Archive - Obituary
June 15th, 2014
Ruth Organ, 98, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at
Laurelbrooke Landing in Brookville.
She was born Jan. 29, 1916, in Sugarhill, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Jay Merton and Florence Eleanor (Blight) Steele.
On April 22, 1938, she married James Alexander Organ III, who preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1992.
Ruth was a member of the St. Peters United Church of Christ for 70 years.
Mrs. Organ and her husband, Jim, founded Bells Mills Trading Post, Inc., which pioneered propane gas business in Jefferson County.
Jack Robert Kromer, 84, of Covode, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at home.
He was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Daniel and Isabella (Nichols) Kromer.
Mr. Kromer was a United States Army veteran, having served during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam prior to his retirement.
On Oct. 12, 1950, he married the former Anna Isabelle Engle. She survives.
After retirement, he started an auto repair garage, where he enjoyed working on cars, tractors and mowers.
He enjoyed watching and feeding wildlife around his home.
Robert Lee Coulter, 62, of Coolspring, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at home.
He was born Aug. 6, 1951, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late William Wayne and Frances Lucille (Burkett) Coulter.
Mr. Coulter served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
On Oct. 15, 1983, he married Robin Dianne Ishman. She survives.
Bob worked as a foreman for Penn Line Service, Inc.
He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting.
His grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Roby Junior Grose, 83, of Big Run, died Friday, June 13, 2014, at home.
He was born Sept. 9, 1930, in Crumpler, West Virginia, the son of the late Roby and Kathleen Letha (Hager) Grose.
He was Protestant by faith.
On June 6, 1953, he married Ruby Jean London. She preceded him in death on Feb. 15, 1986.
He then married Sharon Leone (Bausch) Derise on May 26, 1990. She survives.
Mr. Grose previously worked as the Jefferson County Conservation District manager; he was also a New York Life Insurance agent, but at heart, he was a dairy and beef farmer.
Robert W. Mayes, 69, passed away on May 30, 2014, at Good Shepherd Hospice from his battle with cancer.
Born in Punxsutawney in 1944, he moved to Lakeland in 1986, where he worked as a heavy machinery mechanic and retired from FME.
After retiring, he took up gardening and created a beautiful landscape paradise where many have gathered to enjoy its beauty.
His other love was golf. He enjoyed playing with his buddies at Cleveland Heights Golf Course.
He was of the Baptist faith.
Mary L. Anderson, 81, Rossiter, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
She was born Nov. 26, 1932, in Porter Township, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Myers) Boozer.
In 1953, she married Charles Anderson, Jr., who preceded her in death.
She attended Ss. Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.
She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics, puzzle books, reading romance novels, and she was a member of the Book Nook.
She retired as a nurseâ€™s aide for Blose-McGregor Healthcare.
Harold O. "Hud" Wetzel, 90, of New Castle, passed away the afternoon of June 3, 2014, at Jameson Hospital.
Born Jan. 21, 1924, in Rossiter, Pa., he was a son of Ray and Mildred Cessna Wetzel.
Surviving at home is his wife of 30 years, Helen Waite Wetzel, whom he married Jan. 5, 1984.
Hud served his country in the Army as a sergeant with the 702nd Tank Destroyer Battalion, receiving the Purple Heart.
He was employed as a heavy equipment operator with Medure's Sand Company.
Edna L. Shaum, 89, Oliveburg, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Penn Highlands Healthcare, DuBois.
She was born June 29, 1923, in Gaskill Township, a daughter of the late Grover C. and Larue (Cassiday) Rhoads.
She was married to Oscar Dee Shaum, who preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 2009.
She was a member of the Oliveburg Presbyterian Church.
She was a former employee of Stewarts Drug Store.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Mary Jordan of Oliveburg, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Raymond E. Raybuck, 75, of Kissimmee, Florida, formerly of Indiana, Pa., quietly passed away on May 4, 2014, due to complications from pneumonia and COPD.
He was born June 21, 1938, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Paul H. and Helen Mary (Sadler) Raybuck.
His mother survives and resides at the DuBois Village.
On Sept. 7, 1979, he married the former Deborah A. Vennard in Homer City. She survives.
Ray proudly served in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers for 11-1/2 years, serving three tours in Vietnam.
He was a member of the First Army Pistol Team, where he won several awards.
Amber R. Ratay, 28, Punxsutawney, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at home.
She was born Nov. 18, 1985, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Russell G. and Renda (Plyler) London.
She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Walston.
She was a graduate of Punxsutawney Christian School.
She was a shift manager at McDonaldâ€™s.