Robert Andrew “Bobby” Durbin, age 29, of Mercer, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at his home.
Bobby was born in Pittburgh on December 14, 1992 to Robert R. Durbin and Mary Ann (Shuster) Durbin. He married the love of his life, Jennifer L. Curtis on December 19, 2020. Jennilea will hold his unconditional love forever in her heart.
Bobby's love of learning and dedication to his faith began from an early age when he entered the Cub Scouts, and grew through his early years until he achieved the honor of Eagle Scout.
Bobby was a graduate of Penn State Behrend where he obtained a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Technology. He was a hardworking and intelligent Engineer for MEPPI, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.- the perfect profession for his curious, creative mind.
Bobby was an inspration to everyone in his life. He was fun-loving and adventerous, and pursued his hobbies with a passion: snowboarding, wakeboarding and paramotoring (his "butt fan" as he called it). He was an avid F1 fan and enjoyed friendly competitions of all sorts with both his wife Jennilea and his loving sister and confidant, Kayla.
Bobby was a talented artist, enjoyed his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution aka “Evo”, always had a tinkering mind, and a knack for figuring out how things worked. In particular, Bobby had a fascination with space exploration and loved sharing his passion and knowledge for all of his interests and hobbies with anyone who was willing to listen.
Survivors left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Jennifer L. Durbin of Mercer; parents, Robert R. Durbin and Mary Ann (Shuster) Durbin of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Kayla (Cory) Taylor and Erica (Aaron Reinard) Durbin all of Pittsburgh; sister-in-law, Leah (Duncan) Park of Erie; parents-in-law, Lee and Laurie Curtis of Columbus, PA; cherished niece, Sedona Rhodes; paternal grandparents, Wayne and Shirley Durbin; grand-mother-in-law, Chubby Curtis; and lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Andrew and Catherine Shuster; by his uncle, John Shuster, and grandparents-in-law, Cal and Natalie Dush, and Harold Curtis.
Per the family’s wishes there will be Celebration of Life Service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Aviator Foundation (a 501(c)3 non-profit) in Lake Wales, FL, designated to the Bobby Durbin Scholarship Fund, a scholarship for those who want to learn how to fly paramotors.
Arrangements are under the care of Rose Simplicity Cremation and Funeral Center, Inc., Mercer.
Bobby’s family wants him to be remembered for his adventurous spirit, bright mind, and compassionate heart. If there is a piece of Bobby that you can keep with you, the family asks that you live like Bobby and never lose your sense of wonder. As Bobby would always say: “Blue skies and sunsets, my friend.”