11/9/2105 – Robert J. Vine, Watertown

Mr. Robert J. Vine, age 83, of College Heights, died Sunday morning at the Samaritan Medical Center. Calling hours are Thursday, Nov. 12th, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton.

There will be a Spring Graveside Committal Service in LaFargeville at the Grove Cemetery at a time to be announced.

Bob was born, August 3, 1932, in Watertown, the son of John and Leta Vine.

He graduated from Watertown High School and entered the U.S. Navy in June of 1952, serving as a Hospital Corpsman during the Korean War, with the Navy and Marines. He was honorably discharged in June of 1956.

On March 23, 1957, he married the former Sandra Alton at the LaFargeville United Methodist Church with Rev. Frank Smith officiating.

Bob worked for 28 years, retiring in 1994, in machine maintenance at the New York Airbrake Company.

He was a member of the Watertown VFW American Legion Post 1400.

Bob loved spending time at his cottage on the St. Lawrence River for over 50 years, driving the D.A.V. van taking Veterans to appointments, and going to the VFW with his friends.

Surviving besides his wife Sandy, is one son, Kevin of Watertown; nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Grant and John Jr., and two sisters, Given Pledger and Doris Vine, all died before him.

Donations can be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans or the VFW Post 1400.


  1. Bruce and Darlene Westphal Posted

    Dear Sandy and Kevin: We were deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s passing, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bruce and Darlene and Dean Westphal

  2. stanley burdick Posted

    I enlisted in the USN with Bob also in June 1952. Condolences to

  3. John & Jean Hall Posted

    Bob will be sadly missed by us. he was a great person,fun to be with. sending prayers to Sandy and the family

  4. arlene williams Posted

    Bob was a true gentleman and a pleasure to know. His dedication to the VFW and his fellow veterans was exceptional. He drove vets to Syracuse for medical care, often going up into St Lawrence and Lewis counties. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Bob.

  5. Mary Ann Howard Posted

    Sandy and Kevin: So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I hope all the wonderful memories you have of him will help you through this difficult time.

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