Robert Bankes

December 20, 1923 ~ June 29, 2019 (age 95)

            Robert L. Bankes, 95 of Muhlenberg Township died on Saturday June 29, 2019.  He was the husband of the late Betty R (Fritz) Bankes.  Born in Reading, he was the son of the late William C. and Jennie (Fritz) Bankes.  He is survived by two daughters, Terrylyn M.D. wife of Michael J. Mullery of Sarasota, FL and Lori, wife of Robert J. Michalsky, Chester Springs, PA.

            In addition, he is survived by grandson, Eric Michalsky husband of Sallie Cook, granddaughter Jill Serrano Michalsky, wife of Christian Serrano, and great granddaughters Scottlyn, Hadley and Rosemary Michalsky.  There are three nieces: Sharon, wife of Dean Whitman; Heidi wife of Daniel Moser; Vicki, wife of the late Ronald Row Jr and three nephews: William Bankes husband of Mary Hoelker; James W. Schoellkopf Jr husband of Alice Klein; and Eric Schoellkopf, Sr husband of Veronica Babilon.  There are 13 additional grand nieces and nephews and 17 great-grand nieces and nephews.

            He graduated from the Reading High School in 1941, McCann’s School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton’s School of Accounts and Finances.  He was a life member of the National Institute of Management Accountants.

            During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Anti-Aircraft division in the South Pacific and Southern Philippines where he was awarded two Bronze stars.

            He was manager of Regulatory Accounting at Med-ED/First Energy Corporation retiring after 38 years.  He served as secretary to the trustees and Financial Secretary-Treasurer of the Temple Fire Co. for 38 years retiring in 2011.  He was a life member of Central Fire Co. in Laureldale.  He also was a member of Rosedale U.C.C. where he was treasurer for 26 years.

            He served as treasurer of Met-Ed Retirees.  He was a member of West Lawn Seniors, Tuckerton Nifty Fifty Club and People over Fifty Retirees.  He was also instrumental in establishing and financing the Laurel Run Swimming Association in Muhlenberg Park. 

            Services will be held on Monday, July 8th, at 11 a.m. at Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 3300 Kutztown Rd., Laureldale. 

Viewings will be Sunday evening from 5-7, and Monday morning from 10-11, in the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Laureldale Cemetery, Muhlenberg Township.  Contributions may be made to the Rosedale U.C.C 1301 Bellevue Ave, Laureldale, PA 19605

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