Robert Ashton Lunbeck died peacefully at home in Audubon, Pa., on Jan. 21, surrounded by family. He was 88.

Born Dec. 1, 1927, in Toledo, Ohio, to Wayne E. and Dorothy Lutz Lunbeck, Bob graduated from Thomas A. DeVilbiss High School in 1944 and that year entered the University of Toledo. In 1946, he interrupted his studies to enlist in the Army, where he served for one year as a ski and mountaineering instructor at Camp Carson in Colorado. He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1949 and earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1950. It was during this time that Bob met Barbara Callanan. Married in 1952, they shared a remarkable 63-year union.

A fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Bob enjoyed a long career in pension consulting, principally in Philadelphia, where he moved in 1953 to join Ostheimer and Co. In 1964 he and his colleague Jack Daniels formed Daniels and Lunbeck, Consulting Actuaries, which they merged with The Wyatt Co. in 1965. Upon retiring in 1989, he was a managing partner and member of the board of directors of Wyatt.

Bob and Barbara lived in Strafford, Pa., for nearly 40 years. There they developed lifelong friendships and raised their six children, inculcating in them the values they most prized. Bob spent many hours playing tennis with friends and family at the Martin’s Dam Club. He also did volunteer work for The Girls Scouts of America and the Tredyffrin Public Library.

He had an insatiable curiosity about politics and history, deeply enjoying reading and discussion. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to travel, climb mountains and sail. Sailing adventures took him frequently to the Caribbean and the Chesapeake. He and Barbara later grew to love the waters of Martha’s Vineyard, where in 1987 they started building their Chilmark summer home. By 1994 summers on the Vineyard grew into year-round residence and involvement in Island life. Bob took a particular interest and pride in the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, where he served on the board from 1996 to 2008, as president from 1998 to 2001 and as treasurer from 2005 to 2007. He also served as president of the Spring Point Association, as a member of the Chilmark zoning board of appeals and as a volunteer for the Chilmark fire department. Steadfast in his Catholic faith, Bob worshiped regularly at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in Vineyard Haven.

His greatest pride was his family; nothing gave him more pleasure than time with his children and grandchildren. For many years, from all over the country they streamed to Martha’s Vineyard to share with him his favorite places and activities, including Lucy Vincent Beach and Menemsha, sailing, canoeing, walks, cycling, clamming, Scrabble and spirited dinner discussions. Every visit was laced with Bob’s hospitality, warmth and humor. Bob and Barbara were inseparable, completely devoted to each other and the best of companions.

Several years ago Bob and Barbara moved back to the Philadelphia area, joining many decades-long friends at Shannondell in Audubon. They continued to spend summers on Martha’s Vineyard.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara, his children and their spouses, Elizabeth and her husband Gary Gerstle, Robert Jr. and his wife Kathleen, James and his wife Julia Reid, Peggy Montague and her husband Richard, John and his spouse Muyar, and Martha and her husband Mike Brown; grandchildren Daniel and Samuel Gerstle, Natalie and Robert (3rd) Lunbeck, Emma, John and Axel Lunbeck, William, Tess and Kate Montague, Alexandra and Victoria Lunbeck, and Maggie and Molly Brown. He was predeceased by his brother, William Paul Lunbeck.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30 at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1260 South Trooper Road in Norristown, Pa.. It will be followed by a celebration of Bob’s life at the Ashcroft Clubhouse on Shannondell Drive in Audubon, Pa., for family and friends.

Special thanks to Einstein Montgomery Hospice for exemplary care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Bob’s name to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum at P.O. Box 1310, Edgartown, MA 02539 or