NORTH MANCHESTER – Robert Franklin Kreider, 97, of North Manchester, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, July 17, 2022, at Peabody Healthcare.

Bob was born on Aug. 26, 1924, in Liberty Mills, to Shirley and Lydia Wendel Kreider. Robert served his country in World War II in the Air Corp, where he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, as a pilot in the 64th Troop Carrier Squadron of the Eighth Air Force. He flew B-24 and B-25 bombers, but flew mostly C-46's and C- 47's. He served in the Pacific Front, completing over 100 flights in the Philippines, spending 500 days in the South Pacific. He married Bonnie Louise Ulrey, of Servia, on Nov. 27, 1946.

Family and friends may call Saturday, July 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester. A celebration of life for both Bonnie and Bob will follow at 3:30 p.m. Chaplain Denise Schwaberow from Heart-to-Heart Hospice, Fort Wayne, will officiate. The service will end with a military tribute.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Robert F. Kreider, memorial contributions can be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 7221 Engle Road, Suite 100, Fort Wayne, IN 46804; or New Hope United Church of Christ, 9160 W. 800 N., Huntington, IN 46750.

The family of Robert F. Kreider has entrusted McKee Mortuary with care and final arrangements.

Condolences may be emailed to mckeemortuary.com.