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.

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  1. Dear family, I am very sorry about your loss. But take note in the bible, as it provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21 : 3-4 says ‘ And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away ‘. Take solace because soon this will occur.

  2. Robert Israel was known to me as my Uncle Bob … he pinched my nose and tickled me and kidded with us and made us laugh. he supervised many sleepovers with my cousins and when I became an adult and my own father, his brother, passed away, he took over the fatherly role in my life. He was greatly respected and loved and will be sorely missed. I take comfort in the long and healthy life he lived prior to his final illness and and relish the thought that he has found relief from pain and eternal peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father. My thoughts and prayers are now with my dear Aunt Betty and my special cousins, Larry and Rodney, and their families as they learn to live without his earthly presence and rely on their precious memories to keep him forever in their hearts.


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