Robert Peterson

Obituary of Robert Carl Peterson

Smethport - Robert Carl Peterson, 62, of Smethport, died unexpectedly Friday (May 1, 2020).


He was born Sept. 16, 1957 in Port Allegany, a son of Carl D. and Ida Elaine Hector Peterson.


Mr. Peterson was a 1975 Smethport Area High School graduate.


He worked as a well tender for Catalyst Energy of Pittsburgh, PA.


He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Smethport, the Bradford Fraternal Order of Eagles and was a Son of the American Legion at Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport. 


Bob was an avid gardener and hunter but mostly he enjoyed fishing with all the kids.  He never went anywhere without his girl "Bella" who was there with him at the end.

He is survived by:

One step daughter:  Ashley Peterson

Three sisters:  Barbara A. Peterson, Carol E. (LeRoy) Duffy and Patricia J. (Todd) Witchen, all of Smethport

A half-sister:  Sandy Rathbun of Florida

Nieces and nephews:  Michael (Patty) Taylor, Molly (Nick) Kinner, Jennifer Cercone, Kristen (Bud) Bell, Nicholas Duffy, Rachael Duffy and Vincent James Lundgren

Great Nieces and Great Nephews: Tristen and Hannah Taylor, Olivia, Macy and Reese Bell,

Mackenna Cercone, Ryker and Rylyn Kinner


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no visitation.  A private graveside service will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette, with the Rev. Max Simms, officiating.  A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at a later date.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made at


Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

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