Robert Busch Newhart
Aug. 26, 1923 -- Dec 26, 2015
Robert Busch Newhart, 92, of Terre Haute, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. Robert was born on Aug. 26, 1923, to Phillip A. Newhart and Helen Brewer Newhart.
Robert served in the “All-American” 82nd Airborne from November 1942 until his honorable discharge in December 1946. Robert survived D-Day and was awarded two Purple Hearts during World War II.
Using the GI Bill, Robert attended and graduated from Indiana Teachers College. He was a teacher and principal of Greenwood Elementary and principal of Terre Town Elementary from 1950 until his retirement in 1983.
Robert met the love of his life and later married Loretta E. Davie on Nov. 25, 1946, and she preceded him in death in 2008. He also was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
Robert is survived by his son, Robert M. (Pam) Newhart; daughter, Cheryl A. Newhart; three grandchildren, M. Shayne Newhart, Erik (Sheila) Newhart and Jennifer (Tom) Anderson; and four great-grandchildren, Jackson and Braxton Newhart and Keira and Mia Anderson.
Always an educator, Robert wanted to teach others even in death. He
has donated his body to science for research. There will be no
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Robert enlisted in the
Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN on 5 November 1942.
Pvt Newhart was
assigned to Company E, 508th PIR. His date of arrival is
unknown as the company Morning Reports are unavailable for 1942.
He graduated from jump
school at Fort Benning, GA and was declared as a qualified
parachutist on 5 March 1943.
Pfc Newhart was
wounded in action on 4 July 1944 and evacuated to an unknown field
hospital. He returned to the company on 3 August 1944.
He was appointed to
Corporal on 3 Oct 19443 and seriously wounded that same day.
He was transferred from a field hospital to the Parachute
Replacement school, Fort Benning, GA for further treatment in the
On 25 November 1946,
he married Loretta Emma Davie (1924–2008) in Garden City, Wayne, MI.