Robert Flanagan

Robert Flanagan

January 15, 1939 February 24, 2021

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Obituary for Robert M. Flanagan

Robert M. Flanagan, 82, of Kenhorst, lost his battle with Parkinson's Disease on February 24, 2021.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Scranton, PA, he was a son of the late George and Beatrice (Mawn) Flanagan.

After graduating from Scranton Tech, he joined the Pennsylvania National Guard. Following his service, he attended the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. During his 31-year career, he was on special assignment to guard President Eisenhower at Gettysburg. Mamie Eisenhower used to love to make him her blueberry pie. He then became bodyguard for Governor Milton Shapp. After retiring from the State Police, he was selected as the Chief of the Muhlenberg Township Police for 11 years. He was very proud of his service to his community!

He was the son-in-law of the late Joseph and Stella Screpesi. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Screpesi) Flanagan; his son, Michael S. Flanagan, daughter-in-law, Megan (Chambers) Flanagan, their children: Patrick, Joseph, and Kailey Flanagan; his daughter, Kellie A. (Flanagan) Fonte, son-in-law, Pasquale V. Fonte, Jr., and their daughters: Stefania, Juliette and Patrice Fonte; his sister Margaret (Peg) Hafner, Honesdale, PA; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Siegfried, Shillington, PA, and Connie Screpesi, Millsboro, Delaware; brother-in-law, Raymond Weisbrod, Shillington, PA, and many nephews and nieces who loved their uncle. Bob was a loyal and best friend to many.

He was predeceased by his parents, in-laws, and grandson, Pasquale Robert Fonte, his sisters, Jean Philben, and Sally McDonnell, sisters-in-law, Marcine Wiesbrod and Mary Ostrowski; brothers-in-law: John (Jack) Philben, Frank McDonnell, Robert Hafner, Richard Siegfried and Michael Screpesi.

Bob was an avid sports fan. He loved his Philadelphia Eagles and Penn State Nittany Lions. He was as well known in State College as he was in Reading! He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Clover Park. Bob was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police which included the PA State Police, Melley Memorial Lodge #65, and was a member of the Berks, PA and International Chiefs of Police Associations as well as the PA State Police Retirees Association. He played for the first biddy basketball team in the country and played at Madison Square Garden. He was a football coach to many with the Kenhorst Trojans and a basketball coach for the West Reading All-Stars.

Services will be held at a future date when it is safer to gather.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson's Foundation. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is honored to assist Bob's family. Condolences may be expressed at

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Philip Cerrato

Kenhorst & all Reading Pa. is less of a joyful place now that Trooper Bob has gone home. So many fun times & warm memories from Michael’s graduation to Kelly’s wedding and beyond! May the angels lead into Paradise, may his parents & family welcome him again to the heavenly banquet table. Our love and prayer to Patsy, Michael, Meg, Kelly & Pat.
Phil & Elizabeth Cerrato
Comment | Posted at 08:58pm via Condolence

greg mccullough

God rest his soul. I wish I had known him !
Comment | Posted at 12:35pm via Condolence

Dominic Pezzino

My condolences to Pat and family. Bob was a good friend and teacher. I know he will be sadly missed. Dominic & Sylvia Pezzino
Comment | Posted at 02:55pm via Condolence

Michael McGovern

I just heard about Bob’s passing from Bobby Reese. Bob was a key figure in getting the Alvernia basketball program off the ground in the early eighties. I remember him well for his kindness, generosity of spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor. Deepest sympathy to his family on losing a great guy and a good man.

Mike McGovern
( formerly of Alvernia University)
Comment | Posted at 04:19pm via Condolence

James and Nancy Burns

Pat,Mike and family

A better friend and pal I could not have had, Many good times togetherit’s a shame things change all too soon. Our prayers are with you and for Bob
Comment | Posted at 01:14pm via Condolence

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