Robert Ross Mowry

By William Snyder Funeral Home | Posted in: William Snyder Funeral Home

Robert Ross Mowry, 91, of Irwin, died Sunday October 15, 2017. He was born November 9, 1925 in Irwin, a son of the late Glenn and Grace (Bell) Mowry. He was a retired general foreman for Westinghouse Airbrake Co., Wilmerding, and a member of American Legion Post 359 and L.O.O.M., Lodge 236, both of Irwin. Bob was a Navy veteran of WWII and was recently recognized by the Tribune Review for being one of the last remaining survivors of an explosion on the USS Turner off the coast of New Jersey that killed 136 sailors in January of 1944. The cause of the explosion was never solved. He is survived by his wife Anne S. (Pertzog) Mowry; his children Bea (Tom) Airgood of Penn Hills, Robert R. (Jerilyn) Mowry of Kittanning, and Pam (Don) Wise of CA; grandchildren Robbie, Steve, Nikki, Matthew S. Mowry, Christina, Jennifer, and Chris; great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; brothers Gene Mowry of Plum and Sam Gibson of NC; also nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife Ruth C. Mowry, children John Buck Mowry and Becky Kirsch; grandchildren Margo and Robert III, and a brother Glenn Mowry. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the William Snyder Funeral Home Inc., 521 Main Street, Irwin 724-863-1200, where a Blessing Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. For online condolences please visit

Originally published October 18, 2017.

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