Robert Storck attended McKinley Elementary School and Washington Junior High School, and he graduated from Parkersburg High School. Following graduation, he attended Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the School of Economics at West Virginia University. Mr. Storck also graduated from the School of Baking at the American Bakers Association.
In 1943, Mr. Strock married Joan Arnold, the daughter of the late Charles Emmett Arnold, Sr. and Ethel Blizzard Arnold. That year, their daughter, Susan Schumann Storck Ross was born, and two years later, in 1945, Sarah Arnold Storck Mazzella was born. They also had three grandchildren.
Active in the military, Mr. Storck served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Senior Grade in World War II and was a member of the American Legion. He was a flight instructor and Chief Check Pilot in Norman, Oklahoma, and served as a transport squadron pilot.
Mr. Storck owned the Storck Baking Company from 1936-1987 and was a leading officer from 1947-1987. In the business community, he served on the Board of Directors of the Peoples National Bank of Parkersburg, the Union Central National Bank, and the United National Bank.
A member and supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and the Co-Founder and past President of the Parkersburg Junior Chamber of Commerce, he also helped obtain night lighting for the PHS stadium. He served as President of the Greater Parkersburg Chamber of Commerce, President of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, and Chairman and fund drive chairman of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of American Red Cross. For twelve years, he served on the Moore and Rockefeller administrations and was an Advisory Board member for the West Virginia Department of Highways. He a key figure in establishing the Wood County Airport.
Recognized by many people as a fine citizen and highly respected businessman of the community, Mr. Storck was cited for Meritorious Service by the Presidents' Committee for Employment of the Physically Handicapped. He was also cited by the American Legion of the United States for Outstanding Record of Employment of Physically Handicapped Veterans and awarded the West Virginia Small Businessman of the Year in 1970 by the Small Business Administration of the United States. He was recognized by the West Virginia Junior Chamber of Commerce as the Outstanding Young Man of the Year, 1947. Carrying on the tradition of bakery goods in his family, Mr. Storck served as president of the West Virginia Bakers Association for two terms. He was also active in Quality Bakers of America, American Bakers Association, and Independent Bakers of America.
Robert Storck was an active, supportive community member. Upon his death, his friends and relatives created a fund within the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. The Robert L. Storck Memorial Fund provides scholarships to area high school students.