Robert E. “Bob” Bashore, 66, of Elizabethtown, died Monday, June 4, 2012 at his home following an extended illness, his loving wife and family by his side. Born in Hershey, Bob was the son of the late Earl G. and Betty J. (Gingrich) Bashore. He was married to Patricia A. (Hirjak) Bashore for 25 years.
Bob was a 1963 graduate of Hershey High School where he lettered in wrestling for four years. He attended Penn State and Northwestern Universities for traffic and transportation engineering.
Bob was first employed by PennDot for 20 years, and later by Huth Engineering, Acer Engineers & Consultants., and Rettew & Assoc. He founded and operated Keystate Inc., and Trafco Supply Co. Bob retired as Senior Transportation Engineer with Lake, Roeder, Hillard, and Assoc.
Bob also owned and operated Bodylift Nutrition and Weight Management, with three locations in Lancaster Co., since 1995. He was a fitness professional for more than three decades, specializing in weight management, sports nutrition, sports conditioning, bodybuilding and special programs for seniors. His bodybuilding achievements include more than 50 physique titles including Mr. Pennsylvania, Mr. Eastern USA, Masters Mr. USA, Masters Mr. Universe, and a third place finish in the World Bodybuilding Championships. Over the course of his career, Bob inspired and helped thousands of men and women to reach their fitness goals and change their lives. Bob was the PA Chairman of NABBA (National Amateur Body Building Assoc.)
Bob began and promoted Keystone Classic Body Building Championships from 1988 until 2010, which became one of the largest amateur body building championships in the country, and qualified athletes for national competition.
He attended West Green Tree Church of the Brethren in Elizabethtown.
Bob loved Rehoboth Beach, boating, and fishing. He enjoyed reading, especially about nutrition. Body building, physique competition, and nutrition counseling to help people reach their fitness goals were his passions. He will be missed by his chihuahua, Bugsy.
In addition to his wife, Patti, Bob is survived by his children, Jodi Bashore of Hershey, Amy Sgagias of Harrisburg, and Brein Bashore of Baltimore, granddaughters, Lyndsay, Alyssa, and Kacey Ray, and brother, Garry L. Bashore, husband of Dolly Bashore, of Hummelstown. He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Arianna Jean Ray.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 6 PM at West Green Tree Church of the Brethren, 740 Greentree Road, Elizabethtown, PA, officiated by Rev. Kenneth Stewart. Visitation with the family will be held from 4:30 until 6 PM at the church. The family will also greet friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to NABBA USA, P.O. Box 531, Bronx, NY 10469. To send an online condolence, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 560-5100.
Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time.
Bob’s quiet presence will be greatly missed.
Dave and Sharon Presto
My sincere sympathy in your lose. Robert and you made an impact on my life. Robert’s life of fitness always impressed me. Even the respect he had for your animals was great. Maybe you will remember me or not. I will be in touch with you at a later time. Again my deepest sorrow in your lose.
Our condolences to you in regard to the loss of your beloved husband,father, grandfather,and brother-in-law. He sounded like such an accomplished,energetic and caring man. May beautiful memories comfort you always and bring you peace.
With deepest sympathy,
Sam and Rhonda Rahman
To Patti and Family,
Our deepest sympathy to all of you in this trying time. New Bob for at least 20 years and can say that he was a wonderful person – poised, helpful, informed and in there for anyone who needed a hand in his two professions. We will remember the man who always had a smile and presence. For those of us who new him as an engineer, he was solid and always had a solution to the most challenging issues. As a health/fitness professional, Bob was an expert and a partner – not just an advisor. We will miss him!
May God bless you!
Gary/Nancy Roeder and Family
Jodi, I was so shocked to hear of the passing of your Daddy. I did not know him, but remember him from pics way long ago. What a good looking man he was. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Kris and Scott(Eisenbise) and Kassidy Kiner
Bob was a wonderful man and a great inspiration to us both. We always enjoyed talking to him and learned many things from him. He will be greatly missed by us. We are truly sorry to hear of your loss.
Hilarie & Ryan Mohn
Bob and I go back a long way. He is not only my cousin but also my friend. I often told him that someday he would either get promoted or demoted, and I know he chose to be promoted so I am very happy about that. I sure am going to miss him.
So sorry for your loss. I’m sorry I cannot attend the service due to work scheduling but wanted you to know I am thinking of you. Hope to see you soon.
Sticks & Stones
2721 Royal Road
Lancaster, PA. 17603
What a powerful and moving Memorial Service. I wrote a blog post about Bob at http://www.constructionknowledge.net/blog/ that you may want to read.
I hope you stop by and visit Debby and I soon. All my contact info is on my website. I’d really like you to meet Donna, our neighbor, who has been walking the path you’re starting. I believe you’d both benefit from talking together. I’m also sure that our donkey Delilah would love to make your acquaintance.
Our three funeral homes in Lancaster County makes it easy and convenient to make arrangements and host services close to home.