Obituaries Vol. II

Back Home Next

Newest obituaries are found at the bottom of this page.

Click on a thumbnail to open the image to it's full size (If available).

To view a graduation picture of our classmate select their name.

Robert A. Greene

Robert A. Greene Jr., 63, of 369 Sugarcreek Drive, Franklin, died at 8:02 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, in UPMC Northwest, Seneca.

Born March 2, 1944, in Oil City, he was the son of Robert A. Greene Sr. and Margaret L. McFadden Greene Irwin, who survives in Rouseville.

Mr. Greene was a 1963 graduate of Oil City High School and lived in the Oil City area all of his life.

He served as an airman third class in the U.S. Air Force from June of 1963 to July of 1964.

Mr. Greene was employed in the V.R.S. Department at Polk Center for a number of years until his retirement. While working at Polk Center he served as the president of the Polk A.F.S.C.M.E.

He was Catholic in faith.

Mr. Greene’s hobbies included golf and shooting pool in the Franklin Men’s Pool League.

He was married July 14, 2001, to Debra S. Green, who survives, along with his mother, Margaret Irwin of Rousevillle.

Also surviving are two daughters, Kristen Ashe of Tucson, Ariz., and Kim Moseley of Wichita, Kan.; three stepdaughters, Lindi Sayers, Laura Nelson and Rachel Everhart, all of the Franklin area; five grandchildren; and six step grandchildren.

He also is survived by one brother and his wife, John and Karen Greene of Oil City; three sisters, Marilyn Lineman and Susanne Warzel and husband, Chuck, all of Rouseville, and Jo Anne Tate and husband, Melvin, of North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Greene was preceded in death by his father.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Hutchinson Funeral Home, 201 Bissell Ave., Oil City.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Ron C. Bole, VNA Hospice minister, officiating.

Interment will be in Rynd Farm Cemetery.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Richard T. Krug

For pictures of Dick's wake, click here.

This obituary is a combination of the Oil City Derrick and the Kingman, AZ newspaper obituaries.  It provides more complete information than either one separately.


Richard T. Krug, 63, of Kingman and formerly of Oil City, Pa., died Saturday, April 12, 2008, while riding his motorcycle near Bullhead City.
He died of an apparent heart attack.  

Born April 2, 1945, in Oil City, he was the son of the late George and Blanche Krug. He graduated in 1963 from Oil City High School.
Mr. Krug served in the U.S. Army in the Finance Corps and as a Military Police sergeant during the Vietnam era.

He attended Clarion University and graduated from Youngstown University.
While living in Oil City, Krug was well known as a manager of the First Seneca Bank. In Kingman and Bull head City, he was president and CEO of the Mojave Federal Credit Union.

He owned and operated Village Auto West in Kingman and the business was so named because of his close association with his friend Bob Fry's Village Auto in Oil City, Pa.
An avid and knowledgeable automobile collector, Mr. Krug's restorations won many awards at car shows throughout the Southwest. His friends everywhere remember him as a spontaneous person who enjoyed life to the fullest and as an absolutely loyal friend to all who knew him.
Surviving are his loving companion of many years, Dianne Morin of Kingman; his stepsister, Betty Lorraine Ellert of Florida; two stepchildren, Eric Steffe and Amy Hartle of Oil City; several cousins, including Sam Krug and his wife Paulette of Ninety Six, S.C., Polly Krug Harshbarger of Mt. Dora, Fla., Tom Stuck of Avon Lake, Ohio, Bob Stuck of Carmichaels, Pa., Dr. Beverly Snyder Settlemire of The Villages, Fla., Linda Snyder of Alaska, Dr. Chuck Snyder of Ohio and Tom Reagle of Florida.
Also surviving are two uncles, Elmer Mohney of Oil City and Lee Dinger of Meadville, and an aunt, Fern Snyder of Oil City.
He was a much-loved father figure to Benjamin Morin of Edgewood, N.M, and Matthew Morin of Denton, Texas, and he was "Grandpa Dick" to 12 grandchildren.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://www.thederrick.com/strimg/andresZ.jpg

Dixie E. Andres

Dixie E. Andres, 63, of 507 Euclid Ave., Oil City, left Monday morning July 28, 2008, at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie to be in the hands of the Lord, after a courageous battle with cancer and heart complications.

Born Oct. 8, 1944, in Oil City, she was a daughter of Ann Girts Tingue and the late George “Ben” Tingue.

She was a member of Good Hope Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Andres graduated from Oil City High School in 1963 and continued her education at Robert Morris College, where she graduated.

She was employed by the FBI in Washington, D.C., and also spent time as a teller at First Seneca Bank. She also owned several family businesses including Andres Frosty Flavor, Andres and Son Garage and Fort Venango Coin Shop.

Mrs. Andres enjoyed bowling, softball and bingo.

Her all-time favorite thing to do was spend time with her grandchildren and spoil them. She was a one-of-a-kind wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and especially “nana.”

On Oct. 2, 1982, she married John F. Andres, and he survives.

She is also survived by her mother, Ann Girts Tingue of Oil City; two sons, Allan (Tex) Andres and wife, Michelle, and Michael Andres and wife, Tracey, all of Oil City; one stepson, Mark Andres and wife, Seiko, of Columbus, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Amy Andres of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Bailey, Lucas, Kaila, Breanna and Sierra Andres, Rusty Rice, and Wisteria and Momiji Andres; a brother, Larry Tingue and wife, Bev, of Morton, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, George “Ben” Tingue; one sister, Judith “Judy” Ewing; one brother-in-law, Thomas Ewing; her mother-in-law, Sophia Andres; and a great-nephew, William “Billy” Thomas Ewing.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Morrison Funeral Home in Oil City.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Philip H. Scherr, pastor of Good Hope Lutheran Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Those wising to place a memorial may do so through the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Michael J. Brown

Michael J. Brown, 63, of 24 W. Front St. Oil City, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, in his apartment.

He had formerly lived at 526 Merritt St. Oil City, PA.

Born July 25, 1945, in Oil City, he was a son of the late Robert and Sophie Gill Brown.

He attended St. Joseph Grade School and was a graduate of Oil City High School. He had also attended Venango Campus.

Retired, Mike had previously worked as a quality control supervisor at Continental Can for 17 years and as a sales representative for Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.

He was of the Catholic faith.

Mike’s love for life was known to all who knew him. He enjoyed fine dining and cooking for others. He enjoyed music, especially his favorite singer, Gordon Lightfoot, and was an avid Steelers fan. His love for his grandchildren and family topped everything else.

Surviving are a daughter, Marcy Jo Lusher of Polk; two sons, Michael Brown and his wife, Jessica, of Chesapeake, Va., and Nicholas Robert Brown of Edinboro; and four grandchildren, Dalton and Julia Lusher of Polk and Michael and Gracie Brown of Virgina.

Survivors also include two sisters, Mary Anne Brown Pastor of Oil City and Patricia Montgomery and her husband, Bill, of Meadville; a brother, Steve Brown of Columbus,Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday in the gathering space of St. Joseph Church in Oil City.

Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. with Msgr. John W. Swoger, presiding.

Internment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations be made in Mike’s name to the St. Joseph Church Development Fund.

The Reinsel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

William E. Wigren
 

William E. Wigren, 63, a lifelong resident of Oil City, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at UPMC Northwest in Seneca.

Born March 3, 1945, in Oil City, he was a son of Edward H. and Mildred Shreve Wigren.

Mr. Wigren was a graduate of Oil City High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1965 to 1969 as a radioman.

Mr. Wigren attended the Pittsburgh Technical Institute and received an associate degree in drafting and design technology.

He was employed at Joy Technologies from 1969 until his death.

Mr. Wigren was a "Ham” radio operator and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Sam.

On April 23, 1966, he married the former Nancy Reagle, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by two sons, Todd Wigren and his wife, Pamela, of Oil City, and Justin Wigren and his fiancee, Tammy, of Seneca; and a very special grandson, Samuel Lee Wigren of Seneca.

Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Geraldine K. Reagle of Seneca; a brother-in-law, Mark Reagle; two sisters-in-law, Kathy Lukasiak and her husband, Mark, and Joni Erich and her husband, Harold; two special aunts, Eva Wigren and Catherine Wigren of Edinboro; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two uncles, Donnie Wigren and Walter Wigren; and his father-in-law, Lee Reagle.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Morrison Funeral Home in Oil City.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Sharon Hilfiger, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Thomas E. Starzl Transplant Institute, UPMC Montefiore, 7 South 3459 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, 15213.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

   

Left image from the April 18, 2009 Mini-reunion

Lee Vandall

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Margaret Nillson Light

Peggy passed away on March 13, 2010. While no official obituary was written, the following words were provided by her fellow class members:

From Carol Thomas Krawiec: She was very sweet, great accordion player, has two children Kevin and Heather.  Was married to George Light [who] passed away a few years ago of cancer. 

From Donna Sylvester Krahling: Peggy and I worked together right after graduation and were close friends up until the time she moved to Florida. Then, sad to say, as time passed, we lost touch.  She  was a good friend, quiet and someone you could count on. Those qualities are rare.  Always fragile, like her mom.  She will be missed by those who knew her well.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Joseph Ludwig

The following was supplied by Joe's wife Judy: Joe had requested no funeral and no obituary. He died on December 16, 2010 of complications of throat cancer.
He had been a self-employed contractor. During those last two years, he was able to stay with my daughter (with Carl Gardner) as she was bed-fast, carrying twins, for nearly all her pregnancy. 

And then helped take care of the boys for their first year and died , at home, the day after their first birthday.

 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 

Jack Henderson

Jack dropped out of school  during our senior year and went into the service.  He lived in Texas for a long time and then about 12 years ago moved to Jackson Tennessee.  He died of a massive heart attack. Unfortunately, Jack was one of our classmates that we lost track of over the years.  Jack's brother, Bob Henderson, said that the family had not been able to find Jack for many years. His brother said that Jack lived in Texas before moving back here and that at one time Jack lived only a hundred miles from him and he never knew it.  Jack didn't stay in touch with any of his family once leaving school.

Jack A. Henderson
The Oil City Derrick, January 20, 2012 Obituary

Jack A. Henderson, 66, a former resident of Oil City, passed away Dec. 24, 2011, in his home in Jackson, Tenn.  He is survived by his wife, Judy A. Henderson of Jackson, Tenn.; children Misty Wright and Donnie Henderson of Texas, Marcy Henderson of Oil City and Larry Henderson of Tennessee; and brothers Lawrence Henderson of Virginia and Robert Henderson of Oil City.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

David B. Carnahan

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on April 15, 2012

CARNAHAN David B. Carnahan, age 66, of Reynoldsburg, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 12, 2012. He was a longtime employee of Sears and retired from Discover Card; was a graduate of Kent State University and United States Air Force Veteran. He is preceded in death by his parents Donald and Eleanor Carnahan, and brother-in-law Michael O'Shea. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dianne "Sue" Carnahan; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Farrah Carnahan; daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Chad Smith; grand-children, Samantha Carnahan, and Lindsey, Lauren, and Lexie Smith; sister, Diane O'Shea; brother-in-law, Buzz and his wife, Becky Barker; sister-in-law, Lee Ellen Wilson; and many other extended family and friends. His family will receive friends Monday from 3-5 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 5 p.m., at the Fairfield Christian Church North, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Road, Baltimore, Ohio. At Dave's request, in lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Mt. Carmel Hospice, 6150 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43213.

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 

       

                                                                July 15, 2011


T. Gregory ‘Greg’ Williams

 

From Doug William, Greg Williams' brother.

I am very sorry to report that my brother had a stroke at work Tuesday
and has died. Age 66. He was working in Amarillo, TX. I'll be
flying there tomorrow to be with his wife and clean out his office and
apt. & drive his car back to their home in Houston. He is to be
cremated. Memorial service is pending & to be held at a later date.
May your prayers be for him with his family during this sorrowful
time. Condolences may be sent to:

Mrs. Joan M. Williams 14223 Lost Meadow Lane Houston, TX 77079

To those of you who knew him Greg was a great guy. Not just because
he is my brother but because he was kind, loving, caring, dedicated to
his profession & family, smart and with a great witt and sense of
humor. We shall miss him immensely. He was my friend.

GOD's speed.

Doug & Carol Williams

 

Greg Williams' Obituary from the Oil City Derrick


T. Gregory “Greg” Williams, 66, a resident of Houston, Texas, and former resident of Oil City, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Baptist St. Anthony (BSA) Hospice in Amarillo, Texas, with his wife by his side, as the result of a stroke he had May 8, 2012.
 

Greg was born May 17, 1945, in Oil City, a son of T. “Ted” G. Williams and Evelyn Cannon Williams.


He was a graduate of Oil City High School and the University of Kentucky, and he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Law.
He returned to Oil City to private practice law with McFate, McFate, McFate, Williams, and McFate and previously was Venango County solicitor. In 1989, Greg accepted a corporate law position with the DeBartolo Corp. in Boardman, Ohio.
He relocated to Houston in 1999. From May 2001 until his death, Greg was employed as a title supervisor with Coates Field Service, Inc.
Greg maintained his Pennsylvania law license and was a member of Masonic Lodge #363, F&AM., the Scottish Rite in Oil City and Coudersport, and the UK Alumni Association. He was a past member of the Venango County Bar Association, the One Hundred Club, the Franklin Club and the Adelphoi Club.


Survivors include his wife, Joan Martin Williams of Houston; his mother, Evelyn Williams of Louisville, Ky.; a brother, Douglas C. Williams (Carol) of Oil City; a sister, Jane W. Kenner (Jim) of Louisville, Ky.; and Joan’s daughters, Lisa Moran (Troy) of Nassau Bay, Texas, and her children, Megan Montemayor of Nassau Bay and Joel Gregory of Dallas, and Leanne Pfendler and her son, Sam, of League City, Texas.


Also surviving is Greg’s daughter, Lydia Williams (Scott Thomas) of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and his son, Theodore (Ted) G. Williams and his children, Sophia and Andrew of Quebec.
Additional survivors include nephews Taylor Williams of Bedford, and Gregory and Mason Williams of Oil City, who were a great source of joy and humor; mother-in-law, Dot Martin of Oil City; brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” E. Martin (Janice) and daughters, Gretta, Grace and Emma of Murrysville; feline friends, Riley and Rudy; human friends; and former in-laws of whom he had great affection.


Greg was predeceased by his father, T. “Ted” G. Williams; paternal grandparents; maternal grandparents; his father-in-law, Gerald E. Martin; Joan’s granddaughter, Julie Gregory; and feline friend, Roz.

His family wishes to thank the staff of Baptist St. Anthony Emergency Room, Critical Care, and Hospice in Amarillo for the care and compassion provided to Greg and to them. Gratitude is also expressed to Greg’s Coates Field Service family and Joan’s CHRISTUS Heath family for all concern, prayers and acts of kindness.

A memorial service will be planned for the near future in Oil City.

For those wishing to memorialize Greg, it is suggested memorials be made to Fisher House Inc., 7323 W. Highway 90, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas, 78227-3562 (FisherHouseIncsbcglobal.net); or a charity of the donor’s choice.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

       


Nancy Ann Rogers


Nancy Ann Rogers, 66, of 338 Oak Road, Oil City, died at 7:05 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2012, at her residence after a courageous battle with colon cancer.
Born Dec. 18, 1945, in Shippenville, Clarion County, she was the daughter of the late Hazel Wedekind Hodge.
She was a graduate of Oil City Senior High School, attended Pitt-Titusville and later received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Clarion University.
Nancy was a licensed CPA and operated her own accounting office in Titusville for many years.
An avid bridge player, she played in several duplicate bridge groups. She was on the VNA Board for 17 years and was a member of the Community Playhouse.
Survivors include her son, James Rogers of Cooperstown, and a granddaughter, Jenna Rogers, of Cooperstown; two sisters:

Kim Hodge and her husband Tom Brodzik of Lathrup Village, Mich., and Pam and Larry Keverline of Venus; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins of the Wedekind family.
Extended family survivors include Kathy and Dan Stofan, Jeff and Jackie Sherretts and Sara Sherretts and their families.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Reinsel Funeral Home & Crematory.
A graveside service will be held at 11a.m. Wednesday at the Wedekind Cemetery on Knight Town Road in Shippenville.
Memorials are being accepted at Northwest Savings Bank to start a scholarship fund for her granddaughter Jenna Rogers in memory of Nancy.

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 

Philip Irwin

 

PHILIP L. IRWIN Philip L. Irwin passed away on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the age of 68 in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Philip was born on January 17, 1944 in Oil City, PA to Luther and Amanda (Guth) Irwin. Philip was currently retired; he had worked as a welder on the railroad and then was employed as a part time employee working for the city in Lake Havasu City as a water meter reader, he proudly served in the US Navy from 1963 through 1969. He attended First Southern Baptist Church in Yucca, AZ. Philip is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Cheryl J. Irwin of Yucca, AZ; daughter Elizabeth Irwin Dubois, WY; son Philip L. Irwin Jr. of Brighton, CO; brother William Irwin of Golden, CO; sisters Ladonna Kutchavy of Franklin, PA and Ginger Rex of Shippenville, PA and 3 grandsons Matthew Madrid, Gage Irwin and Nicholas Irwin. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Delbert Madrid and grand-daughter Heather Madrid. Memorial Services will be held by First Southern Baptist Church of Yucca, AZ at the Yucca Elementary School 12661 S. 3rd Yucca, AZ 86438 on November 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM with Pastor Wayne Basye officiating.  Arrangements were placed under the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

John Robert (Bob) "Bibs" Hadley

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Gene C. Mitchell

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

James C. Swires

 

C. James (C.J. Jim) Swires, 70, of Reno, went to be with the Lord Sunday, May 8, 2016.


Born Nov. 14, 1945, in Oil City, he was an only child of the late Clarence E. and Geraldine H. Hamilton Swires. He spent his whole life in Oil City, growing up on Hoffman Avenue.

Jim worked all his life and had different jobs, but he was best known for being "The Battery Man." He owned and operated Oil City Radiator and Battery for over 40 years, until his health declined.

He had been a singer in two bands, one rock in his earlier years and one Christian.

Jim loved the Lord and shared the truth with anyone who would listen. He loved flying and Harleys.

In 1963, he married the former Karen S. Turner, who preceded him in death.

On Dec. 29, 1989, he married the former Shirley S. Hale, whom he had been with for 31 years. She survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, James C. Swires, Dixie Lee Henderson, Amanda E. Swires-Owens, Alicia L. (Jeff) Rodgers, John H. Wagner Jr., and Nicole R. Hale.

Also surviving are his grandchildren; Brittany Schons, Tiffany Swires, Abigail and Emma Owens, Tausha Graham, Heather Romine, Jacob, Michael and Beau Romine, Rebecca, Kaleb, Ainslee, and Isabella Wagner, Noah and Anna Rodgers and Shawn Kline Jr.; and his great-grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Kylie, Clark, and Ava Schons, Logan Basham, Taylor Hays, Harper and McKenna Jones, Braden and Hope Gardner, Tripp and Chloe Romine.

He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Leila S. Hale; an uncle, Ken Swires; and his friend/brother, Dennis Umstead.
He was preceded in death by his parents, numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Morrison Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. David Smith, pastor of the Franklin Nazarene Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Reno Cemetery.

Please visit the Tribute Wall at http://www.morrisonhome.com to share a memory or leave a condolence.

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 


Col. (Ret.) John T. Vender II
Obituary

Col. (Ret) John T. Vender II, 71 years, of Corrales, New Mexico and formerly of Oil City, Pennsylvania, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 after a lengthy illness. Born on November 9, 1944 in Oil City, Pennsylvania, he was the eldest son of the late Theodore (Ted) and Evaline (Mitcham) Vender. After graduating from Oil City High School, John attended Tri State College, Angola, Indiana where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. On May 31, 1969 John married Christine McKarns.
Col. Vender’s military career included assignments in 10 states. He served in Vietnam as a forward air control pilot flying an OV-10 Bronco completing 99 missions throughout the country. He received a Masters Degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida in Gainsville. After a 25-year career, he retired in 1995.

John developed a passion for genealogy and tracing his family back through the generations. He also loved biking and hiking the back roads of Corrales. His main love, however, was his family.
Surviving are his wife, Christine, of Corrales, New Mexico; one son, Stephen and his wife, Sally; one daughter, Carissa, and her husband Jeff; four grandchildren, Branna, Evan, Asher, and Margaret, all of Albuquerque, New Mexico and one brother, Gary, of Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Michael.

Services are pending.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to contribute to a charity of the donor’s choice or to simply raise a glass of wine and remember the good times.

 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

David E. Lesh

In the summer of 1963, I began taking 8mm movies of my family and friends, The right picture is a fame lifted from the very first time I used my camera. The image is of two of my very best friends while in school and who remain dear friends to this day. Dave Lesh is the passenger and Blaine Uplinger is the driver. The image is not only my favorite of them but was also special to Blaine and Dave.

For some reason Dave did not have his picture taken for the class yearbook, so I'm also using the image on the Memorial page.

 

David E. Lesh Obituary

 

David E. Lesh, age 70, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at his home in Erie, with his family by his side. Dave successfully battled Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma [3 times] for 15 years and lived a life of travel, adventure, determination, and love for his friends and family, experiencing a decline in health in the last six months of his life.

Dave was born in Oil City, Pa. on April 17, 1946 to Robert and Dorothy Lesh. He lived there for most of his youth, except for a brief stint in Phoenix that he always recalled fondly. He served in the Navy from 1965 to 1971 as a Machinist Mate Second Class and served on the USS Enterprise and the USS Porterfield during the Vietnam War.

Dave met Marie, the love of his life, in 1972 at a blind date. They were engaged six weeks later. They celebrated their 43rd anniversary on February 9, 2016. Marie and Dave were inseparable best friends who traveled the world together and were always planning their next adventure. Dave is also survived by his daughter, Christine, to whom he was an amazing father, friend, and confidante. Christine and Rob Bonham were married in September in Vermont, and Christine is grateful to have had both her mother and father walk her down the aisle. Dave's granddog, Adelaide, will miss him dearly as well.

Dave was a Renaissance Man with wide and varied interests, including golfing, fishing, skydiving, motorcycling, cars, reading, traveling, and honing his legendary organizational skills. He recently built a beautiful Irish bar in the basement of his home (with help from some very patient friends), and organized and hosted a Navy Reunion of the USS Porterfield in 2015.

For a man who always claimed to be an introvert, he had strong, lifelong friendships with many. His humor, sarcasm, and wit will be dearly missed.

Dave was able to live his best possible life because of the care and generosity of spirit provided by the nurses, staff, and physicians at the Regional Cancer center, especially Dr. Jan Rothman, whose wisdom, friendship, and encouragement were essential in helping Dave navigate his illness. Profound thanks also to Dr. Kimberly Thompson and Dr. David Benjamin.

There will be a reception in Dave's honor on Saturday, August 27 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St. at Greengarden Blvd. According to his wishes, he will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home of Erie. Condolences may be expressed at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com

 

Back Home Next