Robert Confer, 79, of Emmaus, died peacefully at home April 16, 2019, surrounded by his family after a 14-month battle with glioblastoma. He was the husband of Ruth A. (DeWalt) Confer and they would have celebrated 59 years of marriage June 18. Born in Alburtis, he was the son of the late Warren H. and Miriam G. (Haas) Confer.
He was a graduate of Emmaus High School, Class of 1957.
He retired from Mack Trucks in 2004 after 36 years of service and was previously employed with Cutler Hammer.
He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and cooking Sunday dinners for his family. He had weekly golf matches with his brothers and an annual family tournament dubbed, ”The Confer Open.” He was a lifelong Eagles and Dodgers fan.
He is survived by his wife; children, Greg (Lois), Kathleen (Bryan) Eshleman, Cheryl (Chris) Zang, Sheila (Lowell) Smith and Rebecca (Rick) Krage; grandchildren: Nick, Cadie (Todd) Bandura, Aaron (Becca), Erik (Jess) and Addison (Emily) Eshleman, Emilee (Tristin) Chambers, Meaghan (Jared) Falkanger, Ian Zang, David (Sarah), Isaac (Enjoli), Benjamin Smith, Allyson, Erika, Jenna, Anna and Madelyn Krage; six great-grandchildren, including one on the way; siblings, Jimmy, Donnie, Ronnie, Carl, Rich, David, Mary, Marion, Dorothy and Susie. He was predeceased by siblings, Warren, Billy, Lloyd, Maggie, Janet and Shirley.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place, Suite 170, Bethlehem, 18017 or to the Salem Christian School Athletics Booster Club, 8032 Salem Bible Church Road, Macungie, 18062.
Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Homes, Emmaus.