Betty Lou Darby
Betty Lou Darby, 77, of Park Street, Avis, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 at her home.
She was born April 14, 1928 in Lock Haven, a daughter of Edgar A. and Katie M. (Stover) Miller.
She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd W. Darby in 1982.
Betty was the Avis Borough Tax Collector for 17 years, retiring in October 2004.
She was a member of the Avis United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and was the former financial secretary. Betty enjoyed crafts and was a 1945 graduate of Lock Haven High School.
She is survived by by a son, Floyd T. of Avis; a daughter, Susan L. Darby of Clinton, Miss.; and four grandchildren, Jay, Michael, Thomas and Amanda.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 at the Helt Funeral Chapel, 232 Hogan Blvd., Mill Hall, with the Rev. Malcolm Benton officiating. Friends and relatives will be received at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Avis United Methodist Church, Box B, Avis, Pa. 17721.
Evelyn S. Garrett
Evelyn S. Garrett, 83, of Lock Haven, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005 in Susque-View Nursing Home, Lock Haven.
She was born June 20, 1922 in Nittany, a daughter of the late Frank A. and Olive Kissinger Spicer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Garrett.
Evelyn was employed for many years by Sylvania of Mill Hall.
She was a member of the Lamar United Methodist Church.
Survivors include three nephews, Barry G. and Randall C. Yarnell, both of Axemann, and Tom Yarnell of Jackson, N.J.
The funeral will be Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the W. Robert Neff Funeral Home, 135 W. Main St., Howard, with the Rev. Jennett Wertz officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Walker Township. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Kenneth M. Zinn
Kenneth M. Zinn, 62, of 2019 Cement Hollow Road, Jersey Shore, passed quietly at his home Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005.
Kenneth was born Sept. 26, 1942 in Carlisle, the son of Clarence L. Zinn and the former Pauline E. Stone.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Walton. They were united in marriage Feb. 29, 1964 in Quantico, Va.
In 1998 he retired from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, after 29 years of service. For two years he was a National Park Ranger in the Glacier National Park in Montana. He served in the United States Marine Corps. and attended the University of Wyoming.
For many years he was a member of the NRA and the National Elk Foundation. For the last several years, he and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the west and midwest.
Also surviving are his mother, Pauline of Shippensburg; one son, Roy A. Zinn of Corinth, Texas; two daughters, Jean Ann Zinn of East Brunswick, N.J., and Kendra M. Gallagher of Avis; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Brandon, Megan, Caleb and Breannan; four brothers, Merle C. Zinn of Walnut Bottom, Garnet C. Zinn of Shippensburg, Blevens L. Zinn of Newburg and Mark L. Zinn of Newville; three sisters, Brenda Kay Ziegler, Nina E. Zinn and Lois M. Zinn, all of Newville.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. The Rev. Kerry Aucker will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in his name to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek Road, Missoula, Mont. 59808.
Richard A. Gedon
Richard A. (Dick) (Pappy) Gedon, 71, of State College, died on Aug. 19, 2005 at the Hershey Medical Center.
Born on Oct. 17, 1933 in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Otto Albert Gedon and Katherine Kissel Gedon Maggs.
On June 13, 1957 he married Natalie E. Carner, who survives at home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Catherine (Kate) Reiter and Dennis of Bellefonte, Karen Marnati and Dale Yost of Delaware, Richard Gedon and Lisa of Delaware, and Linda Richter and Anthony Scillia of Dingman's Ferry; seven grandchildren, Jessica and husband Marcus Crowley, Crystal Marnati, R.J. Gedon, Dayna Richter, Alex Richter, Anthony Scillia Jr. and Zachary Scillia and one great-grandchild, Skylar, all of whom were his pride and joy. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Mildred Carner of State College; two brothers, George W. and Antoinette Gedon of Williamsport and Edward C. and Bertie Gedon of Avis; and many nieces and nephews.
He was a graduate of Lock Haven High School, class of 1951. Mr. Gedon is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served from 1952 to 1956 in the Military Police Unit, OSC Detachment. He was also a member of the 112th Air National Guard in State College, from 1957 to 1970, and was called to active duty in Germany in 1961 during the Berlin Crisis.
He first worked at Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven and then a combined total of 10 years in the accounting office at the State Correctional Institution, Rockview, and the Dallas State Correctional Institution, Dallas. He retired from the automobile business in 1995, having worked years as a sales representative for several dealerships in the State College area. After retiring, he volunteered at the local hospital, drove vehicles for local dealerships and worked part-time for several seasons during the income tax preparation time at Seligman, Friedman, and Company, PC in State College.
He was a member of the Bellefonte Elks. Mr. Gedon was raised as a Master Mason in May of 1969 with the George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531 of Dallas. One of his greatest honors was becoming a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Centre Forest No. 129 of State College, in 1976, after which he dedicated a large portion of his life to helping raise funds for children with Muscular Dystrophy, whether through the organization's Rose Promotions, Steak Stand at the Grange Fair and Penn's Cave or traveling through the regions as a Supreme Director for the Tall Cedars promoting membership, Cedarism and community service. Even though he became a quadriplegic in a car accident in 2002, he still continued his service of helping to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Research in hopes of finding a cure for those stricken with the disease. His energy and enthusiasm never wavered and he was an inspiration to all those around him.
He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in State College.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005 at 10 a.m. at the Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College, with Rev. Thomas Jacobs officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Cemetery, Zion, immediately following the service.
Visitation will be at the Koch Funeral Home from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 with Masonic Service at 8:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Tall Cedar Foundation, Centre Forest No. 129, 329 Creekside Drive, State College, Pa. 18601 or to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 109 McAllister St., State College, Pa. 16801.
William R. Kinley
William Roscoe Kinley, 67, of Farrandsville, passed into God's embrace on Aug. 20, 2005.
He was born on Sept. 16, 1937 to the late James F. and Dorothy Walker Kinley of Lock Haven.
Bill attended Lock Haven High School and immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving from 1954 to 1958 in the Korean War.
Bill served with the 40 & 8 Voiture for 27 years, holding the office Chef De Gare (Commander). He was also a member of the American Legion post 131 and the Loyal order of the Moose of the Lock Haven. He was also a member of the People's Church of Farrandsville.
He dedicated 34 years of his life to Champion Parts Rebuilders. After retirement he enjoyed the last nine years of employment at Weis Store in Lock Haven. William celebrated his 45th wedding anniversary on March 26 with the former Ethel Freed.
Also surviving to cherish his memories are his mother-in-law, Dorothy Freed of Lock Haven; two daughters, Kimberly (Dennis) Welch of Mill Hall and Amber Kinley of Farrandsville along with two granddaughters, Denise (Raymond) Vonada of Lamar and Holly Welch of Mill Hall. Pappy Bill will be greatly missed by his three great-grandsons, Gannon Vonada affectionately known as Gunner, Camden Vonada (Little Charlie) and Jedidah (Pappy Bill's Jake) Welch.
He also leaves behind five brothers, Donald (Cindy) of Jersey Shore, Ronald (Gloria) of Milesburg, Robert (Sharon) of Mill Hall, James of Beech Creek and Carter of Howard; one sister, Jeannie (Kenneth) McGhee of Mill Hall and numerous nieces and nephews who have many memories to share and hold close to their hearts.
Bill's faithful canine companion, Dunkin, will miss their weekly trips to camp. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.
May you rest in peace Bill, we will miss you dearly.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home Inc., 321 High St., Flemington. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Janice H. Kelly
Janice H. Kelly, 72, of 700 West Walnut St., Lock Haven died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She died the way she lived, with a strong faith and a positive attitude.
She was born Sept. 26, 1932 in Monument, the daughter of the late Joseph and Emily Heverly. She married R. Keith Kelly on November 24, 1950.
Surviving are two daughters, Leslie and her husband Kurt Smith, and Rachel and her husband Thane Turner, both of Lock Haven. In addition, she has seven grandchildren who gave her much joy, Kyle, Jeremy and Megan Smith and Ellen, Avery, Caleb and Benjamin Turner.
Jan was a member of the Great Island Presbyterian Church where she served as a former elder and member of the choir for many years. She had a great love of reading and passed this on by volunteering at the adult learning center teaching others to read. Also, having lost a child to a birth defect, she was active in the March of Dimes crusade for several years. She enjoyed the friendships she shared with the 'Foxy Ladies' and worked actively with them to support Millbrook Theater.
She was employed as a secretary for 13 years at Hammermill Paper Company. She then worked for the State Bank of Avis, retiring in 1995. Both before and after her retirement she and her husband enjoyed traveling with family and friends, visiting many places in the United States and abroad.
Jan will be remembered for her kindness and love for others. There is a saying, 'You reap what you sow,' and this was never more evident than in the past two years as she faced the challenge of a terminal illness. Family and friends from many aspects of her life reached out to her giving her strength to face an uncertain future. Because of this, she faced her illness with strength, dignity and an appreciation of the full life she lived.
The funeral was held at Great Island Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21. Officiating the services was Pastor Ken Page. Interment was in Rest Haven Cemetery, Lock Haven.
Visitation for family and friends were at Great Island Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening, Aug. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Monday morning, at 10 a.m., one hour before the funeral service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Great Island Presbyterian Church or the Susquehanna Health Service hospice program.
Ronald W. McAnany
Ronald W. 'Bill' McAnany, 67, of 436 High St., Flemington, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005 at his residence.
He was born June 8, 1938 in Williamsport, the son of the late Homer and Ruth Freezer McAnany. He married the former Phyllis L. Dietz who survives.
He was the owner and operator of Flemington Auto Body. He was a member of the Flemington First Church of Christ. He was also a member of the Central Pa. Street Machines Car Club and the Flemington Ambulance Association.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Linda Dunlap of Jersey Shore, Barb Bouse (Robert) and Kim Adams (Ken), all of Williamsport; one son, William E. Sellers, Jr., (Kristy) of Castanea; one brother, Jim McAnany (Donna) of Williamsport; and eight grandchildren, Amy Jo, Caitlyn, Jill, Johnny, Roxanne, Beth, Blake and McKenna.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, with the Rev. Mark Riley officiating. Burial will be at Rest Haven Memorial Park, Lock Haven. Friends were received from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, VNA Community Nursing Service, Flemington First Church of Christ or the Salvation Army.
John R. Zerbe
John R. Zerbe, 72, of Hershey, PA, formerly of Jersey Shore, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, in Hershey Medical Center. He was born August 19, 1933, in Jersey Shore, son of the late Oliver H. Zerbe and Elizabeth B. Snyder-Zerbe.'
He was a retired United States Air Force veteran. He was a retired Postmaster for the United States Postal Service in Jersey Shore. He was a member of the Avis United Methodist Church and was a volunteer firefighter for the Independent Hose Company #1 of Jersey Shore. He was a member of the American Legion, the F & AM. La Belle Vallee Lodge No. 232 and a Shriner. He served as secretary of the Elks BPO Lodges #1057 and #2257.'
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jane L. (Brooks) Zerbe of Hershey; three sons, Dennis Zerbe and his wife Salinda of San Antonio, Texas, Dean Zerbe and his wife Beth of Lancaster, John Zerbe and his wife Lori of Hershey; one daughter, Danielle Hawkins and her husband Marc of Pottstown; seven grandchildren, Kamela, Karissa, Nathan, Rachel, Zachary, Alexandra and Madeline; one great-grandson, Kaeden; and a sister, G. Maxine Zerbe-Seiffert of Jersey Shore.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul U. Zerbe of Springfield, MA.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005 at the Avis United Methodist Church. Friends and relatives will be received at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny Street, Jersey Shore on Monday, Aug. 22, 2005. Contact the funeral home for times.
Thomas E. Lose
Thomas E. Lose, 53, of Lamar, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005 at his residence.
He was born January 3, 1952 in Bellefonte, the son of the late Earl W. and Edith C. Robinson Lose.
Mr. Lose was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.
He worked in the construction business and was of the Protestant faith. He was a member of the Bellefonte Eagles, No. 4320, and an avid PSU Football fan. He also loved to cook.
He is survived by his wife, Shirlene C. Kellerman, at home. The couple was married March 27, 1976.
Also surviving are two sons, Shannon B. Lose of Lock Haven and Michael D. Lose of Mill Hall; one brother, Steven Lose of Milesburg; two sisters, Patricia Shawley of Bellefonte and Karen Coakley of Milesburg; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005 at the Tabernacle of the Living God Church in Milesburg. Pastor Jerry Coakley will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home, Milesburg.
Robert J. Oberheim
Robert J. Oberheim, 85, of 942 Park Ave., Woolrich, passed away peacefully at his home Aug. 22, 2005.
Born in Lock Haven on Oct. 24, 1919, he was the son of the late A.A. and Esther Gramley Oberheim.
Robert was united in marriage January 16, 1954 to Leah Cryder Oberheim, who survives. They celebrated 51 years of marriage together.
Robert was a 1938 graduate of the Lock Haven High School. He went to work for Piper Aircraft for a short time before joining the U.S. Navy where he served from 1944 to 1946 in the South Pacific, Esperitos Santos on a floating dock. He served as a Pennsylvania State Police Officer in the Pennsylvania Mid State region, where he served for 22 years, retiring from the Rockview Barracks in 1971.
Robert and his wife Leah resided in Bellefonte for 30 years, where he served as deputy sheriff of Centre County and had worked as a courier for the Mid-State Bank in Bellefonte.
Mr. Oberheim was a member of the Woolrich United Methodist Church and a life member of the B.P.O.E. of Lock Haven.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are one son, Robert L. and his wife Dona K. Oberheim of State College; one daughter, Mrs. David (Karen O.) Lockard of Bethesda, Md., and their children, Kate and Adam.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Carl, Ralph, H.A. and Ray Oberheim.
Funeral services for Robert J. Oberheim will be held on Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. in the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, 121 West Main St., Lock Haven. Officiating will be Rev. James F. Kreamer, pastor of the Woolrich United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Highland Cemetery family plot, Lock Haven. Friends will be received in the funeral home on Thursday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the services.
The family suggests memorial donations be accepted to the PAWS of State College through the funeral home.
Jason L. Breon
Jason Leroy 'Jas' Breon, 84, husband of Doris (Smith) Breon, of 44 Hillview Lane, Loganton, passed away on Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 at Lock Haven Hospital.
Jas was born on March 2, 1921, in Mill Hall, the son of the late Hayes and Rose (Donahay) Breon.
Jas retired after more than 30 years of service at PennDOT in 1984 as a Road Foreman and was formerly employed as a molder with Darling Valve of Williamsport.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Jas was of the Methodist faith.
He enjoyed hunting and was well known for his expert marksmanship.
He enjoyed carpentry and electrical work and traveling to the Gettysburg Battlefield.
Jas was an avid Penn State Football Fan and was a member of the Sugar Valley Volunteer Fire Co. #13. Along with his wife, he is survived by sons, Barry of McElhattan, James of Tylersville, Richie of Loganton, Donald of Cammal, Terry of Tylersville and Jack of Sparta, Tenn.; two daughters, Sheri Gardner of McElhattan and Shelby Rhinehart of Lock Haven; a step-daughter, Leanna Rockey of Loganton; two step-sons, Rick Tyson of Rebersburg and Sydney Tyson of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, Robert C. Breon of Oregon; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. in the Wayne P. Urbine Funeral Home, Inc., 95 E. Main St., Loganton, with the Rev. Kay Schwab officiating. Visitation will be held in the funeral home two hours prior to the service. Interment will be held in the Fairview Cemetery, Loganton. If desired memorials may be made in Jas' name to Camp Victory, PO Box 810, Millville, Pa. 17846.
Glenn W. Thompson
Glenn W. 'Pockets' Thompson, 69, of Howard, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 at the Mt. Nittany Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 16, 1936 in Howard, the son of the late Oscar W. and Pauline Confer Thompson.
Mr. Thompson was married to Patricia Tate on Feb. 17, 2001 in Howard. She survives at home. His first wife, Mary Lohr Thompson, passed away in February of 2000.
Mr. Thompson was a 1954 graduate of Howard High School and a 1957 graduate of Williamsport Tech.
He was employed as a tool and dye maker at Cerro Metal for 15 years and was the owner of Thompson's Bait Shop and Sporting Goods and Bald Eagle Marina of Howard.
He attended the Howard United Church of Christ. He was a member of the Pleasant Gap American Legion and the Loyal Order of the Moose, Bellefonte.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling.
He was a Navy veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict.
Surviving are one daughter, Sherri Thompson True of Howard; two sons, Glenn 'G.T.' Thompson and wife Penny, and Kenneth Thompson and his wife Jodi, both of Howard; one foster-son, Robert 'Bob' Hearn; two sisters, Lois and James Shay of Howard and Jessie and Thomas Rohner of Elizabethtown; seven grandchildren, Heather and Jessica DeHaas, Parker, Logan and Kale Thompson, Nikki and Kendra Thompson.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 at the W. Robert Neff Funeral Home, 135 W. Main St., Howard, with Rev. Jack Archer and Rev. Leatha Archer officiating. Burial will be at Schenck's Cemetery, Howard. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, 2451 General Potter Highway, Centre Hall, 16828.
Ada Jane Watts
Ada Jane Watts, 84, of 128 S. Main St., Jersey Shore, died Wednesday, August 24, 2004, at her home.
She was born Oct. 18, 1920 in Shippensburg, daughter of Roy Green and the former Ada J. Boyne.
Her husband, Herman L. Watts Sr., preceded her in death on April 4, 1966. They were united in marriage in October 1939 in Hagerstown, Md.
For many years she was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary.
Earlier in life, Dinans and Beaches Restaurants employed her in Jersey Shore. Several years ago she was a member of the singing Greens vocal group. She was an avid Steelers and Phillies fan.
She is survived by two sons, Herman L. Watts Jr. and wife Betty Lou of Jersey Shore, and David E. Watts and wife Kay of Williamsport; two daughters, Patricia A. Wardell and husband Robert of Antes Fort and Debra K. Schneider and companion Rick of Jersey Shore; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles E. Green of Montgomery; a nephew Max H. Frederick of Carlisle, and other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be MOnday, August 29, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Burial will be in the Salladasburg Cemetery. The Rev. Craig Schaefer will officiate. There will be no public visitation.
Col. E.J. 'Doc' Conway
Ellsworth Junior Conway was born Sept. 5, 1926 in Mill Hall, the son of Ellsworth T. and Rhoda Fye Conway.
He was married to Lois N. Beach of Hickory Bottom, Pa. in November of 1946.
Surviving members of his family include his wife, three daughters, Peggy (Jerry) Jasper, Maria (Robert) Courter, both of Bellefonte, and Kitty (late William T.) Berry, of Mill Hall; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Madeline Bowers, and a brother, Harold.
Conway was a World War II Army veteran who served in the South Pacific. He was part of the first occupying force to enter South Korea, assigned to military government until returning to the United States and commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the USA Reserves. Conway transferred to the Pennsylvania National Guard, where he was commander of Company A 728 Ordinance Battalion.
Later he was promoted to Major as ammunition officer for the 28th Infantry Division Headquarters in Harrisburg. As Lt. Colonel, Conway was reassigned to USAR in Fort Lee, Va., serving as deputy director in Troop Support Agency.
He was a graduate of Command and General Staff College in Levenworth, Kan., and Ordinance School in Aberdeen, Md. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 623 and the VFW in Lock Haven.
Conway was employed at the Mill Hall Sylvania plant from 1942 to 1960 and served as Mill Hall postmaster, starting in 1966.
Upon his retirement he restored antique cars and took up his former love for flying.
He was a member of many organizations: The Allegheny Mountain and American Antique Car Association (Governor chapter), director of AAA Club of the southern division of Pennsylvania, Society of Quiet Birdmen, Experimental Aircraft Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Silver Wings Fraternity and the Mill Hall Kiwanis Club.
Conway was also the Fly-In director for Sentimental Journey from 1989 to 2002 and a life member of Piper Museum.
Conway attended the Mill Hall United Methodist Church.
Memorial donations can be made to the Piper Museum or the Sentimental Journey.
Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at the Brethren in Christ Church, Mill Hall, with the Rev. Mark Thornton officiating. Burial will be in Hayes-Fearon Cemetery, Beech Creek. Friends will be received at the church on Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.
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