Robert F Eldred

Published Dec 4, 2018 at 4:00pm

Robert F. “Bob” Eldred, 93, of 919 Jervis Ave., Rome, passed away on Monday, December 03, 2018, at Rome Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for the past three days.

He was born on May 17, 1925, in Callicoon, NY, the son of Benjamin and Edna Metzger Eldred. He attended Callicoon schools and received his GED.

On June 18, 1949, Bob was united in marriage to Betty Jane Schneible in Rome.

He was employed as a supervisor for Griffiss Air Force Base for over thirty-five years, retiring in 1980.

Bob proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy serving during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Church.

Bob enjoyed fishing and camping. He was a man of many talents, especially with his hands. He was able to make or fix just about anything. Bob’s greatest joy in life was being able to spend time with his grandchildren and most recently, his great-granddaughters.

Surviving besides his loving wife of sixty-nine years, Betty; are two children, Debra (Joel) Van Natta, of Lancaster, PA, and Tom (Debra) Eldred, of Webster; a son-in-law, Tom Kuntz, of Sunset Beach, NC; five grandchildren, Jason (Teresa) Van Natta, Kristin Van Natta, David Eldred, James (Jessica) Van Natta, and Brian Eldred; four great-granddaughters, Deanna, Ashley, Marissa, and Leia; and several nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by a daughter, Donna Kuntz; a brother, Ronald Eldred; and a sister, Doris Korth.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018, beginning with a Prayer Service at 11:30 a.m. at the Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome, followed by his Mass of the Christian Burial at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at St. Paul’s Church where the Rev. Robert Kelly will officiate. Interment will take place in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Family and friends are invited and may call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Bethany Gardens Activities Fund. You may light a candle, send a message of sympathy, and read the obituary at