Harold Robert ‘Bob’ Crompton

Harold Robert ‘Bob’ Crompton

Harold Robert “Bob” Crompton, 242 S. Neshannock Road, Hermitage, passed away unexpectedly at 6:45 p.m. Monday (10-16-06) in UPMC Horizon, Farrell, after a brief illness. He was 82.

Mr. Crompton was born Friday, Dec. 28, 1923, in Sharon, a son of William and Nancy O. Winters Crompton.

A lifelong area resident, he was a member of Sharon High School’s graduating class of 1942.

For more than 40 years, Mr. Crompton worked at the former Sharon Steel Corp.’s Farrell plant, retiring in 1986.

He was of the Protestant faith.

An outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing and especially enjoyed his annual fishing trips to Canada.

Mr. Crompton was an avid bowler and in years past had belonged to several leagues throughout the Shenango Valley.

He also belonged to AARP, a retired person’s organization, and to a cancer survivors’ group at UPMC Horizon, Farrell.

A sports fan and NASCAR enthusiast, his favorite drivers were Dave Blaney and Tony Stewart.

A decorated Army Air Force veteran, he served abroad in England and France during World War II and completed 61 missions as an aerial gunner. Mr. Crompton, or “Ace,” as his fellow soldiers knew him, achieved a rank of staff sergeant and was honorably discharged on Sept. 14, 1945. His medals and citations included the Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with five Bronze Stars.

He was a member of the 410th Bomb Group Association.   

A volunteer, Mr. Crompton enjoyed giving his time to the Mercer County Historical Society.

His wife, the former Margie Elizabeth Jarrett, whom he married June 8, 1945, survives at the residence.

He will be sadly missed by: his two daughters, Nancy M. Kaliney and her husband George, Wheatland; and Rebecca “Becky” S. Maybray and her husband Richard, Mercer; a sister, June Turacey, Hermitage; and his granddaughter, Dr. Amanda M. Kuharik, also Wheatland.

Mr. Crompton was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Goldie Bell; and two brothers, David and Arthur Crompton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercer County Historical Society, 119 S. Pitt St., Mercer 16137.

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Harold Robert “Bob,” 82, of 242 S. Neshannock Road, Hermitage.

Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday (10-19-06) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@verizon.net

Service: Funeral service at noon Friday (10-20-06) in the funeral home with the Rev. C. Charles Eckles, pastor of IHS Ministries, Hermitage, officiating.

Interment: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage, with full military honors provided by Sharon Honor Guard.

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