Robert Dean Herr, 81, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, of The Villages, Florida, died May 1 at The Village’s Regional Medical Center. A Rosary and a Mass of Christian Burial along with a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at St. John the Apostle Church in Oregon City.

Born June 28, 1938, in Houtzdale, Pennsylvania, raised in Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Lois Isenberg Herr and Herman Herr. After graduating from Osceola Mills High School in 1956, he married Mary Jean O’Brien. They raised six children. A man of integrity and principle, he demanded the same of his children. He enriched their lives with his love, devotion and strong Catholic faith.

He was one of a dying breed, his family’s sole bread winner. He retired at the age of 55 from the Lever Brothers Company after helping put his children through college. A mentor and counselor to many, he could, “sell ice to Eskimos” as the saying goes. He had a wealth of knowledge in family, business, finance and human nature. More than once, when his pupils found themselves in a rough situation, he would advise “the hottest fire makes the hardest steel” and other words of wisdom and encouragement. He always made himself available to spend time with anyone who looked to him for advice and help.

He had a home in Oregon City, where he raised his family, and in The Villages, Florida, which he shared with his wife Margaret “Peggy” Herr. He was a member of St. John The Apostle Parish in Oregon City and attended Mass at St. Timothy Church in The Villages. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 40 years.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jean (1994), second wife, Francis Fournier Herr (2011), daughter, Teresa Shafer, and son Donald Herr.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Herr, four sons, Robert, Daniel, David and Vincent; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Alvin and William Herr.

He spent the last years of his life with Peggy Herr. Both loved to travel and go to the movies and plays. They enjoyed time with friends and family between their homes in Florida and Oregon. He especially loved celebrating Christmas with his family, in particular with a matinee show and dinner at Jake’s Famous Crawfish.

Family and friends say he will be sorely missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Cancer Research Center in his name.