Robert M. Trimble, 89

On Tuesday, May 12, 2009, Robert (Bob) M. Trimble, 89, of Arbor View, Willow Valley, was called home to Heaven to be with his Lord, Jesus, and to be reunited with his beloved wife, Eleanor, who preceded him in October, 2006.  Bob and Eleanor were blessed with 64 years of marriage.

Bob was born in Philadelphia, PA, but grew up in Camp Hill, PA.  He was the son of Frederick M. and Ruth Marshall Trimble.  Bob was a passenger conductor and brakeman with the former Penn Central Railroad, and retired from Conrail after 41 years of service.

Bob was a World War 2 Veteran, serving as a captain in the Army Air Corps.  He was a bomber pilot of both the B17 Fortress and B24 Liberator, having flown many successful missions over Europe.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, coin collecting, and later in life, golf.  He was a member of Grace Church at Willow Valley.

Surviving are his children, Carol Trimble Minnich of Lancaster, Robert H.Trimble, husband of Tina Alvisi Trimble of Ephrata, and Lee E.Trimble, husband of Robin K. Trimble of Haymarket, VA.  He is also survived by a sister, Jean Horvay of Louisville, Ky., six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Two brothers, Edward and Chandler Trimble, preceded him in death.

Bob, as his wife before him, has donated his body for medical research to Hershey Medical Research College.  He will then be interred in Milton Hershey Cemetery, Hershey, PA.  As per his wishes, there will be no memorial services. Please make memorial donations in Bob’s memory to Arbor View at Willow Valley, c/o Willow Valley Retirement Community, 675 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602. Arrangements by the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, Lancaster 393-9661. To send an online condolence, please visit

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June 29, 2018

Robert was an amazing man. I could not believe his russian experience. How he managed to get those 400 french women to safety was quite a feat. landing B 24’s on 1000 ft snow covered fields- paying off the resistance- rescuing POW’s -staring down a Russian Colonel-  all those pretty girls circulating around – both spies and friends-    a movie should be made of this as it really happened! Harry carter sr . Cape coral fl 

September 24, 2017

Am reading a book about his WWII service.  He was quite the man and a patriot – America is proud of him- may he rest in peace.
Derek Braybrooks Boiling Springs SC

He will always be in our prayers…  He will be missed by all. He is now with our Lord and Savior of the universe… he also is again with his beloved Wife and many friends… They are all sharing a banquet of whatever they want….Also no more pain and suffering…. Peace with you,  Jude Maydwell and Linda Boyer….

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