Robert C. Mount, 91, of Frederick, Maryland, passed from this life, following a sudden catastrophic illness, on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2023 with his daughter and son-in-law by his side. He was a beloved husband and father who will be dearly missed.
Bob’s exemplary life was one of service to God, country and community which was recognized by many awards and accolades. One of his early teachers told him he could do much better if he only tried harder. His teacher’s advice became his lifelong philosophy that “You can do better than what you are doing, if you try”.
He was born in Cherry Creek, NY, the son of the late Clifford and Violet Mount. Bob was president of his high school FFA club, had a show cow for three years, and won grand champion one year. While showing his cows at the Chautauqua County fair, Bob met his future wife Winnie Waxham.
At 17, Bob joined the U.S. Army. Following basic training and engineering school he was assigned to the 72nd Combat Engineer Company and deployed to Korea for 13 months as a demolition expert. Bob was very proud of his service contributions towards a free and prosperous South Korea.
Although Bob didn’t have a degree he had sufficient credits for career advancement and when he retired he was a Vice President and Senior Audit Manager at Bank of America. In addition he was a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Special Investigator. After retirement Bob took the IRS exams and became an IRS Enrolled Agent. With these credentials he ran tax businesses for 10 years. In the off season Bob kept busy as Building Chairman for Habitat for Humanity. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Frederick County.
Bob and Winnie were never far from their farming background. For decades, they enjoyed working in their vegetable garden at their home in Thurmont. They shared their hobby of creating handcrafted furniture; Bob built the furniture and Winnie did all the fine sanding, staining, and finishing work.
Bob was an active member of the Walkersville United Methodist Church where he served as a Lay Reader, Education Chairman and, for eight years as President of the Board of Trustees. In addition Bob used his woodworking hobby to make many items for the church.
Bob was very proud to have served his country with the US Army in the Korean War. He was a very active member of the KWVA Colonel William E. Weber Chapter #142 of Frederick County serving as President for 5 years, Secretary and Treasurer for more than 20 years. His chapter advocated for building the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance in Washington, DC, and he lived long enough to see it completed and attend the dedication ceremony. Bob was also enthusiastic about educating Frederick County middle school children on Korean War history. Bob was a life member of American Legion Post 282 (Woodsboro) and VFW post 6658 (Emmitsburg).
Bob considered himself a very lucky man to achieve all his accomplishments because of his modest background; growing up on a farm with no running water or electricity in a rural town in western New York and starting his education in a one room schoolhouse. But actually we, the survivors, are the lucky ones to have known him.
Bob Mount is predeceased by his loving wife of 69 years, Winnie, a younger brother Charlie, sister Shirley, and son James. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Bob McCune of Ellicott City, MD.
The family will receive friends from 4-7PM Monday February 20, 2023 at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike Frederick, MD 21702. The funeral service will take place at 2PM on Tuesday February 21, 2023 at Stauffer Funeral Home in Frederick. Interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick, MD following the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
The Robert and Winifred Mount Scholarship Fund
c/o the Community Foundation of Frederick County
312 E. Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701