NEW BEDFORD, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Robbie, our gentle soul, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022, peacefully at home with his family by his side after a brief illness. 

Rob not only loved playing and improvising on his guitar but was also very famous for making up songs about his friends and situations right on the spot, which always had everybody bursting with laughter. He was the life of the party. 

Rob enjoyed annual summer vacations with close friends to lakeside spots. When traveling, he always sought to explore the roads less traveled. Other hidden talents consisted of mastering the art of mixing a scrumptious margarita, a fantastic morning Bloody Mary and preparing a monumental breakfast for all. 

Rob had some of his favorite times listening to records and dancing with Debbi, his angel. Traveling to casinos to play the slots, and taking chances on scratch off tickets also brought him joy. 

After his retirement from his food store management career, he found passion customizing vehicles with his dear friend, William. He dedicated himself to a rigorous daily exercise routine and always meticulously maintained his yard and home. Family and friends will always remember him for his quiet kindness, quick wit, beautiful blue eyes with a devilish twinkle, and his ability to make everyone laugh and feel at home in his company. He was always generous with his time and happily helped anyone in need. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Yurko and mother, Dorothy Helen Sich. 

He leaves behind his loving wife, Debbi Centofanti-Yurko; brother, Greg Yurko (Pat Juarez) and stepson, Noah Barber (Luna Sun). Rob also leaves a large extended family and a close-knit group of dear friends.  

Please join us as we as we celebrate the amazing life of Robert Yurko. Family will receive friends for his memorial service on Sunday, October 9, 2022, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Cremation and Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat, 3896 Oakwood Drive, Austintown, OH 44515. 

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A television tribute will air Thursday, October 6 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.