Blair E. Yorks

THOMPSONTOWN – Blair E. Yorks, 89, of Thompsontown, died at 12:25 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Bridges at Brookline, Mifflintown.

Born on June 6, 1924, in Fayette Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Cloyd and Rebecca (Miller) Yorks. On Dec. 28, 1946, he married his surviving wife, Sarah Evelyn (Swartz) Yorks, with whom he shared more than 67 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his children, John E. Yorks and his wife, Dorothy, of Mifflin, Blair M. Yorks Sr. and his wife, Russalee, of Mifflintown, Sara Maxine Mathieu, of Thompsontown; six grandchildren, John Yorks Jr., Tina Kint, Melissa Kitting, Blair Yorks Jr., Randy Zeigler and Angie Walters; 14 great-grandchildren, Andi Marie Yorks, Shelby Yorks, Dalton Yorks, Kyle Kint, Shane Kint, Alyssa Flaherty, Megan Armstrong, Brooke Kitting, Nevin Yorks, Owen Yorks, Korinne Walters, Blake Walters, Shelby Hollobaugh and Shianne Bender; and one great-great- granddaughter, Alexandria Hockenberry.

He was the last of his generation, having been preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.

Blair was a member of the McAlisterville United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees and, along with his wife, served as the church custodian. He also was a former member of the Lost Creek Trout Club.

Mr. Yorks proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

In earlier life, he was employed as a truck driver for Savercool Trucking, Millerstown, and later, until his retirement, worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Mifflintown.

Being an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. He was a true sports fan who loved all sports, especially baseball and professional wrestling. However, his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville, with the Rev. Edward D’Agostino and Pastor Ronald Shupe officiating. After the service, interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery, where the Juniata County Veterans Council will accord full military burial honors.

A viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. with family present to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Mr. Yorks’ memory may be made to the Lewistown Home Health and Hospice: The Bridge, 305 Fourth St., Pleasant Acres, Lewistown, PA 17044.

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