Roy Walter Yunker, a longtime resident of Ohara Township, passed away at his home early in the
morning on Tuesday October 29, 2019. He was 97 years old. Mr. Yunker was born on September
7, 1922 in Chicago, IL to his parents John and Elsie Yunker. He studied Electrical Engineering at
the University of Illinois for two years, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. He
enlisted in the Army and served in the Army Signal Corps in Alaska for the duration of the war
where he helped to install communications stations. When he was discharged from the Army, he
returned to the University of Illinois and completed his degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon
graduation, he was hired by PPG Industries and moved to Pittsburgh to begin his career. He
attended The University of Pittsburgh and received an MBA. During his career, he received a
patent for float glass manufacturing, and was a coauthor of a Glass Manufacturing Book, that
was later referred to by the head of an Egyptian Glass Manufacturing Plant as their “Bible of
Glass Manufacturing”. He retired from PPG after 43 years and enjoyed over 29 years of
retirement. He was a member of the Sharpsburg Rotary Club for 45 years and he served as the
clubs’ President and Secretary over the years. A lifetime jogger, Mr. Yunker, as a member of the
Sharpsburg Rotary, organized and founded the inaugural St. Margaret’s Memorial Hospital 5K
Fitness Classic that is now known as The Brian Demchak Hope Run Walk.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia Yunker (Romanowski), his three children
Suzanne Mika (Randall) of Naperville, IL, Roy Yunker, Jr. of Atlanta, GA, and John Yunker
(Lisa) of Denver, CO, five grandchildren Maxwell Mika, Samuel Mika, Matthew Yunker, Anna
Yunker, and Anthony Yunker, and two nieces Barbette Stanley Spaeth (Robert), and Kim Stanley
Hail (Joseph). Mr. Yunker is preceded in death by his parents John Yunker and Elsie Yunker, his
sister Barbara (Yunker) Stanley, and his mother in law Josephine Romanowski.
Friends will be received on Friday from 2-4, 6-8 p.m. in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc.,
1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights 724-224-8688. A Blessing Service will be held on Friday
at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be private. To send an online condolence please visit
www.cicholski-zidekfh.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sharpsburg-Aspinwall Rotary Club.
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