Local \nbusinessman, Robert R. Heaton, 91 passed away on \nSaturday, January 2, 2021 at his residence in \nButler, PA. \n\nHe was born in Butler, PA on April 1, 1929 he was \nthe son of the late Ralph B. Heaton and Mary E. \nRitter Heaton.\n\nThe epitome of his successful life was in his \nability to donate $1 Million to the Butler County \nCommunity College for the renovation of the Beck \nLibrary, subsequently renamed as the Heaton Family \nLearning Center. Bob exemplified the term "self-made \nman". From humble beginnings on Butler's south side, \nhe valued education and hard work as the path to \nsuccess. Growing up in the Great Depression, he \nbegan working at age 11, helping out at the Zellsman \nMotor Company, a Studebaker dealership. \n\nWhile in high school he and his friends embraced the \npatriotism of World War II by lying about their age \nin order to work Victory Shift after school each \nnight from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the former Bantam \nCar Company, helping to assemble trailers for \nmilitary Jeeps or also helping build amphibious \nlanding crafts.\nAt the conclusion of the war, Bob went to work at \nBenson's Men's Wear on Main Street. It was there \nthat he met Marion McGinnis of West Sunbury, the \ndaughter of a customer, and eventually they married \nin 1951. In their 52-year marriage they would share \na love of travel and history as they explored their \nown country and abroad.\n\nHaving graduated from Butler High School a half-year \nearly in 1947, he originally aspired to study \nmedicine and become a doctor. Bob knew that he would \nhave to pay for his own education, his parents being \nunable to afford to help him and scholarships being \nessentially nonexistent in those days. He adjusted \nhis goals and entered what is now Case Western \nReserve to study mortuary science. He worked \npart-time at a funeral home near the school to help \ncover the cost of his classes. He graduated in1950.\n\nBob and Marion moved to Ridgway, PA so that Bob \ncould apprentice at the Gallup Funeral Home. While \nthere, their daughter Leanne was born. Within two \nyears they returned to Butler when he accepted a \nposition at the then Thompson Funeral Home. He \nworked for that establishment for 42 years.\nFollowing retirement from funeral service Bob \napplied his knowledge of business and investing to a \nnew interest by becoming a real estate developer. \nEstablishing RHGL Inc with his friend and partner, \nGlenn R. Logan, former owner of Logan Candy Company. \nTogether they were responsible for housing \ndevelopments at Avon Drive, Meridian Highlands, \nStirling Village, Camelot Woods and Shady Lane Farms \nas well as numerous individual homes in the area.\nBob was blessed in life by the love of three women. \nMarion McGinnis Heaton, his wife of 52 years died in \n2003, MaryAnn McGuirk Zeigler, shared his affections \nuntil her death in 2011 and Martha Jane Keller \nKeasey who was his companion until her death in \n2015. Each brought light and joy to his life.\n\nBob was a faithful member of Trinity Presbyterian \nChurch and subsequently Covenant Presbyterian \nChurch. He was an ordained Elder and Trustee as well \nas serving on the Ministerial Relations Board of the \nBeaver-Butler Presbytery. When in residence in \nFlorida he attended the Vanderbilt Presbyterian \nChurch.\n\nAlways active in business, social, civic and \npolitical groups, Bob was a Past-President of the \nWestern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors and remained \na member-emeritus of their Board of Directors. He \nwas a member of the Butler/Victory Lodge #272 F&A. \nM,, Syria Shrine of Pittsburgh, Past President of \nButler Shrine Caravan 14, past Treasurer of Butler \nKiwanis, a continuing member of the Odd Fellows and \nan enthusiastic member of the Shrine Luncheon Clubs \nof Butler and of Marco Island, FL. \n\nHe served as a member of the Northwest Sanitary \nSewer Authority, a member of the Civil Service \nCommission, and served terms as Republican \nCommitteeman of Butler. He was honored as the \nDistinguished Citizen of Butler County by the \nMoraine Council of Boy Scouts and was one of three \nfinalists for the Butler High School Distinguished \nGraduate Award in 2018.\n\nBob loved cars, owning an assortment of antique and \nclassic automobiles over the years which he restored \nhimself and took great joy in driving in shows and \nparades. He was a member of the Butler Old Stone \nHouse Region of the Antique Automobile Club of \nAmerica, the Mercedes Benz Club of Pittsburgh and \nthe Mercedes Benz Club of Naples. He was very proud \nof the 1955 Thunderbird that he bought new, keeping \nit for the rest of his life and of being member \nnumber 12 of the then newly formed Classic \nThunderbird Club International. He became one of the \nfirst local owners of a Tesla S car enjoying its \nbeautiful, innovative technology.\n\nFollowing the death of his business partner, Bob \nadministered the Glenn R. Logan Scholarship Trust \nfor Butler High School and the Glenn R. Logan and \nRhea Jean McCandless Logan Family Trust. He was also \nnamed a trustee of the J. Robert and Alberta C \nRodgers Memorial Trust of Slippery Rock following \nthe demise of his dear friend Evelyn Rodgers.\n\nIn latter years Bob was limited by physical problems \nbut continued to enjoy meeting friends for meals, \ntalking to his buddies on the phone and sharing \njokes and news via the internet.\n\nHe is survived by his daughter Leanne Heaton and his \nnephews David (Gay) Travaglio, Kevin (Margie) \nTravaglio, Brad (Judy) Vinroe, Carl Vinroe, Robert \nVinroe, and Richard (Joyce) Vinroe as well as their \nfamilies.\n\nBob was preceded in death by his parents, his sister \nAnna Margaret Heaton Vinroe, his beloved wife \nMarion, his loving companions, MaryAnn Zeigler and \nMartha Jane Keasey and his nephew, Dennis Travaglio.\n\nThere will be no public visitation.\n\nA Memorial Service will be held at a later date. \n\nPrivate entombment will take place in the Chapel of \nDevotion Mausoleum at Butler County Memorial Park.\n\nMemorials donations may be made to the Shriner's \nHospital Fund, Covenant Presbyterian Church of \nButler, Butler County Symphony Association or Butler \nCounty Community College.\n\nDeep gratitude is extended to all family, friends \nand business associates who enriched his life, you \nwere his greatest wealth.