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Robert W. "Bob" Hidlay

December 20, 1924 ~ April 27, 2018 (age 93)

Robert W. "Bob" Hidlay, 93, died Friday morning, April 27th, 2018 at the Bonham Nursing Center where he had been a resident since December 2016.

Born December 20, 1924 in Berwick, he was a son of the late George M. Hidlay, who died in a tragic lumbering accident when Robert was 14 years old and Edna (Lyons) Hidlay Kishbaugh.  He was preceded in death by  his beloved wife, Violet (Monroe) Hidlay in 2007.

He faithfully served his country in the U. S. Army in the 88th Infantry Division in World War II known as the "Fighting Blue Devils".

Mr. Hidlay retired from Maier's Bakery and prior to that was a milkman for the Huntington Dairy and was fondly known as the "Milk Man". 

Mr. Hidlay was a member of the former Stone United Methodist Church, Fort Ricketts Post 8317 V. F. W, of Benton; a life member of the Beach Haven Fire Company and a former member of the Huntington Volunteer Fire Company. 

His memory was excellent and he could reminisce about his life with stories that made you feel like you were there.  He enjoyed gardening, camping, anything to do with nature and he loved spending time with his family and friends.  He was a loving husband, an incredible father and "Pop Pop" who  will be missed by all.  He took the opportunity of life as far as it would let him.    

Surviving are his four children:  Becky Ensminger and her husband, Bob, of Enola; Robert C. Hidlay and his wife, Marion, of Huntington Mills; Betty Spencer and her husband, Arif, of Shickshinny; Ruth Fedor of Morro Bay, California.  Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren and two great great great grandchildren and a son-in-law, Bart Hough, of Bloomsburg as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents and his wife, Violet, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jane Hough and by two siblings:  Leland and Helen.

The family would like to thank the staff and devoted caregivers of Bonham Nursing Center and Geisinger Hospice. 

Graveside Services and military honors will be held Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 11 A.M. at Scott Cemetery, Waterton, with Rev. Michael Bodek, officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Geisinger Hospice, the Activity Dept. of Bonham Nursing Center or to the Trout Hatchery in Benton. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc.  For online condolences or for additional information, please visit our website:

Donations may be made to:

Geisinger Hospice, the Activity Dept. of Bonham Nursing Center or to the Trout Hatchery in Benton.

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