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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Lawrence E. Coy
COY – Lawrence E., 89, Connellsville, Pa., formerly of Johnstown and Somerset, died April 21, 2014, at home.
DRINOSKY – Eugene, 80, Portage, entered eternal rest April 21, 2014, peacefully at home.
George Felix Jr.
FELIX – George Jr., 87, Alum Bank, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Colonial Courtyard in Bedford.
Mary C. Keilman
KEILMAN – Mary C., 62, Ebensburg, born March 26, 1952, in Nanty Glo, died April 21, 2014, at home.
Barbara A. (Geiser) Knapp
KNAPP – Barbara A. (Geiser), 79, Johnstown, passed away April 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
SINCAK – Michael, of Hollsopple, loving son, brother, husband and friend to all, passed away peacefully April 10, 2014.
Richard J. McAndrews Jr.
McANDREWS – Richard J. Jr. “Jimbo,” 57, Windber, passed away after a 2-year-battle with cancer April 22, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Kathleen Mae Speicher
SPEICHER – Kathleen Mae, 48, Conemaugh Township, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Julia J. (Gresh) Voeghtly
VOEGHTLY – Julia J. (Gresh), 74, Johnstown, passed away peacefully April 21, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Palliative Care Unit.
Ruth M. Ziemba
ZIEMBA – Ruth M., 84, Cover Hill, formerly of Park Hill, went to be with the Lord April 4, 2014, at LaurelWood Care Center.
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Georgia R. Brown
BROWN – Georgia R., 90, Lincoln Highway, Bedford, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her home.
John R. Franko Jr.
FRANKO – John R. Jr. “Bunko,” 72, Conemaugh, died April 20, 2014, at home.
Dorothy Mae Gillman
GILLMAN – Dorothy Mae, 93, Mount Hope, went to be with her Lord April 22, 2014.
Hulda Elmira Heslop
HESLOP – Hulda Elmira, 95, formerly of Ferndale and New Paris, died April 21, 2014, at Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Jean M. Holtz
HOLTZ – Jean M., 82, Hastings, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 21, 2014, at Golden Living-HAIDA.
Margaret Gloria Marsh
MARSH – Margaret Gloria, born Dec. 28, 1927, was called to her heavenly home April 19, 2014.
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Wayne R. Bailey
BAILEY – Wayne R., 53, South Fork, passed away unexpectedly on Good Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home.
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