Charles Olen Smouse, 84

Charles Olen Smouse, 84, of Nelson’s Golden Years and Route 119, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital after a short illness.

Born on May 21, 1929, to Helen (Berkhouse) and Olen Smouse, Chuck grew up on the family farm in Cloe, Pennsylvania.

After graduating from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1947, he entered the Air Force and served 6 years as a jet mechanic as a staff sergeant.

His service took him to South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and overseas to England.

On May 16, 1953, he married Marcella Ann LaBance, of Anita, in the Adrian Roman Catholic Church.

She preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 1996.

During his life, Chuck was employed at the Chevrolet Plant in Buffalo, N.Y.; Jeffers Electronics in DuBois; and the Standard Pennant Company in Big Run, where he was the plant manager until his retirement in 1996.

Chuck was a kind and gentle man, full of good humor, always ready to help anyone.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, camping, dogs, Western movies, a good meal and coffee on the porch swing.

He was down-to-earth, unpretentious and lived almost 85 years without making an enemy.

He will be missed and remembered.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. (John) Linda Blosh and Carol Smouse; a brother, Ramond (Clementina) Smouse; a sister, Leah Grace Pifer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcella; a son, David; his parents; sisters Sarah and Alberta; and half-brother Isaac Bearfield.

The family suggests donations be made to any local veterans organization of the donor’s choice.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at
the Leo Nedza Funeral Home in Sykesville.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at the funeral home with Father Matias Quimno officiating.

Burial will take place at Adrian-Anita Cemetery in Anita.

Military Honors will be accorded by The Jefferson County Veterans Honor Guard.