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Obituaries

William ‘Bill Bumper’ A. Laird

William “Bill Bumper” A. Laird passed away on Tuesday, November 19,2019, at the William Penn Nursing Home, four months after celebrating his 101stbirthday. His wife of 61 years, Martha G. Laird, died in 2002. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia G. Knorr and her husband Sam, daughter Lou ...

June E. Decker

June E. Decker, 92, of Bellefonte, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 18, 2019, at the home of her daughter. Born Jan. 23, 1927, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Stella (Shingler) Hannon. On May 2, 1951, she married George G. Decker, who preceded her in death on Jan. ...

Phyllis J. Dickson

Phyllis J. Dickson, 95, of Lewistown, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at Valley View Haven. Born March 2, 1924 in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late William B. and Margaret (Hammond) Hockenberry. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert L. Dickson in 2001 and three ...

Oprha Lou Kane

Oprha Lou Kane, 88, of Clearfield, went to be with Jesus surrounded by her loving family on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Orpha Lou was born Aug. 12, 1931, in McVeytown, the daughter of Russell E. and Millie (Rupert) Stine. She was a graduate of McVeytown High School and had attended Juniata ...

Galen E. Varner

Galen E. Varner, 71, of Lewistown, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at his home. Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn, is in charge of arrangements, which will be announced upon completion.

Robert R. “Bob” Rager

Robert R. “Bob” Rager, 85, of McClure, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. Born April 2, 1934, in Lewistown, he was the son of the late Ranzel B. and Mary G. (Rabenstein) Rager. He is survived by: his wife, Helen (Houser) Rager, who he married in 1954; ...

Pearl E. Murphy

Pearl E. Murphy, 93, of Lewistown, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Born April 20, 1926, in Burnham, she was a daughter of the late Samuel H. and Minnie (Young) Miller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband, Herman H. Murphy Sr., who passed in 1975; sons, ...

Gary L. Kibe Sr.

Gary L. Kibe Sr. 77, of Reedsville, passed away Friday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2019, at the Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. Born April 27, 1942 in Lewistown, he was a son of the late Harvey Jay and Irene C. (Wagner) Kibe. His wife, Sheryl A. (Gilbert) Kibe, preceded him in death in 2002. Surviving ...

Sgt James Dennis Reese Jr.

MSgt (USAF, ret.) James Dennis Reese Jr., 83, of Moon Twp, died on Nov. 4, 2019 in Clearwater, Florida. He was born in Reedsville on Nov. 6, 1935, the son of the late James D. and Catherine (Weakland) Reese and graduated from Derry Township High School Class of 1953. He served 23 years and 6 ...

Edith M. Yocum

Edith M. Yocum (Kling), 90, of Staunton, Va., formerly of Reedsville, was surrounded by family as she went home to be with the Lord at 10:54 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Born May 15, 1929, in Lewistown, she was a daughter of the late George E. Kling and Ida Pauline Kling (Earnest) and ...