Roy Andrew Baldt, Age 78, of North Versailles, with family and friends present, died peacefully on Friday, August 3, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, following a brief illness.
He leaves behind a wife of 56 years, Rhoda Jane (Gehringer) Baldt; daughter, Vonita Rae Baldt-Renk; son-in-law, Robert T. Renk; grandchildren, Courtney Lee and Justin Lee Kalina; siblings Loraine Valozzi; Russell J. Baldt and his wife Doreen; Michael Baldt; Christine Baldt-Holby and her husband Merle; Dale Atkinson and his wife Linda; many aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; and cousins as well as many close friends. He also leaves behind, Girlsie, his rescue poodle, who spent time with him prior to his passing.
Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, the son of Alvin R. Baldt and Dorothy (Abel) Atkinson, he was a lifelong resident of the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh.
Following high school, Roy began working with his father as a carpenter. This was short lived when he was drafted by the United States Army but chose to enlist in the United States Navy - Construction Battalion (Seabee’s). He entered the Navy on February 5, 1961. He served in Cuba, and as a part of the Special Operations Group, he was sent to Vietnam. He was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba and Vietnam); the National Defense Medal (Cuba and Vietnam); the Bronze Star (Vietnam); and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on February 5, 1967. Roy was known to all as a proud Veteran and Patriot.
Roy returned from the service and once again resumed his work as a carpenter. For several years he and his father owned and operated an Arco Gas Station which was especially helpful since it was during the gas shortage of the 1970’s. Roy returned to home building but in 1986 following a motor cycle accident, he began working for his brother Russ at VB Fabricators in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, as an estimator. He remained at VB Fabricators until his retirement.
Over the years, Roy along with his wife, enjoyed riding motor cycles and took many long-distance trips with family and friends. He was also a firearms enthusiast, World War II history buff and avid reader. He was a member of the VFW; American Legion; NRA and the American Motorcycle Association. Anyone that knew Roy knew that he was passionate about Pittsburgh sports teams and in particular the Steelers.
In lieu of a funeral service, a celebration of life for family and close friends will be held on August 11, 2018, from noon to 3 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please contact a member of his immediate family by Wednesday August 8th.