Robert J.  Pfeifer

Obituary for Robert J. Pfeifer

March 4, 1931 - July 1, 2022
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Age 91


Robert J. Pfeifer, of Philadelphia, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2022. He was 91 years old. "Dad, Pop, GPop, Uncle Bob and Bob" as he was known to his family and friends, was born on March 4, 1931 in Linton, North Dakota to the late Albert and Hattie (née Heyerman) Pfeifer. He was the husband to the late Betty Ann (née Schwartz) Pfeifer who predeceased him in 2014.

Bob and his family moved to Lodi California where he attended Lodi High School and College of the Pacific. He developed a great work ethic by working in the grape vineyards part time with his father and brother at an early age to help with the family finances. He did join the high school boxing team as a freshman and earned a letter all 4 years while there. He enlisted in the Air Force and continued boxing there with a combined record through high school and the Air Force of no losses and one draw. He also played baseball for his Air Force base and his claim to fame was hitting a foul ball off of Whitey Ford who ended up with quite a reputation in professional baseball years after that.

He eventually was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and met his future wife (mom) at several USO dances in Philadelphia. He was the consummate competitor and loved his sports. He was quite the golfer holding a 2 handicap for many years and in bowling maintaining a 176 average at 86 years of age. He worked long hours as a driver salesman for Virnelson's Bakery through most of his earning years and maintaining the largest route of any of the drivers in his depot. During his 45 years of employment he missed only 1 day due to sickness, a record not many can match. He was very proud of the fact. Bob provided a great life for his kids and was always there for them with all their school and sporting events. He continued providing support and guidance as he transitioned from father, to grandfather and then to great grandfather. His neighbors nicknamed him "The Mayor of Maxwell Street" as he was always helping them with their grass, flowers and he invented a pole so flags don't get hung up and he updated their flags every year. He loved to tinker and figure things out and come up with a better way to do things.

Bob is survived by his children: Mark Pfeifer (Marian), Craig Pfeifer (Beverly), Barbara Donato (Anthony) along with eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. He is survived also by one sibling: Allean, and predeceased by three siblings: Dale, Cynthia and Aldon.

Relatives and friend are invited to Bob's Life Celebration on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. followed by his memorial service at 12:00 p.m. at the John F. Givnish Life Celebration Home, 10975 Academy Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19154. Interment at Washington Crossing National Cemetery will be held privately at a later date. Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to Armed Forces Veterans at

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