Sunday, July 8, 2012


Reading back over the two newsletters posted on this blogspot, I grew sad to realize how many of our members have passed away in this seven-year time-period.  Even though our reunion is in the competent hands of my niece Vicki Erdley, I still miss my sister Eleanor Kinnan, who served as the president for at least 14 years. Her health took a turn for the worse, and she passed away in 2005 from complications of diabetes. I really miss her.

Today I changed the format.  I thought we needed a new look on an old site. The color was orange and white, but now I have changed it to blue and green, which are very soothing.  Hope you like the new look.

 I have produced a newsletter ever since my sister Eleanor took over the helm and that same year my husband Jack volunteered to do the first one (that lasted about one time).  We were at a point that we took a vote to decide if we wanted to continue the Barefoot Reunion because no one was interested in leading.  That's when Ele stepped up and said she would serve.  I live too far away from Windber, PA, and have never been interested in  that position, but I am a good support person.  I prepare the newsletter and do the treasury. I am thankful that we have willing officers, and we have a decent attendance, good food, an exciting auction, and nice tributes to those who have died as well as a business meeting.  We appreciate those who attend the reunion and make contributions of service and money, plus it makes us happy to see some of the younger ones take over some of the tasks.  Tomorrow, July 9, 2012, I will celebrate my 70th birthday. One of these days I will pass these jobs onto someone younger, and I hope the reunion thrives and the Barefoots will still gather on a hot day in August to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends.                               Posted by Sylvia (Hott) Sonneborn

Friday, September 18, 2009

2005 "Barefoot Bulletin" the newsletter of the Barefoot Reunion Association

Table of Contents

Minutes of the 87th Barefoot Reunion...................1
President's Message (Eleanor Kinnan)...................2
Tribute to Retiring Officers - E. Kinnan & B. Barefoot.3
Prizes for 2004......................................4&5
Barefoot Photos........................................6
Barefoot Obituaries for 2004, etc. ...............7 - 10
Social News........................................10-12
Candids...........................................15, 17
Ancestor Spotlight Batha Ling.....................18-19
The James and Mary (Sleek/Slick) Barefoot Photos......20
Afghan Winner - Dale McLaughlin....................22-23
Solomon Hammer Look Alike - Bob Hott..................24
Letter from the Editory Sylvia Sonneborn..............24
Treasurer's Report, Sylvia Sonneboen, treas...........25

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Early 1900 Barefoot Reunion Group Photo

Barefoot Reunion Photo, taken in the early 1900’s. Original owned by Clair Mock. He recalls the picture being taken but cannot find himself on the photo. Back in the woods are some old cars.

Minutes of the 2005 Barefoot Reunion


Published by Barefoot Reunion Association
Volume No. 8, Issue 1
June 2006

WHEN: AUGUST 6, 2006


Please bring a covered dish to share and your own tableware. For our fundraiser, please donate a craft, baked goods, or white elephant for the auction. (Limit of 5 items per family.)
We also pass the hat for donations. There is also a cake guess.
Swimming is available at a $1.00 discount .
Come enjoy fun and fellowship.

Successful 88th Reunion - Minutes

President Eleanor Kinnan and her brother Gerald Robert Hott. This would be Eleanor's last year as president of the Barefoot Reunion.

Presiding at the 2005 meeting of the Barefoot Reunion Association was President Eleanor Kinnan. The officers for 2005 were as follows:
Eleanor Kinnan – President
Mike Barefoot – Vice President
Sylvia Sonneborn – Treasurer/Editor
Bobbie Woodley – Recording Secretary
Jack Sonneborn – Corresponding Secretary

Business Meeting:

The meeting opened at 2:00 with the Pledge of Allegiance, conducted by Tim Barefoot.
“The Star Spangled Banner” was sung by Aubrey Erdley.
We held a moment of silent meditation after the reading of deceased members by Betsy Hawthorne.

Betsy Hawthorne reads the list of deceased members while the late President Eleanor Kinnan and Treasurer Sylvia Sonneborn sit at officers’ table.

Next was the reading of 2004 minutes by Bobbie Woodley, secretary.
Motion to accept minutes made by Betsy Hawthorne, seconded by Jane Cauffiel
Reading of Treasurer’s Report by Sylvia Sonneborn. Received since June 2005 $315.00 in donations. Motion made to accept treasurer’s report.

Business Meeting con’t.:
Motion to give $50.00 donation to band (HTAF/Dave Burns) made by Dorothy Barefoot, seconded by Mike Barefoot

Request for a $100.00 donation to Cemetery Association @ Pleasantville Cemetery/Bob Felton, caretaker.
Motion to donate made by Betsy Hawthorne, seconded by Carol Saylor Scott

Motion to make an amendment to the above, made by Jim Strange, seconded by Mike Barefoot. Motion passed.
Eleanor Kinnan, our president, has decided to step down for health reasons.
Mike Barefoot agreed to take over as president.

New Officers:
Mike Barefoot – President
Vicki Erdley – Vice President
Sylvia Sonneborn – Treasurer/Editor
Bobbie Woodley – Recording Secretary
Heather Lamer – Corresponding Secretary

Mike Barefoot of Boiling Springs, PA, is the new president of the Barefoot Reunion Association. Here he chats with the outgoing president Eleanor Kinnan.

Bille Ann Huff and Vicki Erdley won door prizes.


Oldest Man – Clair Mock
Oldest Woman – Ruth Strayer
Youngest Child – Jeremiah Yeager
Traveled the Farthest – Mark Hott
Most Recently Married – Jeremiah and Corinna Yeager
Longest Married – John and June Hammer

Cake won by Jesse Lamer
Candy Guess by Mike Barefoot

Betsy Hawthorne will reserve Sequoia @ Windber Park for 2006.
The president expressed appreciation for Dorothy Barefoot and daughter Penny Espenshade, who organized the food brought for lunch.
Mark Hott will provide information about his grandmother Elizabeth Mae Krise Hott at the next reunion.
Dave Burns and band HTAF will perform again.
Ashley Hott will be in charge of prizes.
Bobbie Woodley will be in charge of the auction.

Motion to adjourn meeting was made by Gail Prave, seconded by Sylvia Sonneborn.

Getting Acquainted with our Relatives:
Donna Everhart presented an introduction to her dad, Clair Mock, who was present. Clair celebrated his 100th birthday on July 24, 2005. He did something he always wanted to do, ride a Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
Clair was born July 24, 1905, the son of Wilson Decker and Idella Catherine Barefoot Mock. Idella is the daughter of Espy and Annetta (Emerick) Barefoot, and Espy is the son of William S. and Dianne (Heck) Barefoot.
Clair lived in Spruce Hollow. He was a self-taught mechanic; and he worked on the farm and loved gardening. He worked for Sealtest Dairy, retiring in 1972.
Clair now lives at Colonial Courtyard; he walks 3 miles a day, takes no medicine.
He does take 2 T each day of the following mixture: 2C vinegar and 1C honey.
Clair has been receiving the prize as the oldest man, and we hope he continues to do so for many more years.
Here is an article on Clair when he celebrated his 99th birthday.

"Bedford Resident Has Strong Ties to Church"

Clair Mock holds replica he made of the original Mock Church built in 1843.

You can't keep a good man down, they say, and Clair Mock of Bedford is proof. He celebrated his 99th birthday July 26, and he still walks from 2 to 4 miles a day.
It was fitting that he marked the milestone with a cake at the Bedford Church of
the Brethren, Just up the road from Colonial Manor, where he lives, Mock has been a member of the Dunnings Creek Church of the Brethren all his life, and the original church building was erected on land donated by his great-great-grandfather in 1843. Known as the old Mock Church, it still stands but is used only occasionally.
Clair made three exact replicas of the Mock Church, complete with logs and separate doors on opposite sides - one for men to enter and the other for women and children. They are complete with a table and plank benches inside.
One replica was sent to the denomination's headquarters in Elgin, IL, and another to Church of the Brethren Pennsylvania Middle District office in Huntingdon. The third will go to Dunnings Creek Church.The original church, located between Pleasantville and Ryot, would not be standing if Clair had not inspired several other men to help him restore it, a job that took about 10 years.
But that's getting ahead of the story.
Six families of Brethren started the congregation, meeting in homes until 1842,
when the George Holsinger family arrived from Woodbury. They decided to build a
church and Christian Mock donated the land, although there are stories that he may
have received $5 for it.
The one-room log structure measured 35 by 26 feet and had segregated seating for men and women on plank benches. In those days, some of the preachers were good for an hour and a half or longer. There was no pulpit, just a table. The church was used for 75 years, but was outgrown as the congregation expanded. The Holsinger Meeting House was built, and then the Point Church, and a church at New Paris. One preacher served all three until Point wanted its own pastor.
The Rev. John E. Roland came in 1940 and served all three for $75 a month and a parsonage up the road from the New Paris Church. His salary later was raised to $80. He stayed for seven years.
"Back in the 1940s, gasoline was scarce," Clair said. "He would drive up one of the hollows and get out and walk to visit all those families up there. I'd like to see a preacher today do that."
The present Dunnings Creek Church was dedicated in January 1971. Meanwhile, the original Mock Church was in bad shape, practically falling apart. Logs had rotted and the floor was dangerous. The congregation talked about tearing it down.
"I didn't want to hear that," Clair said. "One Sunday afternoon six of us went up there, and we decided we could put new logs in if they would give us permission."
With him were Karl Kaufman, Harry Barefoot,Fred Barefoot, Jim Everhart and Neal Weaver. Others joined them later, but they put the first logs in. They jacked up the walls, took the bad logs out and put new ones in, then put metal between the
logs and chinked them with mortar. The whole building was restored.
"At Christmastime, they'll go up and have a Christmas service there with candles and oil lamps," Clair said. "That's really a nice service."
Hay rides are scheduled from the old Mock Church. Upon their return, there is a vesper service and hot dogs.
As for himself, Clair said he plans to keep on walking, as he enters his 100th year. He said he takes no medicine of any kind except eye drops now and then. He does take his own mixture of apple vinegar and honey to keep the blood vessels cleared out. "I eat a lot of vegetables, fruit and nuts," he said. "God furnishes all that stuff to help you out."
His religion is very real to Clair. When asked if he had any advice for people today, he held up his Bible and said, "Right here's a lot of good advice. Read that and pray every day. That's a lot of good advice to start with."
Clair was born in Lincoln Township, near Lovely, in 1905, one of 10 children of Wilson and Idella Mock. He attended the five grades in a little school above Lovely, and worked on the family farm.
Over the years, he worked at various jobs. Among them were the Pennsylvania Railroad shops at Altoona, the brick plant at Sproul and New Enterprise Stone & Lime.
He was married April 6, 1930, to Ruth Lillian Bowser. Her death in 2002 broke a union of 72 years. He has four children: Elaine Sollenberger, Donna Everhart, Nancy Mitchell and Arthur Mock. He has 12 grand-children and 18 great-grand-children.
There were also several articles in the paper when he celebrated 100 years.


Clair rides a Harley at 100 years.
This year after learning about Clair Mock, we were entertained by the band HTAF. Dave Burns, son of Patty Jones, grandson of G. Robert and Barbara Hott, descended through Elizabeth (Barefoot) Hammer, is a member of the band. They will also entertain us in 2006. For the “Getting Acquainted with Our Relatives” presentation in 2006, Mark Hott has agreed to tell about his grandmother Elizabeth (Krise) Hott, descended through Elizabeth (Barefoot) Hammer. For years Elizabeth Hott attended the reunions and served in various offices and mailed the postcards.
Minutes by Roberta Woodley, Secretary

Prizewinners at 2008 Barefoot Reunion

Prizes Awarded at the 2006 Reunion

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Left, Vicki Erdley and right, Billie Huff (sisters) won door prizes. In the center is their first cousin Bobbie Woodley, secretary of the reunion, who bought and awarded the prizes. Thanks, Bobbie.

Prize Winners

Oldest Man – Clair Mock with Bobbie Woodley, who was awarding the prizes. Clair celebrated his 100th birthday. May he be blessed with many more good years ahead.

Additional Prize Winners
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oldest Woman – Ruth Strayer, standing with Bobbie Woodley. Ruth was a guest of the reunion.

Youngest Child – Jeremiah Yeager, son of Jeremy and Corinna Yeager from the Jim Strange Family. His father Jeremy is with him.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Traveled the Farthest – Mark Hott, son of Fred and Lorrie Miller Hott, traveled from Bagdad, Arizona. Mark now resides in AL. Beside him is Bobbie Woodley, his first cousin.

Most Recently Married Corinna and Jeremy Yeager. Some of you single Barefoots need to tie the knot. These two keep winning this prize!

Longest Married – John and June Hammer. Oh, no, they win again! Congratulations.



Again we are sorry that so many wonderful members of our Clan have passed away. Sometimes we get obituaries or notices of deaths late. We still try to publish them and hope this will help those of you who desire to update your copy of James Barefoot, Sr., and Mary Sleek [Slick] by Sylvia Coleman and Gary Mickle. Rather than list the lineage, if you are interested, the page number will help you look up the deceased person’s line.

BALDWIN, James Arthur
BALDWIN, James Arthur, 63, of Butler, PA, died Tuesday, June 28, 2005, at UPMC. He was born Thursday, January 22, 1942, in Johnstown, the son of the late George Earl Baldwin and the late Melvena Weaver Baldwin. He was a member of The American Legion, Post117; life member of DAV; served in the U.S. Air Force; and was
an avid bowler. He worked for United Parcel Service. Surviving are his fiancee, Barbara Durkacs; a daughter; Kimberly Ann Pavic, wife of Richard Pavic, of Johnstown; a grandson, Justin R. Pavic of Johnstown; a brother, Robert E., and his wife, Patricia Baldwin, of Zephyrhills, Fla.; a special nephew, Mike Baldwin, and family; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.. Friday, July I, 2005, at the Young Funeral Home Ltd., Butler, The American Legion Post #117 will have a military service at 7 p.m. Friday. One-hour viewing at the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum in Johnstown, Saturday, July 2. 2005 at 9 a.m., with the service following at 10 a.m., with Sister Rose Vogel officiating. Interment will follow in the Grandview Cemetery p. 71 Barefoot Book.

BAREFOOT, Joseph Paul
BAREFOOT, Joseph Paul, 74, of Huckleberry Highway, Berlin (Stonycreek Township), died March 27, 2006, at Somerset Hospital. Born July 1, 1931, in Johnstown, son of Paul E. Barefoot and Grace (Beal) Barefoot Spangler. Preceded in death by parents and stepfather, Milton "Petey" Spangler. Survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Jimmie Foy; children, Joseph Paul Jr. of Johnstown, and Jayne Ardel Meyer of Berlin; and grandchildren, Jason Wayne, Jacob Maxamillian and Joanne Michelle Barefoot; Angela Grace Meyer; and Mark Anthony Brauer. A 1949 graduate of Quemahoning-Stoystown High School and graduate of Penn State University. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. Retired federal employee from Washington, D.C. Member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Stoystown, where he sang in the choir. He also sang with the Roof Garden Chorus and Barber Shop Quartet. Member of the Robert P. Hite Post 257 American Legion, Stoystown; Berlin VFW Post 7565; New Baltimore Sportsmen's Club; and past president of Mid-Atlantic Golf Course Association. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Deaner Funeral Home, Stoystown. Viewing from noon until time of service at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's U.C.C., Stoystown, the Rev. John Emig officiating. Interment, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Stoystown. Graveside military rites by Somerset County Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul's U.C.C., Stoystown, Pa. 15563. p. 217, Barefoot Book.

BAREFOOT, Lynn H., 62, Windber, formerly of Bedford County, died at 12:55 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2005, at Laurel Crest Manor, Ebensburg. Born April 8, 1943, in Johnstown, son of the late Max and Alverda Sue (Rowser) Barefoot. Preceded in death by brother, Wayne S. Barefoot, Clarksville, Tenn. Survived by stepdaughter, Tina Hillegass of Schellsburg; son, Lynn D. Barefoot of Alum Bank; daughters, Tammy Miller of Alum Bank; Tawnya McClucas of Fishertown; and Tisia Maxwell of Osterburg; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Joel Barefoot of Centreville, Va., and Danny Barefoot of Moon Township, Pa.; and sisters, Iris Coachman of Natrona Heights, Pa., and Susie Thompson of Newell, W.Va. Employed by Bethlehem Steel Corp., bar, rod and wire division, for 30 years. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home, Pleasantville, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Pastor James Neatrour officiating. p. 149, Barefoot Book.
BAREFOOT, Mildred (Lorencik) BAREFOOT, Mildred (Lorencik) 79, of Lincoln Place died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006. Survived by her husband, Russell Barefoot; daughter, Robin (Terry) Steyer, of Forest Hills; sons, Russell (Elma) Barefoot, of Manns Choice, and Randy (Terri) Barefoot, of Lincoln Place, grandchildren, Russell, Christie Lynn and Wesley Barefoot, and great-grandchildren, Amanda and Tyler. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the George Irvin Green Funeral Home, Inc., 3511 Main St., Munhall, where services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Mary Yanity officiating. p. 197, Barefoot Book.

BAREFOOT, Morris J., age 81, of Norton Shores, Mich., died Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2006, at his home. He was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Windber, Pa., to Edwin and Leona Barefoot (deceased). He married Geraldine Monson on Nov. 20, 1948, who preceded him in death in February of 1989. Morris then married Freda O. Loyselle, who survives him, along with his sons, William (Gail) Barefoot and Larry (Cyndi) Barefoot; and stepdaughters, Celia (Chuck) Geark and Sharon (Joe) McQuaig. Morris enjoyed 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Lucille Curtis of Baltimore, Md.; brother, Carl (Shirley) Barefoot of Greensburg, Pa.; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Ralph Ewalt; and stepbrother, Howard (Rita) Hamilton. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert, and his stepsister, Juanita. Morris was a member of Lake Harbor United Methodist Church; an honorary member of Windber Fire Company, American Legion of Pa., VFW Post 3195 and VFW Honor Guard, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Ravenna Lodge #441, F&AM; past master of Lovell Moore Lodge #182; member of Muskegon Chapter #47, R.A.M.; Muskegon Commandery, K.T.; Saladin Shrine of Grand Rapids and the Saladin Chanters, Court #11, R.O.J.; Muskegon Shrine Club; Mona Lake Boating Club; and was past patron of Genesis Chapter #88, O.E.S. He had served as past high priest of Royal Masons and with the White Shrine of Jerusalem. He retired from Sealed Power Corp. in 1987. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lake Harbor United Methodist Church (4861 S. Henry St., Muskegon, Mich. 49441), with the Rev. Richard Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Visitation with Morris' family will be from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m.Wednesday at the Walburn Chapel, Sutsema. Funeral Homes Inc., 1547 W. Sherman Blvd., Muskegon, Mich. 49441, (231) 759-8565, where the Masonic Service will be held at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions to Hospice of Muskegon - Oceana or the Shriner's Children's Hospital will be appreciated. p. 304, Barefoot Book.

BAREFOOT, Nancy L. (Masters)
BAREFOOT, Nancy L. (Masters)-, 65, Berlin, formerly of New Paris. d. abt. 16 Aug 2005. p. 149, Barefoot Book.

BAREFOOT, Nathan Russell
BAREFOOT, Nathan "Nate" Russell received his Eternal Independence on Monday, July 4, 2005. He was ushered into Heaven in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Nate was 67 years old. He was born into a loving home on April 9, 1939, the son of Ward and Eula (Nunamaker) Barefoot, who preceded him in death. On Oct. 3, 1959, he married the love of his life, Bertha Louise Mihalko. She survives along with their four loving children and their spouses: Kimberly, married to Daniel Dicken, of Fishertown; Eric "Rick," married to the former Brenda Morgart, of Alum Bank; Kristal, married to Dan King of Alum Bank; and Linette, married to Timothy Dicken, of New Paris. He is also survived by 10 beautiful grandchildren, whom he loved so much: Amber, Jonathan, Nicole, Derrick, Caleb, Bethany, Matthew, Kristen, Noah and Nathan, and a granddaughter-in-law, Jasmine (Miller) Dicken. He is survived by brother, Nevin Barefoot of Alum Bank, and sisters, Mildred Heming of Alum Bank, and Florene Davis of Millmont. He was preceded in death by brothers, Veryl, Harold, Clair and Leonard; sisters, Mary Dull and Helen Smith; and an infant son. Nathan was the owner of Barefoot Construction for many years. He retired in April of 2000, but continued to help in the family business. He served in the U.S. Army from April 15, 1957, to Aug. 2, 1962. On Monday, he died doing what he loved, spending a holiday with his wife, children, grandchildren and family and friends. Nate was loved by all who knew him. Through the years, he has touched many lives. His strongest desire was to see his Lord and to see all of his family and loved ones make it to Heaven. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Although his passing was Heaven's gain and our loss, we as Christians know we will be with him in the morning. At Nate's request, there will be no public viewing. A memorial service will be held at Peoples Bible Holiness Church on Thursday, July 7, 2005, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Curtis Cox officiating. Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Nate to Gospel Proclaimers Missions, c/o Peoples Bible Holiness Church, 182 Sycamore Road, Fishertown, Pa. 15539. Interment, Pleasantville Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home, Pleasantville.p. 143. Barefoot Book.

BERKEY, Alice E. (Rininger)
BERKEY, Alice E., 89, of New Vienna, Ohio, formerly of Hooversville, died Dec. 26, 2005, at the home of her daughter in New Vienna. Born May 12,1916, in Johnstown, daughter of Shaff and Nora Rininger. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Edward L. Berkey , Sr. (former president of community National Bank and former vice president of Johnstown Bank and Trust); sisters, Madaline Dickey and Mary Vaneer; brothers, Tom and Jack Adams; and daughter-in-law, Linda D. (Geary) Berkey. Survived by a daughter, Beverly Ann, married to John Coy, of New Vienna, Ohio; son, Edward L. "Birdie" Berkey Jr., and fiancee, Carol A. Caola, of Hooversville; grandchildren, Jill Ann, married to Jesse Boncoski; Todd Berkey; Tricia Saunders; Matt and Becky Coy; and great-grandchildren, Preston and Linda Boncoski; Jessica, Eric and Kaitlynn Napier; and Kassandra Saunders. Life member of the former Hooversville Christian Church. Family will receive friends from 6- to 8 p.m. Thursday at Deaner Funeral Home, 976 Barn St, Hooversville, where service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment, P.O.S. of A. Cemetery, Hooversville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, Ohio 45177. p. 90, Barefoot Book.

BLACKBURN, Margaret G. (Barefoot)
BLACKBURN, Margaret G. (Barefoot), 91, 207 Ottawa St., formerly of Lincoln Lee Apartments, died May 4, 2006, at Arbutus Park Manor. Born Oct. 15, 1914, in Bedford County, daughter of the late Harry D. and Elizabeth (Beckley) Barefoot. Preceded in death by husband, Marion E.; daughter, Carole McMeans; and one grandson. Survived by daughters, Marlene, wife of Alan Ripple, Littleton, Colo.; Nancy, wife of Frank Ashbridge, Johnstown; and Peggy, wife of Wallace Leadbetter, Douglasville, Ga. Also survived by son-in-law, Kermit McMeans, Burnsville, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruthanna Carson, Chambersburg, Pa.; and brother, H. Fred Barefoot, Alum Bank, Pa. Member of the Franklin Street United Methodist Church. Mrs. Blackburn was a Red Cross volunteer and was employed for many years with Kline Landers.
At the family's request, there will be no viewing or visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Geisel-Devlin Memorial Chapel, 734 Bedford St., Dale, the Rev. Tom Verner. Interment, Richland Cemetery. p. 120, Barefoot Book.

BOWSER, Emerson
BOWSER, Emerson, 85, Industrial Lane, Alum Bank, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at Windber Hospice. Born in Ryot, West St. Clair Township, Bedford County, on Friday, Dec. 7, 1917, he was the son of the late Sewell and Ada (Barefoot) Bowser. He was the owner of Bowser’s Meat Market, Pleasantville. He was the husband of Ethel M. (Constable) Bowser, whom he married on July 20, 1940. He was a member of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church. He was a longtime mayor of Pleasantville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Barbara A., wife of Orlo Wright, Alum Bank, and sister, Helen Crew, Urbandale, Iowa. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Chad Wright and wife, Jessi; Pamela Sumers; and Troy, Rob and Ross Bowser, and three grandchildren, Lance, Andy and Layne. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert, on Aug. 22, 2003; brothers, Warren, Kenneth, Russell, Carl, Eugene, and Gerald; and sister, Allene Watkins.

Funeral service at the Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, with the Rev. Edward Patterson officiating. Interment at Fishertown Cemetery, Fishertown, PA. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home, Pleasantville.

BOWSER, Robert A.
BOWSER, Robert A., 60, of Adams Run Road, New Paris, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born Feb. 26, 1943, in Johnstown, son of Emerson and Ethel (Constable) Bowser, Alum Bank. He retired as a truck driver from W.C. McQuaide Trucking, Johnstown, after 37 years of driving. He was also a bulk mail hauler. He was the husband of Janet L. (Barefoot) Bowser, whom he married on Aug. 25,1967. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, Pleasantville. Mr. Bowser was a former member of the Chestnut Ridge Horsemen's Club. He loved being out of doors, and his greatest job was his grandson. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents; sons, Troy A. Bowser, Osterburg; Rob J. Bowser, Schellsburg; and Ross E. Bowser, at home; sister, Barbara Wright, Alum Bank; grandson, Layne Austin Bowser; and niece, Pam Summers, Alum Bank.

Funeral service at the Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Emily Styer officiating. Interment at Bedford County Memorial Park, Bedford, Pa. Friends are invited to call from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home, Pleasantville. p. 201, Barefoot Book.

BUREK, Anna Frances (Cauffiel)
BUREK, Anna "Frances" Fern (Cauffiel), 85, of Somerset, formerly of Boswell. died Aug. 15, 2005, at the Patriot. Born Oct. 20, 1919, in Jenner Township, she is the daughter of the late John E. and Rachael E. (Rhoads) Cauffiel, Sr. Also preceded in death by husband, John Stanislaw Burek, who died April 8, 1962, and brothers, Daniel and John E. Cauffiel, Jr. Survived by children, Mrs. Dennis J. (Sandra L.) Barren and John R, Burek, both of Somerset, and a beloved granddaugther, Lindsay Hachael Harron of Somerset. Member of Benscreek Lutheran Church, Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Samuel's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Will Osman officiating. Interment, Jenner Township Baptist Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Somerset "In Touch" Hospice, 1590 N. Center Ave., Somerset, Pa. 15501. p. 58, Barefoot Book.

CONRAD, Robert R. “Roy”
CONRAD, Robert R. "Roy," 76, Stonycreek Township, died March 29, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center, main campus. Born April 29, 1929, in Johnstown, the son of the late James Frank and Edna (Buchanan) Barefoot. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, the former Mary Lou Fisher; these children, Craig "Skip"; David, married to the former Karen Regan; and Kimberly, married to Samuel Paonessa, all of Johnstown, and Douglas, married to the former Jeanne Beckerle, Massachusetts; and beloved grandchildren, Shawn, Nicole, Jennifer, Alyssa, Ryan, Greg and Rebecca. Also survived by brothers, Denver, California, and Carl, Florida, and sister, Jo Ann Misler, Davidsville. Roy was a U.S. Army veteran, retired as an inspector at Bethlehem Steel Wire Mill and worked for the Office of the Aging. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., West Hills, 921 Menoher Blvd., where service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. William E. Rosenbaum officiating. Interment, Grandview Cemetery. p. 208, Barefoot Book.

CORLE, Byron
CORLE, Byron, 92, of Lovely, died Aug. 24. 2004,
at PennKnoll Village, Born June 7. 1912, in Weyant, son of Roy and Alice (Mock) Corle. Preceded in death by parents; wives, Tressa (Dively) and Katherine (Schaeffer); son, Wilfred, April 1989; sisters, Omelia Ake and Meriam; and great-great-grandson, Bryson Robert Wayne Finnegan. Survived by children, Opal Sipes and husband. Robert, of Lovely; JoAnn Smith and husband, Chester, of Lovely; grandchildren, Judy Finnegan and husband, Jess; Jeffrey Sipes and wife, Sandra; Leslie Weyant and husband, Larry; Eric Sipes and wife, Sonia; and Bill Smith and wife, Lisa; Tony Corle, Richmond, Va.; and Casey Corle, Lebanon, Pa.; great-grandchildren; Angela Harbaugh and husband, Troy; Jessica and Stephanie Finnegan; Amy and Stacey Sipes; Tressa and Torie Sipes; Alana Weyant; Brittany and Billy Ann Smith; great-great-grandchildren, Seth and Isac Harbaugh. Brother of R. Eugene, Glenn, Wayne and Paul of lmler; Ruth Dubinsky, Osterburg; Una Lang, Hollidaysburg; and Gloria Corle, Bedford. Member of Weyant United Methodist Church. Retired farmer and retired from General Refractories in Claysburg. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Edward Blackburn Funeral Home, Pleasantville, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, the Rev. Charles Rhodes. Interment in Upper
Claar Church Cemetery, p. 107, Barefoot Book.

CORLE, A. Wayne
CORLE, A. Wayne, age 81, of Dark Hollow Road, Imler, died at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Aspinwall,Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Mr. Corle was born in Lincoln Township on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1924, son of the late Roy C. and Alice (Mock) Corle.

Wayne was a self-employed contractor in Johnstown for many years. He was a member of Weyant United Methodist Church. Mr. Corle was the past president of the Home Builders Association of the Alleghenies, president of Corle Corporation Builders,
president of Conemaugh Coal -- Construction Co. and district chairman of the former Raystown District of the Boy Scouts of America. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

Wayne was the husband of Karen (Noon) Corle, whom he married Oct. 14, 1986. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Brenda, wife of William Cover, Johnstown; daughter, Linda, wife of Matthew Scislowicz, Johnstown; daughter, Marsha, wife of John Quinn, Connecticut; daughter, Lisa,wife of Walter Mueller, Elizabethtown; daughter, Michelle, wife of Raymond Webb, Dayton, Ohio; daughter, Melissa, wife of John Woomer, Altoona; son, Michael, fiance of Jade Roberts, Pittsburgh; brother, Glenn, Imler; sister, Ruth Dubinsky, Osterburg; sister, Una Long, Hollidaysburg; brother, Paul, Imler; sister, Gloria Corl, Bedford; first wife, Opal (Mock) Corle of Johnstown. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Wayne was preceded in death by two brothers, Byron and Gene, and two sisters, Omelia Ake and Miriam Chappell. A funeral service will be held at Weyant United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 1, 2006, with the Rev. Robert Van Natta officiating. Interment at Imler Valley Cemetery, Imler. Friends are invited to call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home, Pleasantville, and Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Weyant United Methodist Church.

CUPPETT, Eugene E.
CUPPETT, Eugene E., age 67, of Shippy Road, Manns Choice, died at 8:46 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2006, at Pennknoll Village. Eugene was born in Johnstown on Oct. 25, 1938, son of the late Earl and Elizabeth (Ferg) Cuppett. He was a food and cover maintenance worker for the Pa. Game Commission for seven years. Prior to that, he was an equipment operator for PennDOT and served in the U.S. Army. Eugene was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Pleasantville, and a member of the Bedford Moose Lodge #480. He was the husband of Sally A. (McMillen) Shippey-Cuppett, whom he married on Feb. 8, 1992. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sister, Marcia, wife of Perry Claar, Osterburg; sister, Linda, wife of Albert Custer, Alum Bank. He is also survived by four nieces, two nephews, seven great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-niece. He was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Cuppett. A funeral service will be held at Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2006, with the Rev. Donna Wolfinger officiating. Interment at Dry Ridge Cemetery, Manns Choice. Friends are invited to call Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg. Graveside military rites accorded by the Fort Bedford Honor Guard. p. 118, Barefoot Book.

CUSTER, Dorothy (Oaks)
CUSTER, Dorothy 0., 85, Of Stoystown, died Sept. 11, 2005, at Siemon Lakeview Manor Estate. Born Oct. 27, 1919, in Hooversville, daughter of Milton G. and Mabel (Boyts) Oaks. Preceded in death by parents and husband, Earl E. "Skip." Survived by sons, Edward, married to the former Jane Emery, of Ocean City. N.J.: Richard, married to the former Leslie Bell, of Somerset; and Bradley, married to the former Candy Albright, of Stoystown; grandchildren,Mikenzie, married to Clint Healthenstine; Tiffany, Todd, Allyn, Bryson and Kelly Custer; and Derek Easter; and great-granddaugther, Andi Lynn Healthenstine. Sister of Frances Neiman of York; Lois, married to William John Flick, of Berlin; and Owen Oaks, married to the former Edith Shirey, of Boswell. Graduate of Indiana State Teacher's College and taught fourth grade at Kantner Elementary School from 1939 to 1948. Retired owner of former Custer's Clover Farm Grocery Store, Stoystown. Former Stoystown Borough auditor for many years. Member of Grace Lutheran Church, Stoystown, and WELCA. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Deaner Funeral Home, Stoystown. Viewing from 1 p.m, until service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Lu-
theran Church, the Rev. Walter L. Startzel officiating. Interment, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Stoystown, Memorial contributions may be given to Grace Lutheran Church, Stoystown, Pa. 15563. p. 85. Barefoot Book.

EGOLF, Jane K. (Kniseley)
EGOLF, Jane K., 77, of Alum Bank, died Feb. 13, 2006, at home. Born Aug. 21, 1928, in New Paris, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Joseph H. Kniseley and Helen (Blackburn) Kniseley, who survives. She is also survived by her husband, James H. Egolf, whom she married July 5, 1952; son Joseph J. Egolf of New Paris; son John David Egolf and wife, Joan (Strock) of Dillsburg and two grandsons: Spencer and Austin Egolf. Jane was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She taught at New Enterprise and Chestnut Ridge schools and was also a homemaker. She was affiliated with the St. James Church in Alum Bank and Ryot Methodist Church. Funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at 2 p.m. at J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home with the Rev. Rick Ralph officiating. Friends will be received Thursday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service. There will be an Eastern Star service on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. p. 101, Barefoot Book.

Personal Note: "Jane Egolf’s mother Helen was my school teacher for 5th and 6th grades in Pleasantville. She went into the Colonial Courtyard last year. She was 100 on Oct. 24. I visited with her for a morning when I was home in March. Her mind is remarkable;, she can remember whom she taught, where they sat, and she recited poetry she learned as a child, I've been talking with her on the phone over the years and visited with her when I was home but she doesn't have a phone now. Her eyes are not good at all, but other than that, she is in good shape." Sylvia Coleman.

FETTERMAN, Herbert D. "Herb"
FETTERMAN, Herbert D. "Herb," 66, of Shaffer Road, Johnstown, died May 23, 2006, at Memorial Medical Center. Born June 30, 1939, in Johnstown, son of Clifford Paul and Dorothy (Carbaugh) Fetterman. Preceded in death by parents. Survived by wife of 45 years, the former Elsie Thomas; and these children: Clifford, married to the former Beth Wess, Shaffer Road, Johnstown; Thomas, married to the former Jennifer Potts, St. James Road, Boswell; and Scott, married to the former Erin Potts, Dream Road, Hollsopple; eight granddaughters: Lindsay, Alexa, Brooke, Haley, Sarah, Shelby, Laci and Julianne. Brother of Carol, wife of Wayne Kauffman, Davidsville. He was a member of St. David's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Davidsville. Retired from Penelec with 38 years of service as a line supervisor. He was a member of the Jenner Community Sportsmen, Greater Ferndale Sportsmen and Somerset County Sheep Farmers Association, where he served on the board. He was also a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, also the Rise and Stride Club. An avid hunter and fisherman. Enjoyed spending time on his sheep farm. He was a loving father and grandfather. Family receiving friends from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville. Complete arrangements will be in Thursday's paper. P. 77, Barefoot Book.

FLAHARTY, Michael died on 31 May 2005 in Cle Elum, WA. He leaves a wife Becky, two children Morgan and Patrick, and 3 grandchildren. Michael is descended from William Barefoot and Diane Heck,Elizabeth Jane Barefoot and Frank Reasy, Bertha May Reasy, Rose Ella Buskirk (Ward Edsall), and his mother Nancy Ward-Flaharty-Secoy-Berg of Enumclaw, WA. Obituary not available. p. 153, Barefoot Book.

GLESSNER, Helen (Cairns)
GLESSNER, Helen, Born Feb.7, 1911, in Greensburg. Died Feb. 11, 2005, at Memorial Medical Center, at the age of 94. Daughter of the late Millard and Myrtle (Thompson) Cairns. Preceded in death by husband, George W.; brothers, Charles and Clair; half brothers, Thomas and Dick; and half sisters, Ruby and Frankie. Survived by son, Brent, married to former, Barbara Baker, Boswell: grand-daughter, Whitney Glessner, Hollsopple; and half brother, Sam, Stahlstown. Helen had a love of animals, especially horses, and lived alone on her farm until the age of 92. On her 80th birthday, her son, Brent, and granddaughter, Whitney presented her with a horse named Velvet, which she trail rode through the mountains until her mid 80's. There will be no visitation and private service will be held at the family's convenience. Arrangements by John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave. p. 74, Barefoot Book.

HEIDORN, Matthew M.
HEIDORN, Matthew M., 43, Johnson Road, Shickshinny, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, as a result of a car accident. Born Sept. 11, 1962, in Bedford, a son of Marian McCreary of Schellsburg and the late Ronald D. Heidorn. Matthew graduated from Penn State University and earned abachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1985 and did graduate work at Bucknell.When he first moved to the Berwick area, he was employed by PP&L Power Plant at Bell Bend for 14 years and since became self-employed as a real estate developer and was the founder and president.of Heidorn Development. Matthew was a former member of the YMCA Board and played Tri-County League Baseball for several years. He enjoyed working; working out and was a supporter of local charities and veterans groups,, but preferred to do it from behind the scenes. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Leroy and Ruth Heidorn. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his maternal grand-parents, Randall and Irene McCreary of Schellsburg; his special friend, Robyn Sadie, of Shickshinny; former wife and business partner, Nancy J. Marr of Turbotville; sister, Michelle Berger of Schellsburg; nephews, Damien Weyandt, and his wife, Jessica, and their children, Bailee and Lucas, all of Windber; and Justin Berger, at home; and numerous aunts, un-
cles, loyal employees and associates.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at James L. Hinckley, Jr. Funeral Home, 1024 Market St., Berwick. There will be further visitations from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home, 4305 Quaker Valley Road, Alum Bank, Bedford County.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb, 28, 2006, at Blackburn Funeral Home, the Rev. Mark Griffith officiating. Burial in Helixville, Schellsburg. p. 50, Barefoot Book.

HOLDERBAUM, Davis Reed, 68, Alum Bank, died Aug. 12, 2004, in West St, Clair Township. Born Jan. 27,1936, in New Paris, son of John A. and Sara (Davis) Holderbaum. Preceded in death by father; granddaughter, LaShay Dawn Corle; and
brother-in-law, Fred Redinger.
Survived by mother of Bedford; wife, Donna (Dull), Alum Bank, whom he married Feb. 15, 1956; children, Debbie, married to Conrad Presnell, Pleasantville; David, married to Louise (Jones), Alum Bank; Denny, married to Linda (Cottle), Pleasantville; Donny, Alum Bank; Daelene, married to Cris Crouse, Lovely; Dawnette, married to Joe Corle, Pleasantville; and Darren, married to Melissa (Gerula), Lovely; 24 grandchildren, including twins to arrive in December; six great-grand-children; and sister, Wilma Jean Redinger, Everett.

Reed was formerly employed at Bethlehem Steel Corp. and W.C. McQuaide Freight of Johnstown for 28 years. Reed was a painter for Tom Clapper. He was currently employed by RTM Transport. He also helped Edward Blackburn in the ambulance business and helped with some funerals from time to time. He was a volunteer for Chestnut Ridge Ambulance and Alum Bank Fire Company as fire police. He was a forest fire warden for 34 years. Reed was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at Edward Blackburn Funeral Home, Alum Bank. Viewing also one hour prior to service at 10 a.m. Monday at God's Missionary Church, Pastor Becky Clark. Interment in Bedford County Memorial Park. p. 140, Barefoot Book.

HOTT, Clark Earl, Jr.
HOTT, Clark E. "Moose" and "Bud," 48, Tanner Street, Ebensburg, died peacefully Feb. 16, 2006, at home. Born July 28, 1957, in Colver, son of the late Clark Earl “Bud” Hott, Sr., and the late James (stepfather) and Emma (Noble) Kimack. Preceded in death by infant son, Austin James Hott, and brother, Charles, mother Emma Kimack and father Clark Hott. Survived by wife of 12 years, Terri L. Dixon, and son Frederick Joseph Bradley III, at home. Brother of Michael Kimack, Nanty Glo; Karen (Larry) Morris, Ebensburg; James (Mary) Kimack; and Sally Kimack, all of Nanty Glo. Also survived by nieces and nephews, Shaun Kimack, Matt and Alyssa Ellis and Courtney, Douglas, Christopher and Caitlyn Kimack, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in the Dixon family. Survived by aunts and uncles Fred and Gerald Hott, Ebensburg; Betsy Hawthorne and Gail Prave, Johnstown; Sylvia Sonneborn, York; Mary Hutchison, Huntsvillle, MO; Nancy O’Hara, Wright, WY. “Moose" was owner and operator of Valley Beverage Company in Nanty Glo. He held memberships at the Nanty Glo Moose, VFW. American Legion and American-Polish Citizens Club and enjoyed membership in the Nanty Glo Rod -- Gun Club, where he had served as treasurer for many years. Moose loved camping with his family, going to the Juniata River, fishing trips with his brothers in Michigan and trips with Terri to Atlantic City and Las Vegas. A U.S. Army Reservist, having served until 1983. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, the Rev. Father Wesley Mash, cousin of the deceased, officiating. Interment at Lloyd Cemetery, Ebensburg. p. 68, Barefoot Book.

IGOU, Heather
IGOU, HEATHER, of McConnellsburg, PA, age 25. Born 12 Sep 1979, died 10 Feb 2005. Other persons listed in the obituary are parents Joann (Stultz) and Rick Igou; Jason Zuchelli; Logan Zuchelli; Mary Boor; Brooke Igou; Emily Parks; Mack Igou; Ethan Parks; Gladys Stultz; Beth Igou; JoEllen Parks; Marcella Igou; Kathy Helsel; Shaun M. Coppersmith; Kyle Felix; Robert Stultz; Roger Parks; Jonathan Igou. Fulton County News. p. 205 Barefoot Book.

KINNAN, Eleanor Lee (Hott), past -president of the Barefoot Reunion
KINNAN, Eleanor Lee Hott, 70, of Revloc, PA, died Dec. 3, 2005, at Laurel Crest Manor. Born March 8, 1935, in Johnstown, daughter of the late Coy and Elizabeth (Krise) Hott, granddaughter of the late Elga Rufus and Hilda (Haines) Hott of Slanesville with numerous additional relatives in Hampshire County, WV.
Preceded in death by husband, Joseph Edgar Kinnan; infant children, Joseph Douglass and Susan Lynn; and brother, Clark Earl Hott. Survived by children, Jeffrey (Karen) Kinnan, Armagh; Karen Peterson, Camp Verde, Ariz.; William (Carol) and Greg Kinnan, both of Casper, Wyo.; and Richard (Linda) Kinnan, Colver; also grandchildren, Jared and Matthew Barron, Camp Verde; Amber Hoover, Lancaster; Aaron and Andrew Kinnan, Colver; and Hailie Yeser, Armagh. Sister of Fred and G. Robert (Barbara) Hott, Ebensburg; Betsy Hawthorne, Johnstown; Sylvia (Jackson) Sonneborn, York; Mary (Earl) Hutchison, Huntsville, Mo.: Gail Prave (Mark Piljay), Johnstown; and Nancy (Daniel) O'Hara, Wright, Wyo.
Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, former Relief Society president, Sunday school teacher, seminary teacher and director of the LDS Family History Center. She also was former
president of the election board in Revloc, a former Avon representative and an avid genealogist. She did extensive research in the Hampshire County area and has worked extensively on the Haines and Hott family genealogies. Eleanor served as Barefoot
Reunion president from 1992 until 2005, when her health forced her to step down.
Interment, Lloyd Cemetery, Ebensburg, on December 6. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 609 Walters Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15905; or the American Association of Kidney Patients, 3503 E. Frontage Rd., Ste. 315, Tampa, FL 33607. p. 68, Barefoot Book.
Personal Note: "Not only was Eleanor Hott Kinnan my sister, but she was also my best friend. I called her at least once a week from York to Johnstown, PA. She listened endlessly to my tales of woe and added some of her own. Slowly I watched her become decimated from diabetes and kidney transplant failure. She was on her way home to her Joe who had died many years before, but I hated to lose her. We owe a great debt of gratitude to Eleanor for saving the Barefoot Reunion when attendance had dropped off and the money was so low that we could no longer afford a pavilion. She and I worked together to make the reunion solvent and to increase membership. I miss her, and when I go to Windber for the Barefoot Reunion, I almost expect her to still be there. She became the matriarch of the Hott Clan, and after many years, we still miss her, her genealogical expertise, and her loving care of her family." Sylvia Hott Sonneborn

MICKLE, Harold Walter
MICKLE, Harold Walter, 85, of Lovely Road, Alum Bank, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 22, 1920, in Alum Bank, son of the late Charles Mickle and Celia (Taylor) Stufft. On Nov. 6, 1943, in Phoenix City, Ala., he married Avanelle Louise Mock. He is survived by his wife, Avanelle; children, Gary Mickle, and wife Faye (McDonald) Mickle, Alum Bank; Terry Mickle, and fiance, Jacqueline Howsare, Centerville; Wendy Wallace, wife of Steve Wallace, Palmyra; and Robert Mickle, and wife, Kimberly (DeCriscio) Mickle, Alum Bank; brother, Bernard Stufft, and wife, Marsha (Zinn) Stufft, Everett; brother, Myron Stufft, married to the late Janet (Fleegle) Stufft, New Paris; and six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many loving in-laws, nieces and nephews. Mr. Mickle was a lifetime member of the Dunnings Creek Church of the Brethren, New Paris. He was owner and operator of the Lovely General Store and the Chestnut Ridge Market until retiring in 1985. Harold, a veteran of World War II, served his country in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He enjoyed traveling, camping and listening to bluegrass music. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, who will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 10, at 10 a.m. in the Dunnings Creek Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Alan Brumbaugh officiating. Funeral arrangements provided by the J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home in Alum Bank. Friends may call at the Dunnings Creek Church of the Brethren, located between Ryot and New Paris on Friday, September 9, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the hour of service. Burial will be held at Bedford Memorial Park. Graveside military rites accorded by the Fort Bedford Honor Guard. If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Mickle to the American Cancer Society, 3759 Business Route 220, Suite 202, Bedford, Pa. 15522. p. 179, Barefoot Book.

MILLER, Delores (Tolley)
MILLER, Delores P. 75, Dale, died Aug. 2, 2004, at the Loyalhanna Care Center, Latrobe. Born June 25, 1929, in Bedford County, daughter of the late James and Ruby (Anders) Tolley. Preceded in death by husband, Clark E.: grandson, Nathan Keiper; and brother, Robert. Survived by these children, Rebecca, wife of Ron Keiper, Johnstown: Margo, wife of Lloyd Sterner, Somerset; Holly, and special friend, Suzanne Pahach, New Florence; and Rodger, and wife, Diana, Johnstown. Also grandchildren, Aaron Keiper, and wife, Aimee; Joshua Keiper: and Jennifer and Jake Miller. Sister of Shirley Nock of Pittsburgh, N.Y. Member of Homestead Avenue United Methodist Church. Mrs. Miller was a devoted daughter, wife and mother and worked side-by-side with her partner and husband, Clark, in their trucking business for many years. There will be no viewing. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. Wednesday until the time of service at 2 p.m. in the Geisel-Devlin Memorial Chapel, the Rev. Kathy Hay presiding. p 135, Barefoot Book.

MILLER, Fred Smith
MILLER, Fred Smith, 84, Homosassa, FL, formerly of Johnstown. National Cremation Society, Brooksville, FL. Died 10 May 2005. p. 309, Barefoot Book.

MOCK, Arthur C.
MOCK, Arthur C., 70, of Wayne Blvd., Alum Bank, died Monday, April 3, 2006, in his hunting cabin in Lincoln Township. He was born Sept. 22, 1935, in Pittsburgh, son of Clair Mock of Colonial Courtyard, Bedford and the late Ruth L. (Bowser) Mock. On July 13, 1975, in Bedford he married Joann Mowry, who survives along with two sons: Lorne W. Mock and wife, Deana of Schellsburg; Travis L. Grahmann and wife, Kat of Victoria, Tex.; three step-children: Joni, wife of Glenn Allen of Bedford; Sandra K., wife of Joel Hershberger of Bedford; and Richard A. Bender and wife, Ellen of Alum Bank. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and three sisters: Elaine, wife of Ray Sollenberger of Everett; Nancy, wife of Ivan Mitchell of New Paris and Donna, wife of Jim Everhart of Alum Bank.
Mr. Mock served with the Navy aboard the USS Fulton. He was a life member of the Pleasantville VFW Post 9219, a member of the Bedford American Legion Post 113 and the Bedford Moose Lodge No. 480. He was a barber for 45 years, retiring from Lee=s Barber Shop in Bedford. He was also a heavy equipment operator for Oldham’s Excavating.
Funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home, Bedford, with the Rev. Jeff Welsch officiating. Burial will be at Mock Cemetery in Alum Bank with military rites accorded by Fort Bedford Honor Guard. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. p. 115, Barefoot Book.

MOORE, Verda (Callihan)
MOORE, Mrs. Verda C., 87, South Market Street, Martinsburg, formerly of New Paris, died at 2:40 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, at the Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, Blair County. Verda Moore was born in Paint Township, Somerset County, on Jan. 19, 1918, daughter of the late Charles Ross and Mary (Weaver) Callihan. She was a housewife and a member of Dunnings Creek Church of the Brethren. Verda was the widow of Homer W. Moore, whom she married on June 15, 1939, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1999. She is survived by son, Richard H., husband of Ellen (Weyant) Moore, West Palm Beach, Fla.; daughter, Barbara M., wife of Ronald Ensley, Martinsburg; sister, Freda Gordon,Williamsburg; and sister-in-law, Irene, and husband, Randall McCreary, Schellsburg. She also is survived by two grandsons, Tim and Jason, and one great-grandson, Adam. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Kenneth Callihan; two infant daughters; and one infant son. A funeral service will be held at Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, with the Rev. Alan Brumbaugh officiating. Interment, Hull Cemetery, New Paris. Friends are invited to call Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund, c/o the Village at Morrisons Cove, 429 S. Market St., Martinsburg, Pa. 16662 or Dunnings Creek Church of the Brethren, Cortland Road, New Paris, Pa. 15554. p. 52, Barefoot Book.

O'BRIEN, James R. “Hank”
O'BRIEN, James R., "Hank," 52, Windber, passed away June 21, 2006, at home. Born Sept. 9, 1953, in Johnstown, son of George and Louise (Masters) O'Brien, Grand Island, Fla. Preceded in death by son, Jimmy; brother, Allen; and uncle Bill. Survived by wife, the former Roxanne Delgross; daughter, Jamie, wife of Eric Jaffe, Yardly; and daughter-in-law, Sara O'Brien, and special granddaughter, Vienna, both of Pittsburgh. Brother of Tommy; Sharon, and husband, Jeff Sheldon; and Bobby, and wife, Jen. Also survived by father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lou and Janie (Updegraff) Delgross. Brother-in-law to Julie, and Debbie, and husband, Dan. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephew. Army veteran. Hank enjoyed his friends and especially his granddaughter. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Meek -- Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber, Father Adrian Tirpak officiating. p. 146, Barefoot Book.

O’CONNER, Mary K. (Greecher)
O’CONNER, Mary K., 84 of Fishertown, formerly of Somerset Pike, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, from Pennknoll Village. She was born April 6, 1921 in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Greecher. She was married to Francis J. O’Connor, and he preceded her in death in 2003. She was also preceded in death by a son, Francis J. O’Connor, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia and husband, Frank Maltz of Acosta; a brother, Stephen Greecher of Johnstown; two grandchildren; Pamela Maltz of Long Island, N.Y. and Brian Maltz of Acosta; companion and friend, Carl E. Muir, Sr. of Fishertown and many loving nieces and nephews. Mrs. O’Connor was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Benscreek. She had been an active participant in the Somerset County Democratic Party, was a member of the Ideal Fire Company Women’s Auxiliary and for over 20 years was a school bus driver for McIlwain Charter Service in Benscreek. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and friend who will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Dalla Valle Funeral Service, Main Street, Everett. P. 81, Barefoot Book.

O'CONNOR, JoAnne (Krause)
O'CONNOR - JoAnne (Krause), 76, Old Tire Hill Road, Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, died June 25, 2006, at Laurel Wood Care Center. Born Oct. 24, 1929, in Johnstown, daughter of Herman F. and Mary Jane (Shoff) Krause. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Berwyn and Fred Krause; sister, LaRue Ridinger; sister-in-law, Bernice Krause; and brother-in-law, Harry Ridinger. Survived by loving husband of 54 years, former teacher and coach, Donald J. O'Connor, Sr.; children, Donald J., Jr., married to Karen Sturtz, Conemaugh Township; Bonnie Dudash, Harrisburg; Brian, married to Jayne Lesser, Woodbridge, Va.; and Todd, married to Elizabeth Taylor, Ballground, Ga.; and grandchildren, Holly and Justin Dudash and Zach and Sean O'Connor. A graduate of the former Boswell High School, Class of 1947, and Cambria-Rowe Business College. Member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Benscreek, and a former member of the Johnstown Coin Club. Past Employee of General Telephone Co., Small Business Loans of the Federal Government, Mcllwain Bus Lines and Metropolitan Life Insurance. Also was a former teacher's aide for the Conemaugh Township Area School District. Enjoyed traveling, gardening and canning, baking pies and spending time with family and friends. Viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Hoffman Funeral Home -- Cremation Services, Davidsville, where vigil for the deceased will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Andrew's Church, the Rev. Father Sean K. Code, celebrant. Committal, O'Connor Cemetery, Somerset Pike. p. 82, Barefoot Book.

OLDHAM, Mildred N. (Saylor)
OLDHAM, Mildred N. (Saylor), 83, of Mechanicsburg, formerly of Fishertown and Sharon, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, from her home. She was born Oct. 11, 1922, in West Saint Clair Township, a daughter of the late William Meade Saylor and Carrie Dena (Barefoot) Saylor. On June 13, 1942, in Ellerslie, Md., she married Harold W. “Ham” Oldham. He preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 1996. She is survived by her son-in-law, Larry W. Diehl of Mechanicsburg; three grandsons: Darin W. Diehl and wife, Kerri (Swarz) Diehl of Mechanicsburg; Dr. Lance E. Diehl and wife, Catherine (Frazier) Diehl of Charlotte, N.C.; Brandon J. Diehl and wife, Stacey (Barrick) Diehl of Newville; great-granchildren: Myleah, Adisson, Jacob and Megyn; a brother George R. Saylor and wife, Leah (Adams) Saylor of Hermitage and sister, L. Kathleen Barefoot of Twinsburg, Ohio. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Kaye Diehl in June of 2005; sisters: Nelle Weaver, Phyllis Westover and Barbara Handwork, and brothers: Palmer E. Saylor, Owen M. Saylor and R. Duane Saylor. Mrs. Oldham previously attended the Pine Grove United Methodist Church. Initially she and her husband owned and operated Ham's Snack Bar on Quaker Valley Road in Fishertown. Then they moved to Sharon, Pa., where she was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, traveling with her family and playing cards, especially pinochle. For a number of years, she and her husband had retired to Ft. Pierce, Fla., spending time with her brothers and sisters who also lived in Florida, and then moved to Mechanicsburg to be with her daughter and grandchildren. Mrs. Oldham was a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who will be greatly missed for her kind and caring way. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at 1 p.m. in the Dalla Valle Funeral chapel with the Rev. Curtis Bryant officiating. Friends may call at Dalla Valle Funeral Service on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday at the funeral home from noon until the hour of service. Burial will be held at Fishertown Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Oldham to Pinnacle Health Hospice, 3705 Elmwood Drive, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110. p. 209, Barefoot Book.

RININGER, Caroline Marie “Carrie” (Amershek)
RININGER - Caroline Marie "Carrie," died Nov. 10, 2004, at the Valley View Haven Nursing Home in Belleville, Pa. She was born Oct. 7, 1907, in Johnstown, Pa., to the late Michael and Mary (Wolfing) Amershek. On the 17th of January 1929 she married Merritt Nace Rininger who preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1980. Carrie was a homemaker and lived in the Oakland section of Johnstown. In 1995 she moved to State College and resided at the Addison Court Apartments until 2001 when she moved to the Valley View Assisted Living apartments in Belleville, Pa. While she resided in Johnstown, she was a member of the Oakland United Methodist Church and a life member of the Oakland Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, where she served in many capacities over the years. She will be remembered fondly by many relatives and friends for her hospitality, her love of cooking and baking, and for her generosity. She enjoyed card games and continued to be active with several groups. She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Ann Wheeler of Alvin, Texas, widow of Ramon Wheeler, and a son, William R., and his wife, Betty (Price) Rininger of Boalsburg, Pa.; and one brother, Louis Amershek, and his wife Chris of Bedford, Pa.; seven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Belihar, Hannah (Umberger) Koreltz, Pauline Baretincic; and brothers, Michael, Rudy, Leo, Joseph, Anthony, and Charles. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, where funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with her nephew, the Rev. Charles Amershek officiating. Committal will follow the service at the Grandview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley View Retirement Community, Social Services Committee, 4702 E. Main St. Belleville, Pa. 17004-9251. p. 83, Barefoot Book.

SAYLOR, Carroll Louise (Claycomb)
SAYLOR, Carroll Louise, 83, of Blairsville, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006. She was at home surrounded by her children. She was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Osterburg, a daughter of the late Andrew Leroy “Roy” Claycomb and Lena (Imler) Claycomb. On Jan. 31, 1942, in Cumberland, Md., she married R. Duane Saylor, and he preceded her in death on March 4, 2003. She is survived by their children: Gail Acker and husband, Robert, Bayport, N.Y.; Connie Klabnik and husband, Clement, New Alexandria; Nevin Duane Saylor and wife, Paula (Benton), Indiana; Elinor Sossong and hsuband, Fred, Greensburg; nine grandchildren: Kristen and husband, Bob, Diane, Kevin and wife, Laura, Joseph, Benjamin, Gregory, Annabeth, Kimberly and Carolyn; three great-grandchildren: Kayla, Eric and Amanda; a brother: Joseph P. Claycomb and wife, Helen (Hampton) Claycomb, Carlisle; sister-in-law: Doris Claycomb, Delaware; brother-in-law: Shirley F. Dively, Wellsboro. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Donna Jean Saylor on Jan. 1, 1943, a sister: Elinor Dively and brother Robert F. Claycomb. Mrs. Saylor was a member of the Osterburg United Church of Christ and attended the Black Lick Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of East Saint Clair High School, Class of 1939, a graduate of the Altoona Beauty Academy, a member of the Blairsville Chapter No. 166 Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Black Lick Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Earlier, she had worked as a dental assistant, and also operated a beauty shop in her home. She enjoyed attending live musical performances, especially those of her family, and took great pride in her family’s musical talents. She also enjoyed watching old movies, reading, traveling and camping with her husband and family, and was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who will be greatly missed for making her house a home for her family and friends. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at 2 p.m. in the Dalla Valle Funeral Chapel with Rev. Paul Claycomb officiating. Friends may call at Dalla Valle Funeral Service, Main Street, Everett on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2005, from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday at the Funeral home from 1 p.m. until the hour of service. Burial will be held at Fishertown Cemetery. P. 208, Barefoot Book.

STUTZ, Robert B.
STULTZ, Robert B., 85, of Hoover Road, Schellsburg, died at 4:14 a.m.,Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Windber Hospice, Windber, Pa. Born in New Paris, Bedford County, Pa., on Saturday, May 11, 1918, he was the son of the late William A. and Olive (Barefoot) Stultz. He was an electrician at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Johnstown, and a farmer. He was the husband of Gladys (Bowser) Stultz, whom he married on April 15, 1939. He was a member of the Spring Meadow Family Worship Center. In addition to his wife he is survived by son, Rev. Robert B.Stultz, husband of Patricia (Oravec), New Paris; daughter, Bonnie L. Claycomb, Osterburg; son, Daniel A. Stultz, husband of Pearlyn (Tany)Bedford; daughter, Joanne, wife of Thomas Felix, New Paris; sister, Ruthanna, wife of Sherman Fix, Bedford; numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grand-children. He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Shawn; three brothers, William, James and Joe; and three sisters, Laverne, Ada and Agnes Funeral service at Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, at 2 p.m. on Friday, with the Rev. Gary Boor officiating. Interment at Bedford County Memorial Park, Bedford, Pa.. Friends are invited to call Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m at Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home Schellsburg. p. 205, Barefoot Book.

Jay H. Suter, 82, of Cortland Drive, New Paris, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, at Altoona Hospital, Blair County. Mr. Suter was born in Napier Township,
on June 4, 1923. He was the son of the late Herbert B. and Anna V. (Blattenberger) Suter. Jay was the husband of Doris K. (Feather) Suter, whom he married Dec. 26, 1945. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, James L., husband of Beverly Holler, New Paris; daughter, Rebecca J. Suter, of New Paris, daughter, Polly S., wife of Brian Wells, Centerville; sister, Florence Ickes, Fishertown;
sister-in-law, Audrey, widow of Thomas Suter, Colorado springs, Colo. Jay is also survived by four grandchildren: Jamie and Jason Suter and Christy and Mark Wells. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Dorothy and Violet Suter and a brother Thomas. He was an iron worker for 57 years, mostly with Somerset Steel Erection. Before and after retiring he enjoyed working for 30 years at the orchard he started outside of New Paris. Jay was a member of New Paris United Methodist Church. He was also a member of Iron Workers Local No. 3 of Pittsburgh, Schellsburg VFW Post No. 4440 and Bedford Masonic Lodge No. 320 F&AM. He served in the U.S. Navy with the Seebees in World War II at battles in Okinawa, Bouganville and Guadacanal. A funeral service will be held at MIckle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, with the Rev. Mark Griffith officiating. Interment at Fishertown Cemetery, with graveside military rites accorded by the Fort Bedford Honor Guard. Friends are invited to call Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Paris United Methodist church, Cortland Drive, New Paris, PA 15554. – p. 210 Barefoot Book

WATKINS, Charles T.
WATKINS, Charles T."Chuck” Wadsworth, 63, died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at Hospice of Medina at the Inn. Born in Alum Bank. Pa, Mr. Watkins resided in Wadsworth since 1996, previously residing in Carlisle, Pa. He was an electrical engineer at IBM and after retiring taught school in Pennsylvania for 5 years. He was a veteran of the Army Air Force during World War II and a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Lodge 385 F&AM and a 32nd Degree Mason.
Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife, Virginia K. (nee Hoover); children, Jeanne Rasi and husband Laddie of Deland, Fla., Joyce E. Terrill and husband John of Yorbe Linda, Calif., Charles R. and wife Linda of Wadsworth; grandchildren. Steven, Susan, Karen, Kimbery, Erin, Justin and; four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death: by two brothers and two sisters. Funeral service Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church,146 High St., Wadsworth where the family will receive friends one hour prior to time of service. The Rev. Daniel J. Camman and Rev. Ann Paynter officiating. Interment will be in Dallastown, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court, St., Medina, Ohio 44256. (Hilliard & Mullaney, 330-334-1501). p. 101, Barefoot Book.

WATKINS, James Lowell
WATKINS, James ‘Jimmy' Lowell April 2, 1931- June 13, 2005. James (Jimmy) Lowell Watkins, 74, of State College, died June 13, 2005 at his daughter’s residence. Born April 2, 1931, he was the son of the late Ralph and Ailene Watkins of Bedford. On October 13, 1956, he married Faye Diehl, who survives at home. Jimmy was born and raised on a farm in Bedford County. Following his graduation from Bedford High School in 1950, he enrolled in Animal Husbandry at the Pennsylvania State University. His studies were interrupted by serving with the United States Army in Korea until his release in 1956. He resumed his education at Penn State and later graduated in 1958 with a B.S. degree in Animal Husbandry. In 1959 he was appointed Assistant in Animal Husbandry, where he served as swine herdsman until 1960, at which time he was named Plant Manager of the newly constructed Penn State Meats Laboratory.
In 1965 he was promoted to Instructor in Animal Science. While engaged in teaching and research, he continued to work in graduate studies and in March 1966 received his M.S. degree in Animal Science.
In 1971 he was promoted to Assistant Professor and in 1984 to Associate Professor of Animal Science. Over the years he taught or co-taught nearly all the meats related courses at Penn State. Jim began active work with the Penn State Meats Judging team as an assistant coach 1960. He was head coach of the team from 1976 to 1984.
His concern for students was shown by his instrumental role in obtaining scholarships for Animal Production students. State FFA and 411 meat contests were organized by Jim for many years. His work with high school youth is recognized by the numerous citations and awards he received from the Future Farmers of America. Active in the Penn State Stockman's Club, he served as secertary/treasurer and president. He received the club's Booster Award in 1977 and 1989; and in 1976, the student Block and Bridle Club dedicated the Little International Show to him. In 1998, Jimmy was inducted into the Pennsylvania Livestock Association Hall of Fame. This award recognizes excellence in animal agriculture. The inductees are leaders in local, state, national and international endeavors. Jim authored and co-authored many scientific and popular articles dealing with meats and animal production. Over the years he judged many carcass and livestock shows. He was active in designing meat packing plants and working with Pennsylvania meat packers and processors. In 1984 he wrote a book "Planning for a Small Meat Packing Business" that is widely regarded and used by meats specialists across the country. Jim was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta and Delta Theta Sigma's honor society. He is a past director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Meat Packers Association. He was a member of the Bedford Masonic Lodge, Harrisburg Consistory Altoona Jaffa, active in Rotary and past president of the Ferguson Township Lion's Club. Since his retirement in 1987 Jimmy continued to remain active and enjoyed helping others whenever he could. One of his greatest joys was working on a good construction project. When he wasn't working or helping someone else, he would escape to one of his favorite places, Lake Raystown, enjoying the lake, cottage and his boat with friends and family. Jimmy's philosophy was "work hard and play hard." He will always be remembered for his enthusiasm for life and for his love for his family and friends. In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his daughter, Pam Wild and son-in-law Bob and their children Kristyn Stewart and Drew Wild, son Randy Watkins and daughter-in-law Lisa and their son Shawn, his sister Shirley Williams of Bedford and brother Davis Watkins of Boswell Pa. Visitation will he held from 1 to 3 PM and 6 to 9 PM on Thursday, June 16, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St, State College.
The Funeral Service will be at 11 AM on Friday, June 17, at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St, State College with the Rev. Gregory Hurbaugh and Rev. Robert M.A.L. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Boalsburg Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to one of the following: Centre Volunteers in Medicine, PO Box 10365, State College, PA 16805, Pine Hall Lutheran Church, 1760 West College Ave, State College, PA 16801 or to the Penn State Stockman's Club Memorial Award for Freshmen Students, c/o Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences, 233 Agricultural Administration Building, University Park, PA 16902.
pp. 102 & 201, Barefoot Book.

WATKINS, Ruth (Miller)
WATKINS, Mrs. Ruth A., age 79, of Berlin, but formerly of Dunnings Creek Road, New Paris, went to be with the Lord at 1:50 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2006, at Meadowview Nursing Center.
Mrs. Watkins was born in West St. Clair Township, Bedford County, on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1927. She was the daughter of the late Howard W. and Sara (Bender) Miller. She worked as a clerk at Sears Roebuck Co. in Johnstown. She also operated the concession stand at the Richland Drive-in Theater, the Village Restaurant in Pleasantville and retired as a cook from Donahoe Manor in Bedford.
Ruth was a 1943 graduate of Pleasantville High School. She was the widow of William J. Watkins, whom she married in June of 1944, and he preceded her death on Nov. 7, 2000.
Ruth is survived by son, William, husband of Sandra Reighard, Hollsopple; son, Alan, husband of Rosemary Rodgers, Tampa, Fla.; son, Thomas, New Paris; son. Rick, Pleasantville; brother, William Miller, husband of Harriet Claycomb, New Paris; and sister, Mary, wife of Charlie Yates, Greencastle. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Feaster.
A funeral service will be held at Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home, Pleasantville, Bedford County, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, with the Rev. William Wenger officiating. Interment at Fishertown Cemetery, Fishertown. Friends are invited to call Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home, Pleasantville. p. 99, Barefoot Book.

WEYANT, Melissa
WEYANT, Melissa D., 31, Osterburg, d. 2 August 2004. Born 9 Jan 1972 to Dale Dallas and Gail Elizabeth (Mock) Weyant. Mickel-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg. p. 124 of Barefoot Book.

WHETSTONE, Mary Jane (Geisel)
WHETSTONE, Mary Jane, 83, of Preston Street. Bedford, and formerly of Osterburg, died at 4:10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2004, at home. Born in Pleasantville, Bedford County, Pa., on Monday, April 4, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Vernon G. and Sue E. (Barefoot) Geisel. She was a owner-operator of the Whetstone General Store in Osterburg for 20 years. She was the widow of Ned 0. Whetstone, whom she married on Aug. 17, 1945, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 23,1992. She was affiliated with Trinity United Church of Christ, Osterburg. She is survived by daughter,Janice S., wife of Randall Sleek, Harrisburg; son, Daniel G., husband of Betty (Berkey) Whetstone, New Paris; brother, C. Dick Geisel, Johnstown; brother, Jack H. Geisel Sr., Pleasantville. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Ben Sleek and Amy Whetstone. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred and Louis; and an infant brother, Robert. Funeral service at the Louis Geisel Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Monday, with the Rev. Bruce Whalen officiating. Interment at Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery, Osterburg, Pa. Friends are invited to call Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Louis Geisel Funeral Home. Bedford. p. 207, Barefoot Book.

YODER, James F.
YODER, James F., 79, Upper Yoder, died Aug. 30, 2004, at Meadowview Nursing Center, Berlin, Born Jan. 12, 1925, in Johnstown, son of the late Collins F- and Almeta E. (Stanton) Yoder. Survived by loving wife, the former Sharon R. Cannonie; son, Barry Yoder, married to Tina, Florida; daughter, Elizabeth, married to Steve Crews, Florida; grand-children, Richard Yoder and Philip Bunting; sister, Mary Alice, married to William Petro, Phoenix, Ariz.; stepson, Timothy Ostrich., Indiana, Pa.;stepdaughters, Terri Ann, married to John Shober, Lancaster; and Paula Ostrich, Johnstown; stepgrandchildren, Jonathan and Jessica Shober; and mother-in-law, Mildred Cannonie, Davidsville. James was a 1942 graduate of Johnstown High School, World War II Army veteran. Employed as a producer/director at WJAC-TV for over 40 years. Volunteered with the televised Mass at St. John Gualbert Cathedral. For 20 years, he directed the Cambria-Somerset Junior Miss Pageant. He was a member of Johnstown Lodge 538 F.&A.M.and bowled in the Merlo League. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Duffers.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., West Hills, 921 Menoher Blvd., where Masonic service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, where service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, the Rev. Robert Wagner officiating. Entombment, Grandview Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in James' memory. p. 262, Barefoot Book.

Nate Barefoot Special

Nathan Russell Barefoot, an Alum Bank contractor, died Monday during a family picnic. He was 67. His daughter, Kristal King, also of Alum Bank, said her father had open-heart surgery in 1990 and wasn't expected to live.
But he pulled through and continued to run the family business, Barefoot Construction, until 2000. Additional heart problems eventually led doctors to tell him they couldn't do anything more for him.
"It was like a miracle that we got to keep him as long as we did," his daughter said.
Mr. Barefoot always barbecued the chicken at the annual picnic and was at his post Monday. Although his wife knew he was tired, he played a game of vol-
leyball after his cooking duties ended.
He believed it was a sin to complain," his daughter said.
He eventually left the game and sat down in the garage.
"He said he probably shouldn't have played," Mrs. King said. "Then he just slumped over."

But Mr. Barefoot wouldn't have wanted it any other way. He had made the comment that he wanted to go fast and he wanted to either be at church or at home.
A spiritual man, Mr. Barefoot frequently gave his personal testimony during services at his church, Peoples Bible Holiness Church in Alum Bank.
"In the last six months, he'd stand and say he was homesick for heaven and that he longed
to go," his daughter said. "His faith was his life."
Mr. Barefoot didn't just talk about his religion. He lived it. He taught Sunday school classes for years, and he and his wife were frequent visitors at local
nursing homes. His daughter said his home always was open to ministers and missionaries who needed a place to stay.
Mr. Barefoot married the former Bertha Louise Mihaiko in 1959. He met his future wife when he played baseball with her brother.
The two were in their teens when they met and continued their courtship through his service with the Army.
Family was important to Mr. Barefoot. His daughter said he not only was close to his own family, but also very close to his wife's family. "The church family were like his family as well," Mrs. King said.
He and his men did carpentry and masonry work in the region. His son continues the business.
There would be days when Mom would ask him to stay home," his daughter said. "But he would say, 'The boys need me.' "My father loved work, family and mostly God," she said. "He left us a beautiful heritage and a legacy."
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Barefoot is survived by two other daughters, Kimberly Dicken of Fishertown and Linette Dicken of New Paris; a son. Eric of Alum Bank; 10 grandchildren; a brother, Nevin of Alum Bank; and two sisters, Mildred Heming of Alum Bank and Florence Davis of Millmont. He was preceded in death by an infant son.
The Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home, 4340 Quaker Valley Road, Alum Bank, was in charge of funeral arrangements