JOHNSTOWN — STRAYER – Richard A., “Dick,” 85, Johnstown, owner of the former Skateland, died Oct. 25, 2013. He was born in Windber on June 24, 1928, son of the late Kenneth and Christianna (Beaner) Strayer. Dick leaves his loving wife and best friend of 64 years, former Irene Mesteller; son, Richard II, and wife, Terri; daughter, Cathy Kassick, both of Colorado; and grandchildren, Brandon Kassick, Taryn and Dustin Strayer. Brother of Kenneth, Florida; Norma Kirby, Oklahoma; and Jean Ann Brooke, Texas. Also sister-in-law, Maggie Johnson, who was a great help and caregiver; brother-in-law, Julius Mesteller, and his wife, Emma, and families; a special nephew, Gary Johnson, and his wife, Pam; and great-nephew, Jason Johnson, and wife, Klang Yai, and family. Dick was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, and he served in the Army during the Korean War as a medic and received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He was a kind, hard-working man and lived a generous, simple and honest life, and helped and influenced many people who came in contact with him. He bids a fond farewell to all his family and special friends, Brenda, Keith, Kory, Jenn and all the Barclays, also to his good neighbors, Shane and Karen Cruse and Cory and Karen Clites. Dick also would like to give a special thank you to all who supported Skateland through the many years. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., 921 Menoher Blvd., where service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Robert Abarno, officiating. Entombment Grandview Mausoleum. (ptbmortuary.com)
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Jerry Sheldon Berkebile
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Phyllis J. Burkhard
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FABRIZIO – John, 88, Geistown, died April 18, 2014, at the Lutheran Home.
Homer E. Hillegas
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Florence R. Homer
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Ronald Glenn Lester
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Dora Marie Bufagna
BUFAGNA – Dora Marie, 87, Armagh, passed away peacefully April 16, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Doris Marjorie Cooper
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Rose Mary (Delegram) Tripodi
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Zachary Gordon Alan Andrews
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Ray H. Clites
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Beverly J. Hoover
HOOVER – Beverly J., 75, Johnstown, was received into heaven April 16, 2014.
Joseph Samuel Kuhar Jr.
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Charles M. Lambert
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Betty L. Lydic
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Stella A. Ponchek
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