Robert L. Schell, formerly of Mechanicsburg, died 9 February 2016, at the Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home in Carlisle.
He was born June 14, 1926, the son of Tom and Freda Schell, and half-brother to Ralph. Bob was preceded in death by the love of his life, Polly. They joined hands and hearts on their wedding day and remained so for over 62 years.
While he lived a full young life before he met Polly, Bob's marriage was his life. He began as a teacher then expanded his life to include being a loving father to Russ and Janet, doting and loving grandfather to Ryan and Allison, and grateful and loving father-in-law to Fred. And his favorite earthly companion while awaiting his reunion with Polly was the sweetest puppy, Lily.
As a State Champion in college wrestling Bob continued to use that strength and discipline to help others. First teaching, then working in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, he was also involved in the Boy Scouts, Global Education, the United Nations, National Audubon, and Foreign Policy to name just a few of his extra-professional interests. If a group's mission was to make the world a better place to live, then Bob would be first in line, often leading.
In his spare time, while working and raising a family, Bob earned his Doctorate in Education. It was a labor of perseverance and patience, and as with all projects in his life, he did it with zest.
But, he was not all work. Bob enjoyed hiking and sailing his sunfish with family and friends. While guarding the shores of this wonderful country while he was in the Army Air Force, he got the itch to travel. First traveling this country, he then took his family and friends on once in a lifetime trips to all points around the globe.
Still, home was always his favorite place to share with Polly. They dug, tilled and planted gardens together making every house a home. They raised a family together just like their gardens, providing love and shelter to all children who entered their home. Home was where Bob welcomed friends and family with a generous heart and open arms.
Though some time has passed, special appreciation must be given to Bob's Caregivers who made it possible for him to remain in the home he shared with Polly to the last possible day. Their kindness and generosity was unmatched.
As difficult as it was to leave his home, the staff at the Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home made Bob's private room a comfortable and safe home. Their professionalism and compassion was deeply appreciated.
Bob was a devoted husband to Polly, especially during the twilight years of their marriage. His children and grandchildren were blessed to have him for their father and grandfather.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the Newport Cemetery.
Bob's family requests any memorial contributions be sent to the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 North Walnut St., Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055-3362 or any branch of the local library system.