From Mifflinburg Telegraph Weekly Newspaper
Obituaries Week of April 5, 2012
Apr 5, 2012 - 10:51:33 AM
Ray Musser Ard
Ray Musser Ard, 83, of 134 Ard Road, entered into rest peacefully during his sleep on Friday, March 30, 2012, after conquering many obstacles. He was surrounded by the love of many friends and family members and his beloved dog Putter during his last days.
Ray Ard, son of Wilson P. Ard and Marion L. (Musser) Ard, was born Jan. 17, 1929, in Woodward. Ray graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1947, and from Penn State University in 1951 with a degree in ag education and chemistry.
Ray is survived by his wife Nancy J. (Bennage) Ard, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage in August, their three children, Alan and wife, Kyle, Tim and wife, Eileen, and the late Louise Adams; Ray was blessed with eight grandchildren, Gregory and wife, Samantha, Ryan, Leah, Danielle, Justin, Kiara and husband, Andrew, Ethan, and Holden; and one great-grandchild, Gavin; and his sister, Mary Lou Miller and husband, Johnson, of Mifflinburg.
Ray resided at the family farm in Lewisburg since 1962, enjoying his love of family, the land, and nature. Whether it was his award-winning swine breeding operation or his exemplary dairy operation, Ray’s passion was farming and working the land. In 1991, Ray, along with Nancy and Alan, built Ard’s Farm Market.
Ray was an avid hunter, fisherman, and marksman, always being watched for the secrets of his success. Ray was a founding member of the Buffalo Valley Sportsman’s Club, a member of the Rugged Mountain Hunting Club, and a previous member of Lehman Lake Rod & Gun Club. Ray served as a hunter education instructor for many years as well.
He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church for over 40 years, serving on the Church Council, teaching Sunday school, lector, greeter, and many other committees.
Ray also enjoyed participating in sports in his younger years, and later enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in a variety of sports.
Services for Ray will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 2349 Old Turnpike Road, Lewisburg. Fellowship and viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs., April 5, and from 10 a.m. to noon Friday. A noon service at the church will follow the viewing. A meal will be served at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ray’s memory may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 2349 Old Turnpike Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
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Funeral arrangements are by the Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.
Harold C. “Dupsey” Beaver
Harold C. “Dupsey” Beaver, 83, of County Line Road, Winfield passed away at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove, where he had lived for the past seven weeks.
He was born May 9, 1928 in Union Township, Union County, a son of the late Jerome and Isabelle (Motter) Beaver. His death breaks a marital union to the former Betty Jane Bishop, who survives
Harold was a 1946 graduate of Selinsgrove high school.
Earlier in his life he was employed as a truck driver. He retired as a foreman with PennDOTafter 36 years of service, working out of Union County.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Kratzerville.
Earlier in life he enjoyed hunting and fishing. More recently he was a NASCAR fan, and enjoyed watching polka dancing on television.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy D. and John Swink Jr., of Winfield, and Karen R. and David Leitzel, of New Berlin; five grandchildren and spouses, Christine and Randy Rice, Wesley and Stephanie Splitt, Emily Splitt, John Swink III, and Jennifer and Eric VanHorn; four great-grandchildren, Hailey and Faith Rice, Keira and Evan Splitt; one great-great-grandson, Jase Rice; one sister, Betty Rine, of Selinsgrove, and one brother, Thomas Beaver, of Winfield.
Funeral services were held Mon., April 2, at the V. L. Seebold Funeral Home, 610 N. High St., Selinsgrove. The Rev. Breen Marie Sipes officiating.
Private burial was held on Tuesday at Guyer ‘Dry Valley’ Cemetery, Winfield.
Contributions in Harold’s memory may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Route 204, Selinsgrove PA 17870.
Dallas M. Snook
Dallas M. Snook, 89, formerly of Kissimmee Road, Middleburg passed away at 3 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Rolling Hills Manor, Millmont.
He was born Nov. 3, 1922, in Benfer, a son of the late Irvin P. and Orpha (Lose) Snook. He was married to the former Leona J. Stetler, who preceded him in death on Dec. 6, 2004.
Dallas was a 1940 graduate of Middleburg High School.
He was the first full-time employee at Kreamer Feed and retired in 1984 after more than 30 years of service. In 1940, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He also served as a constable in Middlecreek.
He was a member of First United Church of Christ, Middleburg, a life member of the Kreamer Sportsmen’s Club, where he served as president, and a member of the Kreamer Fire Company, where he served as president.
Dallas was an avid hunter and later in life enjoyed golfing, roller skating and biking.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, M. Douglas and Sharon Snook, of Milton, and Roger L. and Anita Snook, of Middleburg; three daughters and sons-in-law, Darla J. and Larry Drick, of Middleburg, Bonita L. and M. Ronald Shupe, of Dover, Pa., and Tina S. and Roy Fern, of New Berlin; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; numerous stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Ellen Mitchell, of Harrisburg, and Thelma Knepp, of Chicago.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred Bailey, Dorothy Aumiller and Anna Mae Knepp, and eight brothers, Arthur, Paul, John, Gordon, Harry, Clair, Stanford and Wilmer Snook.
Funeral services were held Sat., March 31, at First United Church of Christ, 8671 Route 522, Middleburg. The Rev. Joseph Lingenfelter and the Rev. James Gold officiated.
Burial was in Glendale Cemetery, Middleburg.
Contributions in Dallas’ memory may be made to First United Church of Christ, 8671 Route 522, Middleburg, PA 17842, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were by the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg.
Betty J. Shively
Betty J. Shively, 86, of Arnold Road, New Columbia passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Kramm Health and Rehabilitation Center, Milton.
She was born Jan. 27, 1926, in Millmont, a daughter of the late Elmer H. and Virgie M. (Rearick) Beaver.
Betty had worked for Philco, Zenith and Kramm Nursing Home in Watsontown.
She was a former member of the Ramblers Club.
Betty enjoyed painting and spending time with her family.
She is survived by five daughters and sons-in-law, Mae L. and Timothy Halye, of New Columbia, Gordenia J. Snyder, of Muncy, Kay and Robert Nace, of Allenwood, Joann Shively, of Allenwood, and Vicky and Joe Golder, of Hughesville; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Judith Ann Shively and Virginia L. Shively; one grandson, Jeffrey Snyder; one son-in-law, Lloyd Snyder; one sister, Geraldine Feaster; and three brothers, Palmer Beaver, Russell Beaver and Harold Beaver.
Funeral services were held Mon., April 2, at the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton. The Rev. Butch Woolsey officiated.
Burial was in Old Cedar Cemetery, Swengel.
John A. Geiswite Sr.
John A. Geiswite Sr., 80, of 206 S. Second St., Lewisburg passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.
He was born Nov. 23, 1931, in Winfield, a son of the late Wesley F. and Blanche I. (Straub) Geiswite. On Dec. 2, 1955, he married the former Lorena M. Bardole. They celebrated 55 years of marriage before her death on April 24, 2011.
John was a veteran of the Air Force.
After holding various positions, he retired from Milton Manufacturing. Following retirement, he worked in the laundry facilities at Evangelical Community Hospital.
He was a Christian.
John was a member of Kratzer-Dull American Legion Post 182.
Earlier in life, he enjoyed geology, hunting and fishing. John also liked to find and take pertinent information to the Union County Historical Society. In addition, he could be found taking country rides, painting or riding his scooter.
Surviving are three sons and one daughter-in-law, John Geiswite Jr. and Barry Geiswite, both of Lewisburg, and Scott and Julia Geiswite, of Mifflinburg; two daughters and one son-in-law, Carol and Corey Kratzer, of Mifflinburg, and Patricia Miller, of Lewisburg; one sister, Emma Fertig, of Lewisburg; 12 grandchildren, Derek Geiswite, John, Tara and Melissa Englehardt, Jennifer Shrawder, Brandy, Casey and Shelby White, Lewis and Abigail Hughes and Justina and Stacey Geiswite; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Bill and Russell Geiswite, and one sister, Ruth Fisher.
Funeral services were held Fri., March 30, at the Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, South Second and St. Louis streets, Lewisburg. Pastor Larry C. Keiser, of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene, Montandon, officiated.
Burial with full military honors followed in Winfield Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Union County Unit, 57 Reitz Blvd. Suite 102, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com.
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