|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
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,
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude's Shrine, Lewiston, NY.
Arrangements are under direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home,
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, 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,
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,
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
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