Robert W.D. “Bob” Markel
May 7, 1937 - February 24, 2022
Robert W.D. “Bob” Markel, age 84, a longtime resident of Southampton, PA, passed away on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at his eldest daughter’s residence.
Born on May 7, 1937 in Philadelphia, PA, he was a son of the late Francis H. and Katherine L. (Monfalcone) Markel. Bob was a graduate of Jules E. Mastbaum AVTS and proudly served in the US Navy upon graduation. He was in the HVAC industry for his entire career and was a member of the Steamfitters Local 420 in Philadelphia, PA.
Bob was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, despite the team’s ups and downs over the years. As a season ticket holder at Franklin Field, Veterans Stadium, and Lincoln Financial Field, he appreciated the team finally rewarding his loyalty with a championship win in 2018. In addition to following the Eagles, Bob enjoyed a good Phillies game, the occasional round of golf, and salmon fishing trips with his good friends. Inspired by the planes he watched take off and land on the aircraft carriers he served on while in the Navy, he earned his private pilot license while “hanging out” at Northeast Philadelphia Airport.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Anna E. (Buller) Markel and his brother, Francis H. Markel II. He is survived by his “girls”, Debra A. Fuchs (Bob) of Middletown, DE, Kathleen E. Paulino (Rex) of Levittown, PA, and Karen D. Nutter (Joe) of Palestine, WV; sister, Marge Acheson of Clementon, NJ; 11 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
“We love you to pieces too, Dad.”
Services and interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.