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Robert Seaton Starry

Aug 7, 2015

Robert Seaton Starry, 93, of 11395 Pine Hill Drive, died July 27, 2015, at his residence, in Waynesboro,


He was born on Stone Row in Shepherdstown, on July 21, 1922, to the late Edgar L. and Margret E. (Show) Starry and raised in the Christ Reform Church.

He spent a few years residing with his family in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

He graduated from Shepherdstown High School and attended Shepherd College pursuing a degree in athletics. Bob was an avid sports fan and a star member of several championship teams in baseball, football and basketball while attending both schools. Bob was a dedicated golfer and belonged to the Waynesboro Country Club for many years. He was a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins and was a season ticket holder for over five decades. He was also honored as a distinguished fan of Shepherd University Football.

Bob married Winifred “Wini” Ann Gardner, of Martinsburg, on June 1, 1946.

Bob was a part of the Greatest Generation, entering the Navy during World War II and becoming a naval aviator, receiving his wings at Pensacola NAS. After the war, he was again recalled to the Navy during the Korean Conflict. Stationed at NAAS Oceana, Norfolk, Virginia, he was attached to Fighter Squadron VF-671 on the U.S.S. Tarawa in the Mediterranean.

Later Bob operated a small dry cleaning business in Shepherdstown, before coming to Waynesboro in 1956 and opening the Tastee-Freez in Rouzerville, Pennsylvania, present location of the Red Run Grill. He went on to form the Mason Dixon Tastee-Freez franchise comprised of over 20 stores. He and Wini opened the Robwinette Restaurant, currently the Parlor House in the early 1960’s. Bob frequently recalled funny stories and happy memories of serving many friends during their years in the restaurant businesses here in Waynesboro.

Retiring in 1990, they enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. Many fun winters were spent in the Sarasota, Florida area.

Robert is preceded in death by his wife Winifred; his sister, Mildred Rhodes; and brothers, Joseph L. Starry and Silas F. Starry.

He is survived by four children, Ronald S. Starry, of Waynesboro, Donald L. Starry and wife, Sharon, of Parrish, Florida, Robert S. Starry, Jr., of Waynesboro and Lisa J. Herr and husband, Doug, of Medina, Ohio; three grandchildren, Courtney Starry, Anne and Carolyn Herr; and two greatgrandchildren, Liam and Cruz Hernandez. He also had numerous nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Grove- Bowersox Funeral Home, 50

S. Broad St., Waynesboro with the Rev. Dr. A. Robert Cook officiating. Burial followed in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, where military graveside honors were conducted by the Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post No. 1599, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.