Robert C. Heller of West Chester

Robert C. Heller

Robert C. Heller

Robert C. Heller, 94, of West Chester, died Wednesday, July 1.

During WWII, Bob was a pilot in the Army Air force, 91st Bomb Group, 401st Squadron, flying a B-17 Fortress. His plane was shot down on Aug. 12, 1943 over Germany, and he was taken to Dulag Luft, Frankfort, Stalag Luft III, Sagan, as a POW. In January 1945 he endured a long march to Stalag VII A, Mooseburg, where the POWs were liberated by General Patton. He left active duty in September 1945 and remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1953. He received a Unit Award, three Air Medals, and a POW medal. For more information about Bob's time in the War watch his documentary:

Bob earned his degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1947. He was employed by the F. W. Woolworth Company from 1947 to 1985, starting out as an accountant in the Cleveland office and rising through the ranks to become secretary/treasurer of the corporation.

Bob formerly lived in Chatham, N.J. for 25 years, but has lived at Hershey's Mill in West Chester, since 1989.

He is survived by his daughter, Patricia A. Heller of Bryn Mawr, (David Mowl), two sons, Robert C. Heller of Lake Arrowhead, Calif. and Thomas W. Heller of Ocean City, N.J. (Carol), and three grandchildren, Cara E. Heller of Los Angeles, Calif., Katherine T. Heller of Washington, D.C., and Emily E. Heller of Washington, D.C. His wife of 55 years, Ruth R. Heller, died in December of 2000.

Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation Tuesday, July 7, 9:45-10:50 a.m. at SS Peter & Paul Church, 1325 Boot Rd, West Chester, PA 19380, immediately followed by his funeral service at 11.

Memorial donations may be to Conquer Cancer Foundation, PO Box 896076, Charlotte, NC 28289-6076, or visit:

Arr. by The Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382, 610-431-9000.

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