January 3, 1923 ~ February 3, 2016
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Robert Henson Israel, 93, died February 3, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty O'Kelley Israel, and his children, Larry Israel and wife Elise of Candler and Rodney Israel and wife Clare; six grandchildren, Kyle Israel, Shea Israel, Lisa Israel and husband Matt, Kelly Godwin and husband James, Jessie Israel and her husband Lucas, Sarah Brown and her husband Kyle; seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Israel was a life-long resident of Buncombe County. He was in the US Army when WWII began. He honored his country by continuing his service in the NC National Guard &/or Army Reserve, until the mid 1980's. He taught Diesel Engines and Hydraulics at AB-Tech until he retired in the mid 1980's. Memorials may be made to the Care Partners Hospice Foundation or to the Charles George Veterans Hospital, Hospice Unit. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 13, at 4pm, at Piney Mountain United Methodist Church, 14 Piney Mountain Church Rd., right off Pisgah Hwy. NC 151, Candler.