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Obituaries Week of July 28, 2011
Jul 29, 2011 - 12:39:43 PM

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Walter E. “Bud” Lewis
    Walter E. “Bud” Lewis, 75, formerly of 736 E. Front St., Danville, and a resident of RiverWoods, Lewisburg, since March following an automobile accident, entered into eternal rest after being surrounded by kisses and comforting words from his entire family at 8:18 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
    He was born March 29, 1936, in Danville, a son of the late Edward and Elvira (Dawson) Lewis.
    Bud honorably served in the Air Force.
    He was employed at Girton Manufacturing, Millville, until he retired in 2000. Bud continued working through 2010 at Giant Foods, Danville.
    Bud was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Danville, Danville Elks Lodge 754 and Danville American Legion Post 40.
    He was a true Philadelphia Phillies and Penn State football fan. Bud could always be seen at Danville football games with his beloved brother, Charlie. When basketball season arrived, he was always attending Mifflinburg boys basketball games to support his only grandson, Dustin, and could often be heard bragging about his games for days after.
    His greatest accomplishment in life was the unconditional love he had for his daughter, Kathy, and grandchildren, Kristy and Dustin. Bud’s gift of strong family values and beautiful memories will be held by them forever. Bud wore his titles of “dad” and “pap” very proudly.
    Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Rick Botts, of Mifflinburg; one granddaughter, Kristy Botts and her fiance, Jerry Starks, of Mifflinburg; one grandson, Dustin Botts, of Mifflinburg; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Jan Lewis, of Sunbury, Charlie and Helen Lewis, of Danville, Harry and Carol Lewis, of Danville, Jerry and Cathy Lewis, of Middleburg, Richard and Beth Lewis, of Danville, and Terry and Nancy Lewis, of Winfield; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ethel and Bud Edwards, of Sunbury, Mary and Dave Eichenlaub, of Selinsgrove, and Vickie and Glenn Eberhart, of Winfield; and many nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by one brother, Kenny Lewis.
    Funeral services were conducted Tues., July 26, at the Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg. The Rev. Wayne S. Krell officiated.
    Burial was in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.
    Memorial contributions may be made to RiverWoods, E Wing, 3201 River Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837, for all its loving care.

J. Verne Coontz
    J. Verne Coontz, 93, of 2275 Upper Brush Valley Road, Centre Hall entered into rest at 2:05 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2011, at Fairways at Brookline, State College.
    The family is being assisted by the Schwartz-Adamo Funeral and Cremation Services, Mifflinburg.

Wilbur E. Welch
    Wilbur E. Welch, 76, of Spring Mills, passed from this life on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College.
    He was born in Jersey Shore, a son of the late Earl and Eva Bowmaster Scheesley Welch.  On April 29, 1956,  Wilbur married the love of his life, Gloria Tyson who survives at their home in Spring Mills.
    Wilbur served his country from 1952 to 1956 in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. New Jersey during the Korean Conflict.
    He attended the West End Bible Fellowship Church and was a life member of the Millheim American Legion Post 444.
    Wilbur enjoyed spending time with his family.   
    In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Tammi Welch, of Twin Lakes, Wis., and Chris and Karen Welch, of Virginia Beach, Va.; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Caylie Holloway, of Ingleside, Texas, Sue and Tom Vance, of Millmont, Polly Welch, of Boalsburg, and Doris and Tom Alterio, of Aaronsburg; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Young, Sandy Young and Jane Bartley; and last but not least his faithful canine companion “George.”  
    Wilbur was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Haleigh Faye Woodring, and two sisters, Carol Shaw and Rae June Shoemaker.     
    A memorial gathering for Wilbur was held Sat., July 23, at the West End Bible Fellowship Church. Pastor Richard DeVett officiated.  
    In accordance with family wishes, Wilbur will be laid to rest at a later date.  
    Contributions in memory of Wilbur may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.  
    The Steven R. Neff Funeral Home, Millheim  assisted the family with the arrangements.

Joseph R. Stacey
    Joseph R. Stacey, 85, formerly of Sassafras Street, Beavertown passed away at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at Holidaysburg Veterans Home.
    He was born Jan. 14, 1926, in Altoona, a son of the late Joseph M. and Eleanor (Curvan) Stacey.
    He attended Altoona area schools and also served in the Marine Corps from 1944-1946 during World War II.
    Joseph was previously employed by the Beavertown Weaving Mill.
    In his spare time he enjoyed repairing and working on small engines and also playing the organ.
    He is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph Jr. and Judy Stacey, of Mifflinburg, Gary and Connie Stacey, of Maryland, Richard and Linda Stacey, of Altoona, Robert and Ginney Stacey, of Beech Creek, and John and Donna Stacey, of Middlecreek; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lucinda (Arbogast) and Dan Goss, of McClure, Emily and Jerry Bishop, of McClure, and Melissa and Steve Zechman, of Middleburg; 22 grandchildren, Ruth Markley, Jodi Bare, Lynn Brown, Becky Kennedy, Krissy Barsoum, Michael Stacey,  Brian Stacey, Lisa Stroup, Kim Packer, Tammy Prentiss, Bobbi Jo Hummel, Jennifer Glossner, Jamie Stacey, Jeff Stacey, Brandon Stacey, David Arbogast, Bobbi Landis, Christa Dressler, J.J. Bishop, Jaylene Shawver, Stacey Zechman and Nick Zechman; 51 great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.
    Joseph was preceded in death by one grandson, Tommy Stacey.
    Services were private.
    Burial took place in Troxelville Union Cemetery.
    Arrangements were by the Pheasant Funeral Home, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown.

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