Robert Charles (Bob) Vaow, 67, of 2321 Storey Lake Rd., Laceyville, PA, passed away to be with his Mom and Dad, unexpectedly, early Wednesday morning, Jan. 25, 2012 at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock. Born in Kingston, PA on Dec. 25, 1944, he was the beloved son of the late Francis Harry and Grace King Vaow.
Bob spent most of his life in the Meshoppen and surrounding area. For many years, he was a self-employed contractor in the Meshoppen and Laceyville areas. For over 30 years, he was employed by Kintner Modular Homes in Tunkhannock, retiring at the age of 65. In his spare time, he enjoyed working around his farm and home. Bob also spent many hours and days helping his elderly friends and family with home improvements and just helping them around their homes.
Some of his most cherished memories were spent with his boys, riding four wheelers and fishing, on and near his farm and the many family cookouts and other family get-togethers. He loved singing and playing guitar at many functions with the Meshoppen-based group Blue Stone Road. Bob was also the caretaker for the artist retreat near Transue called Soaring Gardens, where he would take care of the grounds, and make many repairs.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Holly J. Smith, whom he married on July 21, 1967; children, Hilary Poepperling and Jason Fluke of Harrisburg, Charles Robert Vaow of Laceyville and Burton Francis Vaow and LeaAnne Marshall of Meshoppen; granddaughters, Ashley Sarnosky of Lake Winola, Jenna Vaow of Mehoopany and a greatg randdaughter, Meleena Sarnosky of Lake Winola. Bobby is also survived by his brother and his wife, Jack and Betty Lou Vaow of Meshoppen; sisters, Dora and her husband Raymond Oliver of Hallstead and Fae Byers of York; his extended family of Marie Bordgenson, Donna and John Moyer, Bill Brenchley, Jim and Marcie Brenchley, Burton and Kathy Smith, Lewis and Sue Smith, Sharon Thorpe, Samuel and Marylou Smith, Lana and Sidney Davies and Lori Anderson and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn Brenchley and Kenneth Vaow.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Gary Myers of the Meshoppen Biblical Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Sunnyside Cemetery in Tunkhannock.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Soaring Gardens (Artist Retreat), c/o The Lerman Trust Funds, Trudy Gerlach, 6907 Wyalusing-New Albany Rd., Wyalusing, PA 18853.