BOLIVAR — MORROW – Ralph Homer, Bolivar, left this life unexpectedly on his 54th birthday, Dec. 8, 2012, while working in Portland, Ind. Born at Mercy Hospital in Johnstown, and grew up in New Florence. In 1977, he graduated from Laurel Valley High School. He left July 21, with his friend Jeff “Knuppie” Knupp, for basic training at Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Ill. Homer served six years, mostly on the USS Nashville as a fireman hull tech, where he traveled around the world. He was a jack-of-all trades who proudly worked many blue-collar positions during the years. His employment was with Laurel Ridge Land Clearing as a laborer. Homer was a hard-working Irish lad, who loved his family, friends and country beyond words. Some of his passions included living life “his” way, rock-n-roll music with bass blasting, dancing with his eyes closed, shooting pool with pals, taking it personal when the Steelers lose or chewing the rag with anyone about the government, sports, conspiracy theories or just about anything. He would drop what he’s doin’ to help a friend or stranger. He was bigger than life and a hopeless romantic. Rock on sweet Bro. We’ll miss you. Homer is preceded in death by beloved parents, Ray and Adeleine (Boring) Morrow; maternal grandparents, Bill and Lorena (Leary) Boring; paternal grandparents, Ura (Rupert) “Morrow” and Frank Shipley; brother, Richard Morrow; and an infant brother. Survived by children, Alicia Mae Morrow, Seward; Ralph Rayburn Morrow, and fiancee, Ashley, Southmont; and Conner Steven Boring, Rimersburg; grandson, Triston Bruce Xavier Howe, Seward; siblings, June Peffer and Joan Bothell, Creekside; Burnie Morrow, Zephyrhills, Fla.; Char, and hubby, Kim Boring, New Florence; Elana “Lynnie,” and hubby, John Kot, Jackson Township; and Van T. Morrow, New Florence; great-aunt, Odeal Leary, Lehigh Acres, Fla.; uncle, Dean, and aunt, Doris Boring, Trona, Calif.; aunt, Patty Long, New Florence; aunt, Gladys Howard, Johnstown; and special friend, Catherine. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence, the Rev. William Pieringer, officiating. Future inurnment at Fairfield Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com.
- District Deaths April 24, 2014
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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