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Robert (Bob) “Yappo” Karr

  • On August 13, 2022

Robert (Bob) “Yappo” Karr, 90, formerly of Moon Township was taken from this life on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. He passed away at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh. Robert was born on March 28, 1932, to Charles and Mary Karr. He was raised on Fountain Avenue in Crafton and graduated from Crafton High School in 1950. Bob served in the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. He retired from Duquesne Light, where he worked as a supervisor in the Meter Reading Department for 34 years.

Bob leaves behind three daughters: Kathleen “Kitty” (David) Gavura of Pittsburgh; Donna (Robert) Kunkle of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Maureen (Thomas) Szymanski of Ford City. He had 2 granddaughters, Natalie and Caroline Gavura, both of NJ and one grandson, Luke Szymanski (Lexi) of Sarver and a great granddaughter, Kaisley Szymanski. A sister-in-law, Marianne Karr Garity of Erie and three nephews and four nieces. Bob also leaves behind his lifelong friend, Merle Michelucci.

Bob was preceded in death by his brother Charles (Chuck) “Fuzzy” Karr; Sister and brother-in-law Mary Evelyn and William H. Duessel along with three of their children Ricky, Debbie and Barbara; his Uncle “Buddy” and Aunt “Kitty” Dagnall; Aunt “Babe” and his faithful companion of 17 years, Buffy.

Bob enjoyed Reuben sandwiches, monthly class reunions, dancing, plays, music and always doing some sort of house DIY project. He was a long-standing member of the Ewing Mill Heights Civic Association during the 1970’s when whole neighborhoods got together for fun.

He lived an active and energetic life. His participation in high school sports led him to the adult Northside Softball League for 15 years and then to officiating at Pittsburgh high schools for 27 years. Bob continued to exercise at a local gym until his late 80’s.

Bob was one of the good guys – He was friendly, always smiling, laughing and ready to listen to or tell a story. A great provider and did all he could to take care of his girls. A fantastic father – He was loved so much and will be greatly missed.

As per Bob’s request, there will be no viewing or service.

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