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Merritt M. Miller
Merritt M. Miller, 78, of Bolivar, NY, formerly of Fishing Creek, Roulette, died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, following a short illness.
Born Nov. 25, 1924, in Lockport, NY, he was a son of John F. and Vesta K. Knight Miller. On June 23, 1945, on Crandall Hill, Hebron Township, he married Shirley R. Burdick, who survives.
Mr. Miller was a graduate of Roulette High School, Class of 1942. He was a farmer in his early years and was also employed by the former Anchor Toy Company in Coudersport. He retired from Pittsburgh Corning Corp., Port Allegany, on August 1, 1987, after 33 years of service.
A resident of Bolivar, NY, since 1997, Mr. Miller lived most of his life on Fishing Creek. He was a member of the Ceres United Methodist Church and a former member of the Fishing Creek United Methodist Church and the Riverside United Methodist Church in Roulette. Merritt served his church in many capacities, including lay speaker and spreading the word of the Lord to those he met.
He was a seventh degree member of the Patrons of Husbandry of the National Grange. He was a member of the former Hebron Grange #1251 and the Central Grange #1216, Sweden Valley. Merritt served as master of Potter County Pomona Grange #54 and also served as a state deputy master and was responsible for the Pomona Youth program. Mr. Miller received the Granger of the Year Award. Mr. and Mrs. Miller were honored for 60 years of Grange service in 2002. Mr. Miller was a railroad enthusiast.
Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Geraldine R. "Gerri" Miller of Fishing Creek and Teresa L. "Terry" (James) Pratt of Bolivar, NY; an adopted daughter, Jayne E. James of Fishing Creek; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Miller was preceded in death by two sons, Wesley Don Miller and Stephen Randolph Miller; two grandchildren; one sister, Laura M. Tauscher; and one brother, Ira Elmer Miller.
Funeral and committal services were held Saturday (April 26, 2003) at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. Pastor T. Lee Bennett, serving as interim pastor of Hebron 1st Seventh Day Baptist Church, officiated. Burial was in Hebron Cemetery, Hebron.
A Grange memorial service was held Friday evening in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation or to the American Cancer Society.

Dale W. 'Bill' Russell
Dale W. "Bill" Russell, 75, of Coudersport, former Potter County Sheriff, died unexpectedly Sunday (April 27, 2003) at his home.
Born March 10, 1928, in Coudersport, he was the son of William H. and Dorothy White Russell. On Oct. 18, 1947, in Coudersport, he married Lorraine Mitchell, who survives.
Mr. Russell was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army. He was employed with the former Damascus Tanning Company and was a self-employed farmer and logger for many years. He had also worked with Hammermill Paper Company and was supervisor for Eulalia Township. He had operated the Quaker State Garage. From 1984-1995, Mr. Russell served as Potter County Sheriff. He was a member of the American Legion Potter Post 192 and the Pennsylvania Sheriff's Association.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Connie (Larry) Wykoff, Christie Marshall, and Sandy (Barry) Whitman, all of Coudersport; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard (Violet) Russell of Coudersport and Dr. Gary (Ella) Russell of Richmond Hill, GA; one sister, Berdina (Myrl) Knickerbocker of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Russell and Betty Russell, and one brother, Gifford Russell.
Friends called from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday (April 29, 2003) and may call from noon to 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, when funeral services will be held with the Rev. H.D. Youngblood officiating. Burial will be in Homer Cemetery, Inez. Military rites will be accorded at the cemetery by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Potter County Unit, 538 East Second St. #1, Coudersport, PA 16915, or to the American Heart Association, 440 N. Front St., Clearfield, PA 16830.

Edward L. Foust
Edward L. Foust, 73, of Coudersport died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) at Charles Cole Hospital, Coudersport.
Born Oct. 13, 1929, in Coudersport, he was the son of Harry W. and Goldi Sipes Foust. On Feb. 10, 1962, in Coudersport, he married Barbara Denning, who survives.
Mr. Foust was employed with the former Damascus Tanning Company in Coudersport. He had also worked for Carl Johnson and Galen Snowman. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion Potter Post 192.
Surviving in addition to his wife are one son, Albin "Buddy" (Nancy) Foust of Coudersport; three daughters, Jane (Gary) Coble of Manassas, VA, Patricia (Ron) Feldbauer of St. Marys and Linda (Mike) Cole of Couderport; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; four brothers, Wayne (Virginia) Foust, John (Lana) Foust and Joe (Sandy) Foust, all of Coudersport, Tom (Sue) Foust of Bradford; one sister, Verna Sevinsky of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Foust Jr. and Walter D. Foust.
Friends called Sunday (April 27, 2003) at the Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, where funeral services were held Monday with the Rev. Rennie MacDougall officiating. Burial was in Eulalia Cemetery. Military rites were accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Thomas B. Brown
Thomas B. Brown, 51, of Pendleton, NY, and Shinglehouse, died Tuesday (April 22, 2003) at his home in Shinglehouse.
Born Sept. 19, 1951, in Buffalo, NY, he was a son of Donald M. and Eileen R. Cowley Brown. On March 3, 1979, in Tonawanda, NY, he married Sharon K. Eagen, who survives.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass and luncheon to be held Friday (May 2, 2003) at 10:30 a.m. at Suzanne's Banquet Hall, Niagara Falls, NY.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude's Shrine, Lewiston, NY.
Arrangements are under direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Tina L. Fry
Tina L. Fry, 79, of Ulysses died Saturday (April 26, 2003) in her home.
Born June 7, 1923, in Hector Township, she was the daughter of Leon M. and Grace Page Monroe.
Friends called Tuesday (April 29, 2003) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Benjamin R. Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses, where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Larry O'Dell officiated. Burial was be in Ulysses Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Library, Ulysses, PA 16948

Virginia Richar
Virginia Richar, 88, of Galeton and Conrad died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) in her home in Galeton.
Born Oct. 14, 1914, in Silver Creek, NY, she was the daughter of Charles and Pearl Gleason Lyman. On May 9, 1936, in Buffalo, NY, she married Mendell W. Richar, who survives.
She was a member of the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church in Gaines. Virginia was best known for her strong devotion to family and many years of volunteer work.
Surviving besides her husband of 66 years are: a son, Kenneth (Kay) Richar of Bucyrus, MO; two daughters, Donna Schroeder of Franklin and Sally (Michael) Costello of Downers Grove, IL; a daughter-in-law, Norma Richar of Oil City; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Ann) Lyman of Tonawanda, NY; a sister, Lois Neumeister of Gowanda, NY; and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra Haller; a son, William C. Richar; a granddaughter; one brother; and three sisters.
Friends called at the Pine Creek Valley United Methodist Church, Gaines, on Sunday (April 27, 2003) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., with funeral services following at 4:00 p.m. The Rev. David K. Shultz will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Gale Hose Ambulance, Galeton Library Building Fund, or Potter County Hospice.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Collins-Olney Funeral Home, Galeton, PA 16922.

Joseph C. Herbert
Joseph C. Herbert Jr., 73, of Genesee died Saturday (Oct. 26, 2002).
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday (May 3, 2003) in the Genesee United Methodist Church. Military rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Genesee United Methodist Church or the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company and Ambulance, Genesee, PA 16923.
Arrangements are under direction of the Benjamin R. Olney Funeral Home, Ulysses.

Loren Dale Wabnum
Loren Dale Wabnum, 51, of Hebron Center died Wednesday (April 23, 2003) in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.
He was born Dec. 31, 1951, in Shawnee County, KS, a son of Chris Puckee and Ruby Wabnum.
For many years, he was a roofer for independent contractors and was employed by Encon of Coudersport. He was a Vietnam War veteran and was a member of the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi Nation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved camping.
Survivors include his fiance, Bonnie Haight Butts of Hebron Center; one son, Josh Wabnum of Kansas; three daughters, Lorie Youther of Kansas, Lisa of Clearwater, FL and Girlie Contreraz of Salamanca, NY; several brothers and sisters in Kansas; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Monday (April 28, 2003) at the Brookland Cemetery.
The Fickinger Funeral Home, a "Life Celebration Home," is in charge of arrangements.


 

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