The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


August 21, 2006

Obituaries 08/22/2006

ADAMS - Gordon James

ADAMS - Gordon James, 82, of Ellwood City, was called to the Lord on Aug. 21, 2006. Born on Aug. 24, 1923, in Johnstown, the son of the late Marie Malzi Adams and Paul Adams. He was married for 52 years to the late Mary Ellen Campbell Adams. Mr. Adams was a graduate of Johnstown Catholic High School and attended Citadel College in North Carolina. He was a member of Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart after he was wounded in the invasion of Normandy. He was a regional sales manager for Sterling Radiator Co., from which he retired in 1986. He enjoyed tennis, golf and winter vacations in Florida. In addition to his wife and parents, his brother, Paul Adams, and sister, Dorothy Long, preceded Gordon in death. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, James and Roberta Adams of Ellwood City; three daughters and sons-in-laws: Jane and Michael Crackovich of Hopwood, Pa.; Patty and Paul Melvin of Charleston, W.Va.; and Carol and Mike Miller of Lafayette, Ind.; a brother, John Adams; and three sisters: Ruth Widmann, Joan Hall and Alice Hughes, all of Johnstown. He also leaves behind 16 grandchildren. Friends and relatives will be received on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Marshall's Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24, at noon, at Holy Redeemer Church in Ellwood City. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Ellwood City.

ALTEMUS - William D.

ALTEMUS - William D., 72, Armagh, went to be with the Lord Aug. 21, 2006, at home. Born July 1, 1934, in Brush Valley, the son of the late Charles E. and Mabel (Hileman) Altemus. Also preceded in death by father-in-law and mother-in-law, Craig L. Sr. and Margaret Fry; brothers, Clyde, who was killed in action in New Guinea in 1943, and Charles "Chick" Altemus; sisters, Nancy Wida and Vera Douglas. Survived by wife of 48 years, Gretchen (Fry) Altemus; daughters, Krystine, wife of Gerald Botteicher, Armagh; and Billi Jo, wife of Dan Jorgenson, Clarksburg; special little granddaughter, Bella Capri "Farmer" Botteicher; sisters, Elizabeth "Libby" Miller, Wilmore; Frances Poore, Raleigh, N.C.; Jean, wife of Dick Tomb, Pittsburgh; Edward "Dick" Altemus, Brush Valley; Don Altemus, and wife, Rose, Armagh; sister-in-law, Agnes Altemus, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill enjoyed spending many years with his wife and daughters showing horses along the eastern U.S. Member of Inter-State Horse Show Association, American Saddlebred Horse Association and lifetime member of Virginia Horse Show Association. Shareholder of the Westmoreland County Fair Association. Bill will be remembered as a "workaholic." He retired with 20 years of service at both Mobil Oil and Felmont/Cabot Gas -- Oil, plus he worked at several other trucking companies. Bill enjoyed hauling livestock for several local farmers. Member of Armagh United Methodist Church. Graduate of United Joint High School, Class of 1953. Honorable discharge, U.S. Army veteran of Korean era. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Richard C. Stuart Funeral Home, Armagh, and from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Armagh United Methodist Church, the Rev. John W. Hodge officiating. Interment, Armagh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of Armagh United Methodist Church, Armagh, Pa. 15920.

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