Robert S. Garfield, 77, of 53 Raymond Ave., Corry, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at his winter home in Palmetto, Fla.

He was born July 26, 1922, in Cutting, N.Y., the son of the late Joe and Florence Spinks Garfield. 

After attending Clymer Central School, Mr. Garfield served as an apprentice in the plumbing and heating profession.  Later, he took related classes and graduated from West Virginia University.

Mr. Garfield served in World War II from September 1942 to 1946 in the U.S. Air Force Flying Cadets.  For 18 months, while in Liberal, Kan., he trained pilots to fly four-engine bombers.  Mr. Garfield was then transferred to the South Pacific Theater of Operation for the remainder of his military career. 

Mr. Garfield received an honorable discharge.  He became a licensed pilot and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In 1956, he founded Garfield Plumbing % Heating Supply and operated the business until 1993 while working as a firefighter for the City of Corry.  He retired from the fire department in March 1986.  Mr. Garfield was a lifetime member of the Stanford Hose Co.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred McEvoy.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rachel Roush, whom he married June 30, 1984; two daughters, Mary Louise Sandberg and her husband, Dexter, of Corry; and Susan J. Garfield of Los Angeles; a son, Jonn R. Garfield, of Jefferson, Ohio; a granddoughter, Michelle Huffman of Waterford; a grandson, Jeffery Ploss of Corry; three great-granddaughters; a stepson, Stephen Loveland and his wife, Brenda, of Jacksonville, Fla., a stepdaughter, Cynthia Hartley, and her husband, Michael, of Corry; two step-granddaughters, Lauren Maroni of Hamburg, N.Y., and Amanda Loveland of Jacksonville; two brothers, Floyd Garfield of Elma, N.Y., and Richard Garfield and his wife, Nancy, of High Springs, Fla., and three sisters, Jean Hibbard and her husband, Merle, of Lake City, Fla., Leona Thompson and her husband, James, of CLymer, N.Y., and Helen Green of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Spitzer Funeral Home in Clymer.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Bemis officiating.  Burial will be in CUtting Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stanford Hose Co., 14 E. South street, Corry.

August 26, 1922 - January 29, 2000

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