Lancaster-Robert H. Sleeper, 85, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, December 8, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Carole (Smith) Sleeper; their children and spouses, David Sleeper and Melissa of Lancaster, Tami Santangelo of Lancaster; Lori Juliano & Robert of Gardner; and Margaret “Missy” Gaughan and Patrick of Littleton, NH; his brother, Frank T.B. Sleeper of AL; grandsons David (DJ) and Joshua Sleeper, James (JR), Keith and Michael (Mitchell) Santangelo and Jeremy and Ryan Sanborn; and great-grandsons Jayden Sleeper and Keegan Juliano. He is pre-deceased by his son Mark Sleeper.
Bob was raised in Lancaster, son of the late Kenneth & Margaret (McNeilly) Sleeper. He graduated from the Lancaster High School, Class of 1951. During his high school years he worked with his father for the B&M railroad at the Clinton Depot. After high school he enlisted and proudly served our nation in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Bob attended the Air Base Defense School in California and was then assigned to the Air Police Squadron, serving in Okinawa, Japan from 1952-1956. He was noted to be a keen marksman during his service. He returned home safely and worked for the Lancaster Highway Department as well as tilling gardens and haying for many farms in Lancaster, Sterling and Berlin. He was very proud of his own small farm and large vegetable garden. He loved telling the story of haying 18,000 bales one summer! Bob successfully owned and operated Sleeper Transportation School Bus Company for many years until retiring. Bob loved long car drives, tent camping, and, later in life, traveling the country with his wife in their beautiful motor home. Bob and Carole also resided in Sebring, Florida for many years. Bob held a great interest in trains and enjoyed tinkering with model airplanes and attending tractor shows. Bob was a member of the Motor Home Organization and the Lancaster Lions Club. He will be forever remembered as the proud patriarch of his family and will be lovingly missed by his family and friends. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 11AM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton, with calling hours prior from 9:30 until 11AM. Burial will follow in Eastwood Cemetery, Lancaster.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Robert Sleeper to: North Country Home Health and Hospice, 536 Cottage St., Littleton, NH 03561. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com
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