Robert Higby

Robert Higby

Friday, January 31st, 1958 Sunday, June 28th, 2020

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Obituary for Robert L. Higby

Robert L. Higby, 62, of Meadville, passed away, Sunday, June 28, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 31, 1958 in Meadville, a son of Bernard I. Higby, Sr. and Elizabeth T. (Parrasewich) Higby.

He was a 1975 graduate of Meadville Area High School where he participated in gymnastics, and was the only one for several years to be able to perform the “Iron Cross” on the rings.

Robert was a “jack of all trades,” skilled in stone masonry and all areas of construction, and worked as a well tender for over 25 years.

Robert loved music and played guitar with the Silver Eagle Band in his early years.

He will be known for always making the best of any situation and loving life as well as his family.

Robert is survived by the love of his life, Celeste F. Higby of Meadville; a daughter, Jessica L. Topka and her husband Paul of Pittsburgh; two sons, Joshua R. Higby and his wife Donna of San Antonio, Texas and Travis I. Higby of Meadville; three step-sons, Ian Stefaniszyn and Ashley of Grove City, Brin Stefaniszyn and his wife Malayna of Pittsburgh, and Van Stefaniszyn of Grove City; five grandchildren, Connor Higby, Elizabeth and Maximus Topka, and Loden and Laeli Stefaniszyn; a sister, Annette Eccles and her husband Daryl of Saegertown; and a brother, Bernard Higby, Jr. and his wife Rhonda of Pittsburgh, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made in Robert's memory to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Arrangements are in the care of Ryan M. Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 544 Chestnut Street, Meadville.

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Robert Dobler

Worked with Bob many years at Range. He was always fun to be around. He will be missed
Comment | Posted at 10:17am via Condolence

David Stone

Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Man I'm really going to miss our conversations at the Fire House. Bob was truly one of the nice guys. Really shocked me because it just seemed like we were discussing the worlds problems just the other day. My prayers go out to Bob's family and may he rest in peace.
Comment | Posted at 10:00am via Condolence

Steve Damon

I am so sorry to learn of Bob's passing. We were best friends growing up together on Peach St. We did everything together, riding bikes all over Meadville, camping, fishing, sled riding, snowmobiling. I have so many great memories from our childhood. I was there when Bob learned to play guitar and formed the first band that played at a Junior high dance. It had two guys from Ellis Ave,Jerry Ricci singing vocals and Brian
Whitney on drums. I moved away after high school and missed out on knowing Bob as husband, father and grandfather. It sounds like he was surrounded by loved ones. Bob is gone too soon and his family has my condolences. When we were young we were the Peach St. boys and now heaven has one of us.
Steve Damon
Comment | Posted at 10:46pm via Condolence

Robert Odell

Bob, We had such good times as kids! I can remember a lot of good times!
My sincere condolences to your family! You will be forever missed!
Bob Odell
Comment | Posted at 08:43pm via Condolence

Amy DeAngio

We are So sad to hear of Bob’s passing! A wonderful man! Played with him in the Silver Eagle band & have many fond memories! Prayers go out to all the family. John & Amy DeAngio
Comment | Posted at 07:48pm via Condolence

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