 7 through 12. Also, in his younger years, he had served in the National Guard in Missouri.
Bob is a second generation pipeliner and during his career had worked for numerous contractors. He had worked in over 17 states for such companies as Bechtal, Mid-West, H. L. Jentry, Pipeline Maintenance, Harford Brothers, and Joyce Western Construction Company where he was Superintendent for 25 years. Bob joined Utility Constructors as a Construction Superintendent and was promoted to Pipeline General Superintendent. He currently was working for Skibeck Pipeline Company and Meridian Energy as a consultant.
He had a widespread experience in the management of pipeline construction projects. He had supervised the building of compressor stations from the groundbreaking to the start up. An area Bob had vast experience in is pipe bending. He has held such positions as Bending Foreman and Bending Engineer during his long career. His most challenging project was a 17-mile gas line that ran through Pittsburgh. Bob was recently inducted into the Pipeline Hall of Fame.
He was a member of the Marienville United Methodist Church. Bob was a member of the Linesville American Legion, Post 462. He took a lot of pride in his garden. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was a great storyteller. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and especially cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his loving wife, Beverly R. Lankard; children, Sandra Crossley of Virginia, Karen DeCarlo and her husband, Dwight, of South Carolina, Diana Shimko and her husband, Buster, of Marleysburg, Pa., Rick Dyne of North Carolina, Debi Dyne and Tex Breese of Lewis Run, Pa., Mike Lankard and Carolyn McNeely of Waynesburg, Pa., Shawn Dyne and his wife, Loretta, of Linesville, Linda McComb and her husband, Terry of Conneautville, Robin Corapi of Erie, and Penny Kahle and her husband, Tom, of Marienville, Pa; 23 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four brothers and sisters, Ruth Hatch of Missouri, Jeanette Hiatt and her husband, Kelly, William Lankard, and James Lankard and his wife, Margaret, all of Kansas; a sister-in-law, Hilda Lankard of Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Don, Sam, Dick, Gene, and Leonard; and a sister, Mary.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Royal-Coleman Funeral Home, 6028 U.S. Highway 6, Linesville.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided at the funeral home by the Huidekoper Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2006.
Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Kane, Pa.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Linesville American Legion, Post 462, PO Box 601, Linesville, Pa 16424, the American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, Pa 15235 or the American Cancer Society, 505 Poplar St., Suite 310, Meadville, Pa 16335.
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