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In Memory

Robert McCoy

Robert McCoy

Robert M. McCoy, Sierra Vista, Arizona, passed away on December 5, 2021. He was born on October 25, 1947, in Hegins, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Robert Spencer McCoy and Eris Mary (Huntsinger) McCoy. His wife, Elenita McCoy survives him. Ellen (Kay) McCoy preceded him in death.

Robert was a veteran of the US Army. He served in Desert Storm and Iraq. After serving more than 20 years in the Army and Army Reserves, Robert retired from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer, Fourth Class. He last served at the 484th Classification and Collection US Army Reserve Unit in Lewistown, PA.

Robert was a graduate of Haverford Township High School and Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education in 1974. He graduated with a Master's in Secondary Education from Millersville University in 1980. While at Millersville he was a member of Chi Gamma Iota Veteran's Fraternity (XGI). He also did post-graduate work at Temple University. He was a member of Ross Street United Methodist Church, Lancaster PA.

Robert retired as a correctional educator teaching in the Adult Education Department at Camp Hill State Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania before moving to Arizona. He also taught at Tussey Mountain School District, Saxton, PA. He worked several security jobs using his military skills...


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03/04/22 07:29 PM #1    

Gerry Curtin

I remember Bob from the 1964 varsity football team. He was a quiet guy for sure, but a good, solid , dependable friend. Reads like he lived a full life--great for him and his family. RIP, Bob.

Gerry Curtin 1965

03/06/22 12:23 AM #2    

Don Krotee

I didn’t know Bob, but, through my dad, I learned something of the Army and Army Reserve, and much of Bob and so many rank-and-file men and women traveled and served.  Like Bob, my dad had reservist service late in life. And, as Bob’s info shows, he brought his teaching credentials, knowledge and experience to not only the Army but, teaching and service after.   Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) is just short of being an officer.  It is a little like being the Chief, in the navy- indispensable.  The rank of fourth Warrant Officer, in the Army delivers the details of officer orders to enlisted officers.  They are officially appointed by the Secretary of the Army. They are senior level experts of technical and many times tactical aspects of leading in their field. Responsibilities of a Chief Warrant Officer require intricate technical abilities, often rendered in a teaching mode.  They are mentors to the lower Warrant Officers and speak to commanders about WO issues and commands. The rank insignia of a Chief Warrant Officer 4 is four horizontal black stripes on a vertical silver bar. Bob’s trajectory through the reserve and onto private and semi- public work, with the Army and outside the Army, was likely an extension of his teaching.  A Chief Warrant Officer 4 at a DoD paygrade, W-4.  Bob will be missed by his family and friends, here and in the service.  

To see a list of military medals and decorations that can be earned by servicemembers in the Army and other branches of the military, see our list of military decorations and medals.


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