BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - Dr. Robert F. Vandrak, Board Certified Pediatric/Orthodontic Dentist, a retired Army Colonel, Fellow of the American Academy of General Dentistry, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.
Born in June of 1930 in Johnstown, Pa., he was a son of Maria and Stephen Vandrak.
He was preceded in death by parents and four sisters, Mrs. Anna (Mikulsky), Mrs. Margaret (Torok), Mrs. Catherine (Homola) and Frances Vandrak.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy (Fisanick) Vandrak of Chippewa Township, Beaver Falls, Pa.; children, Dr. Robert S. Vandrak and wife Heidi; Mrs. Kathy (Vandrak) Hansan and husband Kevin; Mrs. Valerie (Vandrak) Kunkel and husband Dr. Thomas Kunkel; Mrs. Michelle (Vandrak) Vojtek and husband Edward Vojtek; and Mr. Kenneth Vandrak and wife Heather; and grandchildren, Kristen Kunkel, Kevin Kunkel, Craig Kunkel, Julia Vandrak, Jane Vandrak, Robert P. Vandrak, Stephen Vandrak, Kylee Hansan, Jonathan Hansan, Ashley Vojtek, Gregory Vojtek, Stephanie Vojtek, Chloe Vandrak, Carter Vandrak and Corynn Vandrak.
He graduated from Holy Ghost High School located in Philadelphia in 1948: received a BA Degree from St. Mary's College in Connecticut., a BS Degree and a DMD Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1969, he completed a two-year General Dentistry residency at Walson Army Hospital, Fort Dix, New Jersey and in 1974, completed another two-year Pediatric/Orthodontic residency at Children Mercy Hospital in association with the University Of Missouri School Of Medicine. He obtained his Board Certification and Diplomat status in 1979. His professional services to his country spanned 21 years as a general dentist at a Cleveland Niki Site, Korea, Washington, DC area and Fort Dix and as a Pediatric/Orthodontic dentist in Kansas City, Mo., Kaiserlautern, Germany, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and East Liverpool, Ohio. He also held the following professional positions: Director and Chief of the Dental Clinic in Fort Holabird, Maryland, for which he received a Meritorious Service Medal; Director and Chief of the Cleft Palate Clinic at the Landstuhl Military Hospital in Germany and the Chief of the Pediatric Clinic in Kaiserlautern, Germany, for which he received another Meritorious Service Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) and Director of the Pediatric Clinic and Officer in Charge of a large Dental Clinic at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The Legion of Merit was presented to him for his exceptional meritorious service. Upon retiring from the Army, he associated with Dr. Larry Dietz and practiced in Calcutta, Ohio, where he was on the Staff at the East Liverpool Hospital. He contributed articles to the Dental magazines and participated as a speaker in Berlin, Germany, Pennsylvania, Kansas and Missouri.
He was a member of Christ Divine Teacher Catholic Church since 1981.
Friends were received in the Lutton Chippewa Funeral Home, 117 Blackhawk Road, www.luttonfuneralhome.com, Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral prayers will be held today at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Monica, Chippewa (formerly Christ the Divine Teacher) with Father John Naugle as celebrant.
Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Chippewa Twp.