Robert Dale Fitch

September 11, 1923November 8, 2013

Robert Dale Fitch, 90, passed away on November 8, 2013 at his residence in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Born in Bellaire, Ohio, he moved to Port St. Lucie, FL in 1988 coming from Miami.

Before retiring, Mr. Fitch was a Produce Manager for Food Fair and Pantry Pride for 22 years in Miami, Florida. He also worked as an oiler on heavy equipment in the strip mining industry in Ohio before moving to Florida.

He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp during World War II serving in the Pacific Theater.

He attended the 1st Congregational Church in Port St. Lucie, FL. He was the first life member at the Elks Lodge 2658, where he volunteered as a bartender for 15 years. He was also a member of the VFW 10566 in Jensen Beach, FL. He enjoyed all sports, especially football.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth “Betty Lou”; daughters Robin Gebhart of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Renee St. Peters of Enterprise, AL; and, grandchildren Kelly Gebhart and Daniel St. Peters.

A visitation will be on Monday, November 11, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Aycock Funeral Home in Jensen Beach with a service beginning at 2:00. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery in Jensen Beach, FL at a later date.

Contributions may be made in his honor to The American Heart Association, 1100 Southeast Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34996-2518.

Online condolences may be offered at Arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach. Arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach.


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 11, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, November 11, 2013

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Rory Fitch

November 10, 2013

Aunt Betty and Robin,

Sorry to hear of Uncle Piney's passing. I know he is up there with the rest of his family watching down on all of us. Don't know how the angles will hand the Fitch brothers !! Never got to see him much but when I did I enjoyed talking to him about growing up in Bellaire and his time in the Marines. I know he will be missed.


American Heart Association

November 10, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Cary Fulbright

November 9, 2013

My Uncle Piney died today, age 90. He was an inspiration to me. He was a three-time Ohio high school football all-star, battled Lou Groza for four years on the line of scrimmage, and as a Marine in the 6th Marines regiment, stormed the beaches of Tarawa, one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War. He still had shrapnel in his knee when I visited him and my Aunt Betsy a month ago.

His real name was Robert Fitch, from the coal-mining country of Southeast Ohio, but he got the nickname "Piney" because as a kid he used to hitch a ride to work on a junkyard truck labeled "Piney's". I was probably the last person in the world who still called him Piney, because even his wife used his given name.

He was one of the last of a special breed.

I will miss him greatly.

Cary Fulbright