Chapter Eternal - Robert Gohn '53

Robert E. Gohn '53 - LaVie Portrait

We have been honored to call this man our Brother. The condolences of Theta Chi’s extended worldwide family are offered to the family and friends of our deceased brother.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of:

  • Robert Gohn '53 - August 14, 2019

Robert completed life’s ultimate adventure and greatest trip when he was ushered into the presence of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 14, 2019. He was born in 1931 and born-again and began his spiritual journey in 1959.

Deceased parents were father, W. Emmette and mother Kathryn M. (Walker), and brother Ray W. Gohn. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, the former Thelma I. Hillegas, and living in Woodbridge, Virginia, sons, Rodney L. and Daniel C., daughter-in-law, Shelley A., two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Robert was a 1949 graduate from Shanksville-Stonycreek, a 1953 graduate from Pennsylvania State University, BA, and 1969 graduate from St. Francis College, MAIR.

With Bethlehem Steel Corporation for 32 years of service, he directed the Bethlehem Training Center and also worked as a Mill Engineer, Industrial Engineer and Chief Clerk. After Bethlehem, he served as a consultant for several corporations.

His greatest pursuit was spiritual with some well-worn Bibles and a large library. He was a long time member of The Somerset Alliance Church, served in a variety of offices and a long time Sunday School teacher. Robert also was involved with Mom’s House, New Day, Birthright, Gideon’s and Christian Business Men’s Committee.

Robert was a Flight 93 Ambassador for several years. He also served as school board president for both Shanksville-Stonycreek and Somerset Christian School.

A life-time interest was music, particularly the trumpet. At Penn State, he was involved with the marching and concert Blue Bands and the Alumni Band for a number of years. He played in churches (soloist), community bands and recently his Touch of Brass from the Civil Was using an authentic Civil War coronet (saxhorn). Other interests include traveling, hunting, woodworking, photography, and walking.

There will be no viewing. The Celebration Service will be held around the Throne of Grace in the very presence of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.