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Comer Marks 94th Year

Louis “Bob” Comer

Louis R. “Bob” Comer of McMechen celebrated his 94th birthday on Saturday. He was born Nov. 9, 1925, in Wheeling, the son of the late Peter J. and Martha R (Auber) Comer.

Comer attended St. Joan of Arc Grade School and Wheeling Central Catholic High School. He left school when he was 17 to join the U.S. Navy. He served during World War II on a LCT Landing Craft. He is the oldest living World War II veteran in McMechen and the oldest veteran and member of the Polish American Patriots Club in South Wheeling.

After returning home from the war he worked for the B&O Railroad and retired from there. Comer also worked as a bartender at the PAP Club in South Wheeling, where he was president for several years. He went on to work at The Fireman’s Club in McMechen and followed that up at Jerry’s Bar in McMechen where he retired from bartending at the age of 92.

During his younger years, he was instrumental in forming the first baseball team in McMechen in 1953. He served with the McMechen Fire Department and is an honorary member. He is a member of Post 5 American Legion in McMechen.

He was a member of the former St. Ladislaus Catholic Church in South Wheeling and at its closing, became a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Wheeling.

He was married to Mary A. Barnett Comer and Mary F. Witkowski Swanson Comer, now deceased.

Comer’s children include Mary “Binky” Lufft, Robert Comer, Tanna Santimarino, Kevin Witkowski, Patricia Wilson, Kathy Michelucci, Cindy Goddard, Nancy Taylor, William Swanson and the late Cheryl Long; 24 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren complete the family.

He eventually received his high school diploma in 2003 along with five other veterans.

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