Robert S. Spawn, 97, a former resident of 5 E. First Ave., Johnstown, N.Y. passed away on Dec. 2, 2012 at Nathan Littauer Nursing home. He was born May 17, 1915, in Johnstown, N.Y., the son of Claude and Laura Van Trump Spawn.
He was a graduate of Johnstown High School. He was united in marriage to the former Ruth Mabel Getman on March 18, 1939 and she passed away on Dec. 17, 2009. Bob grew up during the Depression and in 1932 he joined his father's business, Scriven and Spawn, as a carpenter. He later became a letter carrier for the US Postal Service in Johnstown, carrying mail for city and rural routes for 36 years. He served his country, honorably, during WWII as a mail clerk in the postal unit attached to the Army VII Corps in the European Theater.
At 97, he was one of the oldest remaining WWII veterans in Fulton County and for this, he was recognized by the Eagles organization. He served his community by chairing the Ful. Co. Selective Committee during the Viet Nam War years. He was a past president and board member of the Johnstown Y.M.C.A. and was active in the Royal Mountain Ski Club as a board member and instructor. He will be remembered for his tireless efforts at the Methodist Church and St. Patrick's Masonic Lodge. Bob and wife, Ruth, enjoyed over 70 years of married life, living in the home Bob built on First Ave. There he planted a rose garden for Ruth and tended flowers, raspberries and vegetables. Bob loved playing golf at the Nick Stoner Golf Course where he was a member for over 60 years. It was there that he scored one of his two holes in one on the ninth hole and won a Falling Leaves Tournament in the late 1960's.
Bob was also an avid skier until the age of 80, skiing with his family and friends at Royal Mountain, Gore and Stratton ski areas. In retirement, he did carpentry work and enjoyed working with wood, especially projects for family and friends. He became part owner of several standardbred horses and loved going to the Saratoga Harness Track to see his horses race. He delivered Meals On Wheels for several years and actively participated on various committees and activities at the former Christ Lutheran Church, where he was a member.
He especially enjoyed the Mens' Coffee Hour at the church and having coffee at Wally's with his retired postal buddies. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. He believed in God, family and country and lived his life true to his ideals, instilling them in his children and grandchildren. We will all miss him.
He is survived by four daughters; Wendy (Arthur) Spring of Johnstown, Pamela (Richard) Lowell of Johnstown, Marjorie (Frank) Herman of Saratoga Springs and Roberta Frost of Ithaca. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; Lauri (Michael) Nawrot , Derek (Lisa) Spring, Corrie (Dan) Hickok, Caitlyn Spring, Amanda (Ben) Hider, Jonathon Frost, Arnold(Nicole) Frost, Ashley Herman and Michael Herman and six great-grandchildren; Jacob Villa, Ryan and Justin Nawrot, Andrew, Nathan and William Frost, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Spawn was pre-deceased by a sister, Lucille Subik and brothers Douglas and William Spawn. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Ehle Funeral Home. Interment will be in Ft. Plain Cemetery.
In recognition of the loving care provided him by the staff, memorial contributions may be made to the Recreational Therapy Program at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home, 99 E. State St., Gloversville, N.Y. 12078.