January 25, 2017 Christopher Vendel
(9 Time All American from New York)

1994-2017

Christopher Vendel was an avid trap shooter and life member of both the ATA and Walworth Sportsman Club, as well as a member of the All American Trap Shooting Team throughout his career. Although his life was short, Chris touched many lives with his sense of humor and respect for others. He was incredibly kind and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We here in Pennsylvania offer our condolences to his father Chris and his entire extended family. He and his father made many friends here in Pennsylvania and could be found at all the shoots in Elysburg. He was a nine time All American. 

 

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Ontario: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, age 22. Predeceased by his grandfather, Johannes "Joe" Vendel. He leaves his mother, Debbie Forrester, father, Christopher; sister, Michelle; grandmother, Deborah B.; grandparents, Ronald & Maureen Smith; uncles, Jim (Ruth) Smith, Jonathan (Diane) Vendel; aunt, Tina Smith; cousins, Megan Smith, Jodi & Joseph Vendel; extended family and many dear friends.

Chris was an avid trap shooter and life member of both the ATA and Walworth Sportsman Club, as well as a member of the All American Trap Shooting Team throughout his career. Although his life was short, Chris touched many lives with his sense of humor and respect for others. He was incredibly kind and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Friends may call 4-7 PM Wednesday at Willard H. Scott Funeral Home, 12 South Ave., Webster. Memorial Service 11 AM Thursday at Calvary Chapel of Webster, 770 Basket Rd., Webster. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to ATA: AIM Scholarship Fund (Note on check, Christopher Vendel Memorials) PO Box 519, Sparta, IL 62286.

Willard Scott Funeral Home

December 28, 2016 Charles Doll Jr.
(14 Time All State Selection, Penna. HOF Inductee.)

1938-2016

Charles Doll Jr. of Hanover, Pennsylvania, enjoyed competition all of his life. At Delone Catholic High School he played three sports and that carried over into the Air Force, where he played football and was named to the All Air Force and All European Football Teams. After his military career ended in 1961, Doll went to work for the Pennsylvania Highway Department as a construction supervisor until his retirement in 1992.

Mr. Doll started his shooting career in 1961 when he shot 100 handicap targets at South End Gun Club in Reading. Since that first shoot he has earned over 60 honorary yards from the 27 yard line. He averaged over .9800 fourteen times during his career in singles, gaining his high average in 1974 when he had a .9921 average on 3800 targets. He earned his AA27AA pin in 1988. Mr. Doll shot 216,785 registered ATA targets, shooting his last ATA targets in 2005. In his later years, after he retired from active shooting, he worked as a squad hustler at the large shoots in PSSA home grounds in Elysburg, usually on the lower trap fields in front of the Valley club house..

He was selected to fourteen Pennsylvania All State Teams during his career. Doll was also appointed coach of the George Mason University Trapshooting Team where he coached his daughter Kelly. Both Kelly Doll and his son Chuck Doll have been named to ATA All American teams. Chuck won the 1982 state junior singles title while Kelly won the state ladies doubles title twice, in 1993 and 1997.She also won the ladies HAA and HOA crowns in 1997. Her first ladies HOA came in 1991. Kelly also won the ladies Grand American Handicap title twice.  

Trapshooting was always a family affair for the Dolls. In addition to Chuck and Kelly, Charlie and Ellen, his wife of 54 years, traveled with their oldest daughter Audrey throughout the mid-Atlantic region. They always attended the Grand American in Vandalia. Charlie and Ellen could always be found under the "Pennsylvania tent" during the shoot, cooking hamburgers and hot dogs, talking to anyone who would listen. His best shooting friend and contemporary was Herb Jones, a fellow PSSA HOF inductee. Charlie was a long time member of the Nu-Ox Gun Club in New Oxford, PA. 

Mr. Doll worked at the squadding windows at Elysburg for years and was a member of the PSSA Executive Committee as well as an original PSSA Hall of Fame trustee.  

His shooting record is impressive. He won 4 state championships including a Singles and Handicap championship plus two High Overall titles. He finished runner-up three times in the state Doubles Championship and once in the Handicap Championship. In 1972 Charles won the ATA Eastern Zone singles crown with 200 straight at the Parkers Gun Club in New York. In 1991 and 1992 he finished 10th in the Budweiser Handicap at the Grand American. Perhaps his most important win came in August of 1991 when he won the Dayton Homecoming at the Grand American with 200x200 plus 175x175 in the shootoff. 

In 1981, 1982 and 1984 Doll led the state in doubles average. He finished second in the high singles average five times. In 1975 and 1977 Charles won the state Eastern Zone singles title.

His out of state awards are numerous, winning in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, New York and the Westy Hogans. In 1975 he broke all 500 singles targets at the Maryland State Shoot and had a long run of 865. He missed one, than ran another 409. He won the Maryland and Virginia Open Singles title that same year.

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Charles R. Doll Jr., 78, of Hanover , passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at the Hanover Hospital . He was the husband of Ellen (Kane) Doll, his wife of 54 years.

Born Oct. 24, 1938 in York , he was the son of the late Charles R. Doll Sr. and Mary Grace (Noel) Doll.

Charlie retired in 1992 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as a construction supervisor, and was the former owner of Powder Horn Gun Shop in McSherrystown. Following retirement he took over coaching George Mason University Trap team and taught Trap and Skeet at the University for over 10 years. He was a member of St. Vincent Catholic Church in Hanover, a 1957 graduate of Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, a member of New Oxford Rod and Gun Club, PA State Sportsmen’s Association where he was inducted into their hall of fame, a life member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association, and the Knights of Columbus, Fish and Game Association, and Home Association, all of McSherrystown, and proudly served in the US Air Force.

Charlie enjoyed competition all his life. At Delone, he played three sports and that carried over into the Air Force, where he played football and was named to the All Air Force and All European football team. He also was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time with family and friends especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Audrey Rippeon of Littlestown, Chuck Doll and his wife Vicky of Irishtown and Kelly Doll and her husband Jonathan Seller of Australia ; four grandchildren, April Rippeon, Carrie Doll, Katie Seller and Grace Seller; two great-grandchildren, Cameron and Evan Neiman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at St. Vincent Church in Hanover, with Rev. Michael P. Reid as celebrant. Burial will follow in Annunciation Cemetery , McSherrystown with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Friends and relatives will be received Monday 6 to 8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Ave , McSherrystown, with a prayer service held at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions in memory of Charles may be made to American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave, Suite 101 , Harrisburg , PA 17110 .

Gettysburg Times, December 31, 2016

 

September 2nd, 2016 Gary Wieand

1947-2016

Gary Wieand of Slatington died September 2nd, 2016. He was a design engineer at Lucent Technologies, Allentown, for 34 years. He was a past vice president and life member of North End Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli, and a life member of the Copeechan Fish and Game Club, Schnecksville. He was also a member of the Lehigh Valley, Suburban, ATA and Youth trapshooting leagues. Gary was an avid ATA shooter and one of the "North End" boys that attended every shoot at Elysburg. He could often be seen in the winners circle at all the major shoots at Elysburg. 

 

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Gary W. Wieand, 68, of Slatington, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, September 2, 2016.

He was the husband of Patricia J. (Green) Wieand. Born in Allentown, December 31, 1947, Gary was the son of the late Gerald Wieand and Gloria R.W. (Hauser) Kraynik. He was employed at Lucent Technologies in Allentown for 34 years as a Design Engineer. Prior to that, he was an electrician for the former Bell Telephone. Since his formal retirement, he installed "Life Lines" for the American Red Cross for 5 years.

An avid outdoorsman, he was a past vice-president and life member of North End Rod & Gun Club, New Tripoli, and a life member of the Copeechan Fish & Game Club, Schnecksville. His love of trapshooting began at the age of 13 where he honed his skills as an expert marksman.

Gary was a member of the Lehigh Valley, Suburban, ATA, and Youth Trapshooting Leagues. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Laurys Station. Survivors: In addition to his wife, Patti; children, Brenda S. Wieand-Reppert and her husband, Walter of Whitehall, Gary A. Wieand of Allentown; step children, Shawn M. Rotondo of Coplay, Kristen L. Rotondo of Bath; grandchildren, Joshua Reppert, Julieann and Vincent Rotondo; "brothers and sisters", David Correll and his wife, Beth, Linda Butz-Sehar and her husband, Danny, Jane DeLong and her husband, Benny, Scott and Wayne Leinbach; many nieces and nephews.

Services: A celebration of Gary's life will be held from 12:00 Noon - 4:00 pm. Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the North End Gun Club, 7211 Herber Road, New Tripoli. 

 

August 10, 2016 Glenn Lash
(17 Time All State Selection, PSSA Delegate and Penna. HOF Inductee.)

1956-2016

Glenn Lash, Lowber, PA, has died while attending the annual State Delegates Meeting at the 2016 Grand American on August 10, 2016. Glenn led the state in handicap averages an incredible 7 times, finishing second 3 times. Glenn was also the high singles average shooter in the state in 1998 with a .9930 average, one of the highest singles average in state history. He was serving his 4th year as the PSSA delegate to the ATA, replacing Frank Pascoe in 2013. He earned 17 All State selections and was an All American in 1999. Glenn was selected the Pennsylvania Trapshooter of the Year in 1999 and was enshrined into the state Trapshooting Hall of Fame on June 17th, 2008. He was an official at the Ruffsdale Gun Club for many years.

Glenn was runner-up at the 1998 Grand American Singles Class Championship with a 200 straight. He won titles at the ATA Eastern Zone Shoot as well as Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia state shoots, along with many awards at the PSSA State and Western Zone Shoots as well as the many other shoots in western Pennsylvania. 

John Michael Lash, his 31 year old son, preceded him in death when he died in an automobile accident in July of last year. Glenn and his wife Dienna were married for 39 years. 


Memorial displayed at the Grand American Entry Building
during the 2016 Grand American.

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Glenn E. Lash, 60, of Lowber, died unexpectedly Wednesday, August 10, 2016, doing what he loved; trapshooting at The Grand, in Sparta, Illinois.  He was born April 8, 1956 in McKeesport.  Husband of Dienna (Shorthouse), of Lowber, for 39 years.  Glenn was a 1974 graduate of Yough Senior High School.  He was a transit technician employed by Bombardier Inc., at Pittsburgh International Airport.  Glenn was the Pennsylvania Delegate for the Amateur Trapshooting Association, member of F&AM No. 593 Blyth Lodge, member of Syria Shrine and a member of the Ruffsdale Gun Club.  He was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association Hall of Fame in 2008, along with many, many accomplishments prior to and since.  In addition to his wife he is survived by his mother, Gloria A. Lash of Lowber; brother, Terry (Arlene); sisters, Kathleen Obringer (Jim), and Coleen Lawrenzi (Jon); numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his son, John Michael Lash on July 10, 2015; his father, John B. Lash; and his maternal grandmother, Helen A. Corso.  There will be no visitation.  A memorial service and Masonic service will be held at 11 am Friday August 19th, at The Church, 1683 Mars Hill Rd., Sutersville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements entrusted to the J. William McCauley, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. West Newton.

 

January 24, 2016 Richard Lapham (Capt. Rick)

1926-2015

Richard Lapham IV (Capt. Rick) of Willow Street, PA died suddenly on January 24, 2015. He died while snow blowing his driveway after the recent heavy snow. Rick was a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association and the National Rifle Assn. for many years. He enjoyed shooting clay targets and his marksmanship won him several trophies. Among them was the Class A award in the 2010 Pennsylvania State Shoot with a class high 97. Recently, he enjoyed hosting the Paradise Sportsman's Assn. every Wednesday. He loved the great outdoors, enjoying camping, hunting, fishing, and archery. Friends will be received on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 4-5PM at the Charles F. Snyder Jr Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA, with the Memorial Service to follow at 5PM.

 

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He was the husband of Donna Miller Lapham, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage this past May 15th. He will be deeply missed.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Richard J. Lapham III and the late Anna E. Geiter Lapham. Rick was a 1963 graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School. Later, he earned his license to captain fishing charters from Lewes, Delaware. He had worked for Yellow Freight Systems for 28 years, until retiring in 2004.

Rick was a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association and the National Rifle Assn. for many years. He enjoyed shooting clay targets and his marksmanship won him several trophies. Recently, he enjoyed hosting the Paradise Sportsman's Assn. every Wednesday. He loved the great outdoors, enjoying camping, hunting, fishing, and archery.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son: Richard J. Lapham V of Willow Street; his daughter Daphne married to Lowell Fry of Manheim; his four grandchildren Richard VI, Colin, Kayla, and Alyssa; his sister Diana married to Donald Strauch of Eaton, CO and his two brothers: Perry married to Sandy Lapham of South Bend, IN and Larry married to Darlene Lapham of Felton, DE. He is also survived by his aunt Shirley Musacchio of Quarryville and by several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to thank everyone, especially our wonderful friends and neighbors for all of the heartfelt prayers and moral support.

Friends will be received on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 4-5PM at the Charles F. Snyder Jr Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA, with the Memorial Service to follow at 5PM.

 

 

December 24, 2015 Lorena "Rene" Brown

1926-2015

Lorena "Rene" Brown, wife of former PSSA president Elwood "Woody" Brown, died on early Christmas eve, December 24, 2015 at the Phoebe Richland Nursing Home in Richlandtown. She was 89. Rene, a resident of Lake Wales, Fla., was born and raised in Sellersville. Rene graduated from South Perk High School, then Lansdale Business School. She was in charge of the office, cashiers, and the squad help for many years at the PSSA home grounds in Elysburg, PA. Rene and her husband, Elwood R. Brown, built a small tool and die shop in Finland, Pa. into a thriving plastic injection molding firm, Midgard, which is still owned and operated by their son, Robert.

 

  

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Lorena E. Brown passed away peacefully early Christmas Eve at Phoebe Richland Nursing Home in Richlandtown. She was 89.

Rene, a resident of Lake Wales, Fla., was born and raised in Sellersville. Rene graduated from South Perk High School, then Lansdale Business School, and was employed at US Gauge in Lansdale during the early 1950s.

Rene and her husband, Elwood R. Brown then built a small tool and die shop in Finland, Pa. into a thriving plastic injection molding firm, Midgard, which is still owned and operated by their son, Robert.

Rene and Elwood were instrumental in the development of trapshooting in the northeast, holding many posts in the Amateur Trapshooting Association over nearly 40 years.

Rene will be remembered by the many who knew her for her high intelligence, drive, and generosity, but especially for her wicked sense of humor and capacity for fun.

Rene is survived by her son, Robert S. Brown and his wife, Nancy Brown of Coopersburg, daughter, Vicki L. Naugler, wife of Seth Naugler of Finland; and grandchildren, Lauren Roeder, Emily Naugler, Weston Brown and Andrew Brown.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions to help fight the devastating effects of Alzheimer's Disease may be made to the new Fleming Memory Center, Lehigh Valley Hospital Network, 17th and Chew, P.O. Box 7017, Allentown, PA 18105-7017. C. R. Strunk Funeral Home,

--Allentown Morning Call 

 

 

July 10, 2015, John Michael Lash

1983-2015

 

NOTE; The Executive Committee is setting up a John Michael Lash Memorial Fund that will be directed to paying any remaining principal on the Pat Trap Project. There will be recognition included with the wall of Partners and other donors in the PSSA main club house. Should you wish to send a memorial contribution please send a check payable to the PSSA to Skip Klinger, PO Box 24, Palmyra , PA 17078 or give it to me at one of the remaining shoots.........Skip Klinger, PSSA Shoot Manager

John Michael Lash, the 31 year old son of Pennsylvania ATA delegate Glenn Lash and his wife Dienna, died on July 10th as a result of an automobile accident. John was a 2002 graduate of Yough High School, where he was a member of the Golf Team and Section Champion. A graduate of Triange Tech, he was an electrician employed by Pellman Electric. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Wednesday at The Church, 1683 Mars Hill Rd, Sutersville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to the J. William McCauley, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., West Newton

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John Michael Lash, 31, of Lowber, died Friday, July 10, 2015, as a result of an automobile accident. He was born December 2, 1983, in Jeannette, son of Glenn and Dienna (Shorthouse) Lash of Lowber. John was a 2002 graduate of Yough High School, where he was a member of the Golf Team and Section Champion. A graduate of Triange Tech, he was an electrician employed by Pellman Electric. In addition to his parents, survivors include his paternal grandmother, Gloria Lash, of Lowber; his maternal grandfather, Pete Gutierrez, of East McKeesport; his girlfriend, Stephanie Novak, of Jeannette; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John B. Lash; his maternal grandmother, Evelyn Gitierrez; an uncle, Timothy A. Shorthouse; and cousin, Mark Lash. There will no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Wednesday at The Church, 1683 Mars Hill Rd, Sutersville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to the J. William McCauley, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., West Newton. 

 

 

March 30, 2015, Robert Frankel Jr.

1967-2015

Robert Frankel Jr., the son of the PSSA squad handler Judy Frankel, died suddenly at the age of 47 in  Bloomsburg, PA. His mother is also in charge of all campground reservations. The PSSA and all of our loyal shooters and staff are greatly saddened with his passing. He is as graduate of Northern Lebanon High School and Bloomsburg University. His working career was in sales. Robert was a member of American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg. Survivors: Surviving in addition to his mother is his son: Brody Robert Frankel and companion: Jennifer Lonsdale, both of Bloomsburg.

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Frankel Jr., Robert Frankel, Jr., at 47 of Bloomsburg, died unexpectedly on Monday, March 30, 2015 at his home. He had been a resident of Bloomsburg since attending Bloomsburg University. Robert was born on June 7, 1967 in Allentown PA the only child of the late Robert Frankel, Sr. and Judith (Binder) Frankel of Northampton. Robert was a member of Northern Lehigh High School graduating class of 1984.

He continued his education by enrolling in Bloomsburg University where he earned a Business Major Degree. His working career was in sales. Robert was a member of American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg. Survivors: Surviving in addition to his mother is his son: Brody Robert Frankel and companion: Jennifer Lonsdale both of Bloomsburg.

Services: Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11 am from the Allen funeral home, Inc. 745 Market at Eighth St., Bloomsburg. At a later date, Robert will be laid to rest with his father in St. Paul's UCC Cemetery Indianland, PA. 

 

 

December 4, 2014, Tillio Molestatore

Tillio Molestatore died on December 4, 2014 at home, with his wife Karol and his sons John and Mark.

Tillio was an amazing shooter, racking up a lifetime target achievement of 119,250 singles 114,700 handicap and 71,600 doubles that lasted over 40 years. During that time he won many awards from the home town clubs to the PSSA state grounds ..at the Keystone Open, State Shoot and Westy Hogans. Also from other states including Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia. Just to name a few. He won his AA27AA award in 2014.

By trade he was a gunsmith . You could find him at the shoots taking care of shooters guns so that they could enjoy the sport that we so love. He was not just a shooter, he was a teacher of our sport. Teaching the love and respect of the sport. May he rest in peace and now shoot in the best of light without wind . He will be truly missed.


 

November 16, 2014, Stanley Kuny


Stanley, a member of the "greatest generation"
could always be seen at the shoots at Elysburg
with his friend Anna Mae Eberle. This photo was
taken by the Web Master during the last hours of
the 2005 Grand American in Vandalia. It was the
last day the Grand was ever held in Vandalia.

Stanley W. Kuny Jr., 88, of McCand-less Township, formerly of Bell Acres Borough, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, in Vincentian Home. He was born April 17, 1926 in Ambridge, a son of the late Stanley W. Sr. and Vada Krych Kuny. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran serving during World War II, a member of the Rosedale Sportsmen's Club, Amateur Trap Shooting Association, Konne-Yaut Indians Trap Shooting Association, and the Northside Sportsmen's Association.

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Stanley W. Kuny Jr., 88, of McCand-less Township, formerly of Bell Acres Borough, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, in Vincentian Home. He was born April 17, 1926 in Ambridge, a son of the late Stanley W. Sr. and Vada Krych Kuny.

He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran serving during World War II, a member of the Rosedale Sportsmen's Club, Amateur Trap Shooting Association, Konne-Yaut Indians Trap Shooting Association, and the Northside Sportsmen's Association.

Surviving are his two sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley W. III and Kathy Kuny of Butler and David J. Sr. and Sandi Kuny of North Carolina; five grandchildren, Kiersten (Patrick) MacLaughlin of North Huntingdon, Victoria (Alyn) Parry of Gibsonia, Jodi (Brian) Hardy of North Carolina, Jammey (Nathan) LaNeve of North Carolina and David J. (Meredith) Kuny Jr. of North Carolina; ten great-grandchildren, Finn and Margaret MacLaughlin, Jeffery Barrick, Nathan, Justin, Brianna, Samantha and Wiloh Hardy, and Tyler and Riley LaNeve; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Ruth Kuny of Florida and Randy and Adrienne Kuny of Carnegie, and a long time friend, Anna Mae Eberly of West View.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, Lois S. Kuny; two brothers, William and Richard Kuny, and a sister, Nancy Jane Casasanta.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until time of service at 7:30 p.m. in the JOHN SYKA FUNERAL HOME INC., 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge.
The Beaver County Special Unit will meet in the funeral home on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. to provide full military honors.

 

 

November 7, 2014, Richard Antrim

Richard Antrim of York died suddenly on November, 7, 2015. Antrim was from Boyertown. Rich was a member of Good Shepherd UCC in Boyertown and the Stichter Masonic Lodge #254 F&AM in Pottstown. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of York, the Boyertown Rod and Gun Club, the NRA, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Montana Sportsmen, and the Amateur Trap Shooting Association (ATA). Rich was an avid hunter and trap shooter. He also enjoyed golfing, loved the outdoors and going elk hunting in Montana. 

Richard could be seen many times at the top of the list in all the shoots at Elysburg. Donations may be made payable to the Chad Miller Memorial Fund, C/O 209 Water Street, Boyertown, PA 19512. 

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RICHARD D. ANTRIM, 64, FORMERLY OF BOYERTOWN Richard D. Antrim, 64, of York, formerly of Boyertown, passed away suddenly on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Born in Pottstown, he was the son of Leah P. (Wetzel) Antrim and the late Lawrence S. Antrim. Rich was a member of Good Shepherd UCC in Boyertown and the Stichter Masonic Lodge #254 F&AM in Pottstown. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of York, the Boyertown Rod and Gun Club, the NRA, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Montana Sportsmen, and the Amateur Trap Shooting Association (ATA). Rich was an avid hunter and trap shooter. He also enjoyed golfing, loved the outdoors and going elk hunting in Montana. Surviving with his mother is step son Donald C. Miller, husband of Patti; stepdaughter Lisa Nellius; brother Gregory L. Antrim, husband of Darlene; granddaughter Chelsea Miller; niece Kelly, nephew Todd and companion Cindy Reed and her children Logan and Morgan. Along with his father he is predeceased by grandson Chad Miller and stepson-in-law Roy Nellius. A funeral service will be Saturday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1749 S. Main Street, Bechtelsville. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the Chad Miller Memorial Fund, C/O 209 Water Street, Boyertown, PA 19512.

 

 

August 22, 2014, Mahlon "Sunny" Schaeffer

1929-2014

Mahlon "Sonny" Schaeffer died on August 22, 2014. He lived in Tower City. Sonny was a member of the ATA and a life member of the NRA. Sonny could be seen at all the trap shoots at Elysburg for years. He loved trapshooting, fishing and hunting. Sonny retired as a heavy equipment operator with the New Cumberland Army Depot. His wife "Sis" died in 2006.

This writer met Sonny many years ago and once sold Sonny a Perazzi MX-15 single barrel trap gun. He was a member of the Hegins Gun Club. His brother Carey died two weeks after Sonny passed away.


Sonny was a life member

 
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Mahlon B. "Sonny" Schaeffer, 84, of Tower City, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at the Schuylkill Medical Center - South, Pottsville.

Born in Reinerton, August 24, 1929, he was a son of the late Andrew and Ella Young Schaeffer.

Sonny retired as a heavy equipment operator with the New Cumberland Army Depot.

He was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Orwin; Porter Tower Lions Club, life member of the Armature Trap Shooters Association, life member of the NRA, Orwin Fire Club, Hegins Trap Club and the Valley View Gun Club.

Sonny was an avid trap shooter and outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.

He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Anna "Sis" Labore Schaeffer, 2004.

Surviving are two brothers, Edward Schaeffer (Marilyn) , Hershey and Carey Schaeffer (Barbara), Cressona; his companion, Carol Lebo, Tower City; several nieces and nephews.

Privates services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Williamstown. Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc. Tower City is in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

July 7, 2014, Joe Myers
(Four Time Sr. Vet All State Team Member)

1936-2014

Joseph D. Meyers, 77, of Quakertown, died Monday, July 7, in St. Luke’s-Quakertown Hospital. He was the loving husband of Rosemarie “Rosie” (Ravier) Meyers for the past 54 years.

Joe was an outstanding shooter, winning many awards at the shoots at Elysburg. Recent awards include Sr. Vet runner-up in the handicap championship at the PA Grand as well as the same award at the Keystone at the 2008 Shriners Handicap at the Keystone Open.

He won three awards in 2009, the resident Sr. Vet champion at the state shoot in the class doubles event. Also two awards in 2009 at the PA Grand, 4th place in the handicap championship and the Sr. Vet HAA winner.

He won the doubles Sr. Vet title at the Keystone Open in 2010. At the 2010 state shoot Joe won 4 titles including Sr. Vet runner-up in the Colonial Classic doubles, Sr. Vet runner-up in the preliminary doubles, Class B HAA winner in the Colonial Classic, Class B runner-up in the championship state doubles championship. 

Joe was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trap shooting, as well as just taking in nature
with his family. When he couldn’t be outdoors, he enjoyed bowling. He was a member of the North End Rod & Gun Club, New Tripoli, the ATA and a life member of the NRA. He was a member of the Quakertown Lions and a former Jaycee.


Joe was a life member

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Joseph D. Meyers, 77, of Quakertown, died Monday, July 7, in St. Luke’s-Quakertown Hospital. He was the loving husband of Rosemarie “Rosie” (Ravier) Meyers for the past 54 years.

He was a son of Johanna (Trenker) Meyers Whipple, of Sellersville and the late Joseph A. Meyers.

He was a chef co-owner of the former Meyers Restaurant, Quakertown for over 50 years. After the restaurant closed, he drove school bus for First Student transporting special needs students.

Joe was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trap shooting, as well as just taking in nature with his family. When he couldn’t be outdoors, he enjoyed bowling. He was a member of the North End Rod & Gun Club, New Tripoli, the American Trap Shooters Assoc. and a life member of the NRA. He was a member of the Quakertown Lions and a former Jaycee.

He attended Calvary Bible Fellowship Church, Coopersburg.

Surviving with his wife are his children, Bryan, Joan M. Allen, husband Thomas, Debra K. Hunter, husband Allan, grandchildren Michael, Keri, Korenne, Ashley, Eric, great-grandchildren Calie & Nathan; brother Gerald “Jerry”, and sister Janet Bracalente, husband Thomas, all of Quakertown.

A memorial service will be held ( ) in the Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, 135 W. Pumping Station Rd., Quakertown. Family and friends are invited to ca
ll at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to the (leukemia).  

 

 

June 11, 2014, Michael Loughran
(Current First Team Vet All State Team Member)

1947-2014

Michael Loughran died during the state shoot on June 11, 2014. He was the husband of Linda J. (Firestone) Loughran. Born June 16, 1947, in York, he was a son of the late George A. and Ada M. (Scantling) Loughran. He was employed with Conductive Technologies for 46 years, retiring as Vice President of Manufacturing in 2011. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and trap shooting and was a member of Carlisle Fish and Game and the AT. In addition to his wife, Mr. Loughran is survived by one son, Bryon J. Loughran and his wife, Lauren of Blain; one daughter, Emily S. Loughran of York; two brothers, Vincent and Carl Loughran; two sisters, Ann Enfield and Kathy Bowers; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters. His wife Linda is also a championship shooter. She is a 6 time women's team member. In 2014 both Michael and Linda were on the all state team, a rare occurrence.

Michael is a member of the current Vet All State Team. In 2005 he broke a 99x100 from yardage to finish runner-up in the ATA Eastern Zone. In 2013 he was Vet runner-up in the Krieghoff Handicap and was Vet winner in the Independence Handicap at the 2012 PA Grand. In 2009 Michael finished Class B runner-up in the Westy Hogans doubles championship.


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DOVER Michael J. Loughran, 66, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. He was the husband of Linda J. (Firestone) Loughran, to whom he was married for 13 years. A Celebration of Life Service will be private at the convenience of the family. Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 1551 Kenneth Road, York, is in charge of arrangements. Born June 16, 1947, in York, he was a son of the late George A. and Ada M. (Scantling) Loughran. He was employed with Conductive Technologies for 46 years, retiring as Vice President of Manufacturing in 2011. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and trap shooting and was a member of Carlisle Fish and Game and the American Trap Shooting Association. In addition to his wife, Mr. Loughran is survived by one son, Bryon J. Loughran and his wife, Lauren of Blain; one daughter, Emily S. Loughran of York; two brothers, Vincent and Carl Loughran; two sisters, Ann Enfield and Kathy Bowers; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carlisle Fish and Game, P.O. Box 157, Carlisle, PA 17015. 

 

 

March 20, 2014, Peggy George
Beloved wife of David George

1917-2014

Margaret (Peggy) George of Hawley, PA was born 96 years ago in South Orange, NJ. Peggy was a shooters wife. Her husband was ATA and PA Hall of Famer David George. She rarely attended the shoots with David. However, she did go to Vandalia with him every year. They had a home at the Silver Dollar, where they lived from Thanksgiving till April every year. David would shoot and Peggy would play Bridge.

This writer visted Peggy and David a number of times in their beautiful home in Hawley, PA where she always kept a menagerie of various dogs, cats and other animals such as squirrels, birds, skunks, turtles, pigeons, etc. I always visited them at their at their home at the Silver Dollar where I would always stock up on lemons and tangerines, which they grew in their back lawn by the lake. On one such trip they donated many trophies to the PA Hall of Fame that were on display in their living room. 

She served in WWII as a driver for the American Red Cross. Peggy and David had three sons. All died while Peggy and David were still living. 

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Margaret (Peggy) George, age 96, of Hawley died Thursday, March 20, 2014 at home. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Lewellyn George, on March 27, 2004. Peggy George was born June 1, 1917, in South Orange, NJ, the daughter of the late Russell W. Trimpi and Hilda (Hulse) Trimpi. A graduate of Dana Hall in Wellesley, MA, and the Katherine Gibbs School, New York, NY, Peggy took up bridge as an adolescent and played at a highly competitive level well into her 90's. She was a longtime member of the American Contract Bridge League and the Honesdale Duplicate Bridge Group.

Peggy was a lifelong lover of and advocate for all animals. As a young woman she bred and showed Great Danes. She was a horsewoman as well, having ridden with the Essex County Hunt Club and the hunt club on Nantucket Island. Over the years her pets included tropical fish, turtles, quail, pigeons, an armadillo ("They make terrible pets!"), a skunk, squirrels, and many dogs. At the time of her death, her household included her beloved toy poodle Hannah, Kitty Cat, a stray she had rescued as a kitten, and Love Dove, a pet dove.

Peggy served her country during World War II as a driver for the Red Cross in New Jersey. David, also a resident of South Orange and a serious bridge player, proposed to her shortly after returning from military service. The couple married in 1946. David, who was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved bringing the family to the Trimpi camp outside Hawley weekends and summers. During those visits Peggy taught her boys and any other children around all about nature in the Pennsylvania woods. Peggy and David left Pelham, NY, to live full-time in Hawley upon his retirement from the International Paper Company.

The couple had three sons, David L. Jr., Russell T., and William T. George, all of whom preceded them in death. She is survived by two daughters-in-law: Susann P. George of Hawley and Lindsay Barrett George of White Mills; four grandchildren: Russell T. George, Jr. of Hawley, Matthew S. George and his wife Jessica Ann (Foster) of Hawley, William T. George, Jr. of Washington, DC, and Campbell Barrett Kawka and her husband Ernest of Geneva, Switzerland; two great grandchildren: Zachary M. Meling and Natalie Ann George, both of Hawley; three nephews: John Trimpi, Michael Barrett, and Rick Trimpi; and two nieces: Robin B. Mechem and Jane Trimpi Kiesel. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM on Monday, May 5, at Hawley United Methodist Church, 315 Church St., Hawley, PA 18428. Visitation will be at the church from 1 to 2 PM. Private cremation was held at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel.

Memorials may be made to Hawley Public Library, 103 Main Ave., Hawley, PA 18428; NEPA Audubon Society, 600 Park St., Honesdale, PA 18431 or www.nepaaudubon.org; Hospice Of Sacred Heart, 340 Montage Mountain Rd, Moosic, PA 18507; Hawk Mountain, 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd., Kempton, PA 19529 or www.hawkmountain.org.

 

 

March 4, 2014, William "Bill" Hazlett
(1980 Grand American Handicap Champion.)

1945-2014

Bill Hazlett of Buffalo Twp. died on March 4, 2014. Bill won the Grand American Handicap in 1980, one of only 6 state residents to win the big title.

When interviewed after his win over two others he said "All I can say is I'm from Pittsburgh and that's the city of Champions." You had to love it. He beat Indika Morris and Randy Wilhelm in a one round, three way shoot-off of 99's. Hazlett was a real spoiler. Ms Morris was attempting to become the first women to win the GAH while Wilhelm was attempting to become the youngest to win the title. Wilhelm could have forced a second shoot-off round but missed his 25th target to hand the title to Mr. Hazlett. After his win Hazlett was also given the keys of a brand new Jeep Cherokee and his priceless ring plus a wad of cash.

In 2012 Bill broke a 99x100 to win the state doubles title. Bill was also a member of the PSSA Vet All State Teams in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. All were first team selections. Bill graduated from Har-Brack High School in 1963. After graduating from high school, he served three years in the Army, stationed in Germany. After returning from the service, he worked at Verizon in New Kensington until his retirement in 2001. Hazlett was a member of the Tarentum Eagles Club. He also belonged to many sportsmen's clubs, including Frazier, Tarentum, Saxonburg and Valley Gun Club in Elysburg. He shot weekly both in the Valley Trap League and Butler County Trap League for many years. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He spent many weekends hunting in the mountains for turkey and deer.

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William W. Hazlett, 69, of Buffalo Township, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 10, 1945, in Natrona Heights, son of the late Eugene and Garnet (Bargerstock) Hazlett. William graduated from Har-Brack High School in 1963.

After graduating from high school, he served three years in the Army, stationed in Germany. After returning from the service, he worked at Verizon in New Kensington until his retirement in 2001. William was a member of the Tarentum Eagles Club. He also belonged to many sportsmen's clubs, including Frazier, Tarentum, Saxonburg and Valley Gun Club in Elysburg. He shot weekly both in the Valley Trap League and Butler County Trap League for many years. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He spent many weekends hunting in the mountains for turkey and deer. His greatest passion in life was trapshooting. He won numerous championships and titles from various states from 1978 to 2013. His greatest accomplishment was winning the Grand American Handicap Championship in 1980, which to a trap shooter is equivalent to the Super Bowl. One of his dreams was to win the Pennsylvania State Doubles Championship, which he accomplished in 2012.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Susan (Kladny) Hazlett; and his two daughters, Bonnie (Sean) Taylor, of Chesapeake, Va., and Beth (Scott) Hanz, of Buffalo Township. He leaves behind nine grandchildren, Kyle, Alyssa, Paige, Kevin and Tiffany Taylor, of Chesapeake, Va., Amanda Taylor Hocken, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Allison, Brittany and Michael Hanz. Also surviving is a sister, Florence MacSween; and a brother, Eugene Hazlett, both of Natrona Heights; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Hazlett, in 2011. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC. AND CREMATION SERVICES, 347 E 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, with Rev. Nicholas A. Spirko officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. 

 

January 5, 2014, Stephen "Doc" Ollock
(2013 All American, 22 Time All State selection.)

1949-2014

Stephen "Doc" Ollock, 64, Pennsylvania State PSSA Hall of Famer, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Stephen lived in Mainesburg, PA where he built a full regulation trap field on his property. He practiced dentistry in Blossburg. He was inducted into the PA Trapshooting HoF back in 2009. Doc shot at 133,650 singles targets, 96,000 handicap and 66,650 doubles. He shot his first ATA targets in 1977. In 1990 he produced his first .9900+ singles average. He would repeat that 9 more times. 

In 2013 Stephen was a sub-vet ATA All American and has earned 22 All State selections including 5 times as captain. He was a first team selection for the last 22 straight years. Doc holds the state high doubles average of .9800, accomplished in 2000. He has also shot a .9900+ singles average a remarkable 10 times.

In 2000 Doc won the handicap title at the Western Grand with a 98x100. Doc also won two ATA Eastern Zone singles titles and the 2000 zone HAA title. Doc had 10 200x200's at the state shoot, more than any other Pennsylvania resident shooter. He won 5 different state championships, HOA in 1996, 2005 and 2009. Also the doubles title in 1999 and the HAA in 2010.

In 1999 at Vandalia he won the Zone Champion/Champions with 200x200 and in 1996 he finished second in the Clay Target Championship at the Grand American.

             

 

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Stephen "Doc" B. Ollock, DDS, 64, of Mainesburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

Doc was born May 31, 1949, in Wilkes-Barre, the son of Joseph and Victoria (Rusin) Ollock. He was the husband of Patricia (Taylor) Ollock.

Doc attended Juniata College, transferring to East Stroudsburg receiving his undergraduate degree. He then pursued his professional diploma and graduated from Temple Dental School in Philadelphia. Doc began his dental career in Sayre, eventually moving and establishing his own dental practice in Blossburg. He was an avid trap-shooter. Some of his most noteworthy accomplishments in the sport; shot 100 straight targets over 150 plus times since 1979, and hit 200 targets 40 plus times; 1996 his average for Pennsylvania Singles was tops with a .9944 and finished second place in Ohio at the National Championship; in 2009 he was named into the PSSA Hall of Fame.

Doc has been quoted before saying trap-shooting is his second love, but his first love is his wife, Pat and three sons.

He also played minor league baseball, enjoyed turkey hunting, playing golf with family and friends, fishing, traveling and was a true Philadelphia sports fan.

Doc is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Mainesburg; three sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Jen Ollock, of Churchville, Dr. Stephen "Tug" and Lindsay Ollock, of Mansfield,, Ryan Ollock, of Broomfield, Colo.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph M. and Carol Ollock, of Centreville, Md.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 106 N. Washington St., Canton, with Father Michael McCormick as celebrant. Donations may be made in Doc's memory to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA 18848. Burial will be private.

 

December 21 2013, Greg McKissick

1957-2013

Newspaper Obituary: Gregory Raymond McKissick, 56, of Gastown, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The son of Raymond H. and Alexandra "Sandy" (Maurice) McKissick, he was born May 23, 1957. Greg was a graduate of Elderton High School and self-employed as owner/operator of Greg McKissick Trucking. Survived by those he loved so much are his parents, Raymond and Alexandra "Sandy" McKissick; wife and childhood sweetheart, Linda E. (Frailey) McKissick; two children, Kristi Berthold and her husband, Jesse, and Tyson McKissick and Brandi; two grandchildren, Addison and Chase Berthold; Linda's mother and father, Harvey and Virginia Frailey; sisters-in-law, Janice Miller and husband, Terry, and Karen Clark and her husband, Vernon; nieces and nephews, Tara and husband, Aaron Hallof, Alyssa Clark, Garrett Clark and Tina Miller; and a great-nephew, Bryar Hallof. Preceding Greg in death was his nephew, Kevin H. Miller 

August 17, 2013, Peter Nock

1926-2013

Peter (Pete) Nock, Jr. passed away on August 17, 2013.  From the Trap and Field average books his last registered target appears to be in 2004.  He was The Squad Hustler at the PSSA prior to Ken Foster. Long time officer of North Suburban Trap League in Pittsburgh. Past high chief and long time member of the KonneYaut Inidans Trapshooting Organization. Long time member of  Millvale Sportsmen's Association. He worked for the Pittsburgh Press until his retirement. His wife Lillian preceded him in death and they had no children.

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Age 87, of Blueberry Hill, Marshall Twp., passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Beloved husband for 52 years of the late Lillian (Rodgers); uncle of Mary Celeste Oana of GA and Ed "Boo" Rodgers of MS. Friends will be received on Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1023 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp., 412-364-4444.

 

April 20, 2013, Robert Lefever
(Three Time All American, 11 Time All State selection.)

1939-2013

Robert H. Lefever, 75, of Lancaster, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 22, 2013 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late A. Vernon and Clara Fellenbaum Lefever. He was married to Ethel Ruoss Lefever. Robert was an Industrial Engineer and worked for Trojan Yacht. Robert was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and was a U.S. Army veteran. He loved cars, motorcycles and trapshooting. He was also a pilot.

Bob was a three time All American, twice as a senior vet and once as a vet. He was also selected to 11 PA All State Teams, every year since 2003. At the 2003 Keystone Open Bob broke a 198 in singles to win the senior vet title. Lefever also won two state singles titles, winning the senior vet crown in 2010 and the vet title in 2004, both with 198's. He also won the Lancaster County Championship numerous times.

 

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Robert H. Lefever, 75, of Lancaster, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 22, 2013 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late A. Vernon and Clara Fellenbaum Lefever. He was married to Ethel Ruoss Lefever.

Robert was an Industrial Engineer and worked for ­Trojan Yacht. Robert was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and was a U.S. Army veteran. He loved cars and motorcycles and was a pilot. He competed nationally in trap shooting, winning numerous times, especially the Lancaster County Championship. He was listed as a PSSA 2013 All American.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: two sons, Robert H. Jr. husband of Robin (Sullivan) Lefever, Port Clinton, PA, Craig D. husband of Victoria (Moreno) Lefever, Chino Valley, AZ; one stepson, John Hensyl II husband of Barbara Hensyl, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ; four grandchildren, Andrew Lefever, Grace Lefever, Emerson Lefever, Darcy Lefever; two step-grandchildren, Carissa Lynn Hensyl, Brandon Hensyl; two brothers, A. Vernon Jr. husband of Reba Lefever, Conestoga, Tommy L. husband of Marie Lefever, Leola; one sister-in-law, Mildred Lefever, Willow Street. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard F. Lefever.

A memorial service will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Road, Lancaster on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM. The family will greet friends after the ­service. Kindly omit flowers.

 

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April 13, 2013, Jack Titus
(1989 Grand American Handicap Champion)

1932-2013

Former Grand American Handicap Champion Jack Titus passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2013 in Florida.  Mr. Titus wintered at the Silver Dollar in Odessa, FL and also had a home in Bradford, PA. Mr. Titus retired as maintenance supervisor at Owens Illinois in Bradford, PA and then enjoyed trapshooting and golf with his wife of 63 years, Bonnie.  Mr. Titus is also survived by three children, eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Mr. Titus was a past president of the Bradford Gun Club, and past High Chief of the Konneaut Indians. Mr. Titus won the Grand American Handicap in 1989 over 4505 shooters.  In his lifetime he shot 56,250 Singles, 57,800 Handicap and 19,400 Doubles registered targets.
Editors Note: I watched his shoot-off with fellow Pennsylvanian Frank Detelich in the most remarkable two round shoot-off I ever observed. Afterwards I sat there speechless and couldn't comprehend what I just saw. Jack would later donate his GAH set of silverware to our Hall of Fame. A true sportsmen.


Jack and well wishers just after stunning GAH victory in 1989.

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Jack Stuart Titus, 81, of Odessa, FL and Bradford, PA passed away quickly and unexpectedly in New Port Richey, Florida on Thursday, April 11, 2013. He was born February 22, 1932 in Cochrantan, PA and is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Ray Titus and Julia Bruce Deets Titus. Also preceding him was his only brother, Robert Titus. He is survived by one sister, Virginia Lee Durst of Bradford, PA.

He is also survived by his wife of 63 years, Lavawn "Bonnie" June Berlin Titus. They were married on February 9, 1950. Mr. Titus leaves behind his three children, Sharon Rose Zickefoose of Sarasota, FL, 
Jack (Mikey) Stuart Titus II of Marcellus,NY, Connie (John) Lee Johnson of Derrick City, PA and eight grandchildren. Gregory Lee Zickefoose, Jody Lynn Zickefoose, Amy Jo Chupp, Brian Michael Titus,Leslie Lynn Ahern, Randy James Titus, Danielle Kay Johnson and Amy Michelle Bay. Also surviving are fifteen great grandchildren, Andie Lee Chupp, Austin Jay Chupp, Collin Mark Chupp, Cody Darin Chupp, Seth Andrew Thomas, Silas Matthew Thomas, Lauren Paige Zickefoose, Abigail Quinn Zickefoose, Jack Stuart Titus III, Brian Michael Titus II, Nathan James Titus, Abigail Morgan Ahern, Shannon Edward Ahern III, Lindsey Ann Bay,Chloe Michelle Bay. 

Mr. Titus retired as Maintenance Supervisor at age 55, after 34 years with Owens Illinois, Bradford, PA. He was past president of the Bradford Gun Club and former High Chief of the Konneaut Indians.Jack was a gifted "Jack of All Trades" who could fix anything. Known as the stockbender he was an accomplished gunsmith. He also enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing and visiting with family and friends. Family and friends will gather for a "Celebration of Life" in honor of Jack Titus on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Hospitality Room at the Silver Dollar Trap and Gun Club from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. A Memorial service will be held in Bradford, Pennsylvania at a later date to be determined. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home in Clearwater, Fl. Please visit their website at sylvanabbey.com for more information. 

Memorials, if desired, may be made to The Bradford Gun Club, PO Box 381, Bradford, PA.

 

 November 7, 2012, Daniele Perazzi

The Perazzi family, the workers , shooters and friends are in mourning following the loss of Daniele Perazzi who passed away during the night of the 7th November. He will remain in his beloved factory until his funeral on Friday 9th November, friends wishing to pay their last respects may visit him there. The funeral will be held on Friday, November 9th 15.30 at Abbazia di Maguzzano (Lonato) The Perazzi factory will be closed until Monday, 12th November, 2012. I can remember shooting with Mr. Perazzi back in 1973, my first year at the Grand at Vandalia. It was also his first trip to Vandalia. He filled out our squad and we had no idea who he was until we finished. We all got a kick out of him when we had to tell him to look at a pair of targets, as he was on post 1. He finally said lets see a pair. He than proceeded to shot them. It was one of my highlights of the some 30 Grand Americans I attended at Vandalia.

 

May 13, 2011, Roger Hamilton

1934-2011

Roger Hamilton (1934-2011) of Temple, PA passed away on May 13, 2011. A retired labor leader, he died in the St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, PA. He was the husband of Marcella "Marci" Hamilton. Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Dr. Harry D. and Kathryn Hamilton. His first wife Dolores passed away in 1989. Both are former Pennsylvania state champions. Roger burst in to the trapshooting limelight late in the day on Fathers Day in 1970 when he broke a field high 99x100 to win the state handicap championship. He also won the HAA the same year. He was a first team All State selection in 1977 and finished with the second highest state singles average in 1972 and 1976. He tied for the state singles title in 1974. During his relatively short career he won hundreds of trophies and awards. Roger was employed as a labor leader by the Candy Workers local 265, which later became local 6, of the Bakery Confectionery Workers Union for 30 years, retiring in December 1988. He was a graduate of Fleetwood High School and completed six different courses on labor studies at the George Meany Labor School in Washington, DC. He was a life member of The National Rifle Association, South End Gun Club, and the Amateur Trapshooting Association.

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Roger W. Hamilton, 76, a retired labor leader, died on May 13, 2011 in St. Joseph Medical Center at 6:50 p.m. He was the husband of Marcella (Sweyko) Hamilton. Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Dr. Harry D. and Kathryn (Keim) Hamilton.

Roger was employed as a labor leader by the Candy Workers local 265, which later became local 6, of the Bakery Confectionery Workers Union for 30 years, retiring in December 1988. He was a graduate of Fleetwood High School and completed six different courses on labor studies at the George Meany Labor School in Washington, DC. Roger was also a Pennsylvania State champion trapshooter and won two state titles in his trapshooting career. He had won over 200 trophies and numerous Berks County Club championships.

He was a life member of The National Rifle Association, South End Gun Club, and the Amateur Trapshooting Association. Roger was a member of Salem Shalter Lutheran Church, Alsace Township.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Dolores (Schmeck) Hamilton, on September 15, 1989.
Other survivors include two daughters, Christine A. Pettit Rohrbach, wife of Russell Rohrbach, of York, and Debra K. DeLucas, wife of Stephen DeLucas, of West Reading; two step-sons, Rob Sweyko of Fleetwood and Andrew Sweyko of Pottsville; six grandchildren, Megan Pettit, Jonathan Pettit, Emily DeLucas, Marguerite DeLucas, Michael DeLucas and Georgia DeLucas; three step-grandchildren, Nicholas Sweyko, Alyssa Sweyko, Andrew Sweyko and a step-great granddaughter, Kairyn Sweyko.

Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Walter R. Christ Funeral Home, Inc., 3300 Kutztown Road, Laureldale. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Salem Shalter Cemetery, Alsace Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004. 

 

February 10, 2011, Stacey Sellers

1959-2011

Word has reached the PSSA that Stacey Sellers has passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2011.She was born in 1959. Stacey fought a courageous battle against her cancer for 16 years, never giving up. She was the wife of Kenneth B. Sellers of Unionville. Of her many accomplishments, Stacey was also the FIRST woman firefighter in the West Goshen Fire Co. She loved to hunt and fish, spend vacations in the Islands, go to bingo and the casino with her Mom and friends. Stacey first gained attention of our trapshooting community when she was selected to the women's All State Team back in 1996. She earned her way to 7 women's teams, her last coming in 2009. Some of her major trophies include the 2001 PA State Ladies Handicap runner-up trophy with a 93x100. That same year she also was the ladies Doubles Class Day championship with a 92x100. In 2004 Stacey won the Class D HOA title at the PA State Shoot with a 982x1000. In 2005 she finished 5th in the ATA Eastern Zone Preliminary Handicap with a 97x100. Earlier that same year at the Keystone Open she won the ladies Handicap championship with a 94x100. In 2009 at the ATA Eastern Zone, Stacey won the Class C runner-up trophy in the zone singles championship with a 193x200. Her mother Jean Mariano (right) has been selected to 24 women's teams. Stacey is survived by her mother Jean L. Mariano of Jennersville, her sister Cynthia J. Emlet (Richard) of Birmingham Township, her brother Richard A. Mariano (Carol) of Saginaw, Texas, and by six nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Anthony (Tony) R. Mariano and her son Kenneth B. Sellers III. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 19th, 2011. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. The service will start at 10:30, with a service at the cemetery after that. The funeral home address:
Kuzo & Grieco
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

 

From the fire company web site:
The first women were admitted to membership in the GFC in March of 1977.
*Harriet Clark and Nancy Keslick joined the Fire Police.
*Sarah Credeur and Ann Supplee joined the Ambulance crew.
*Stacey Mariano became Goshen's first female firefighter in 1982.

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Stacey A. (Mariano) Sellers passed away on Thursday, February 10th, four days after her 52nd birthday. Stacey fought a courageous battle against her cancer for 16 years, never giving up. She was the wife of Kenneth B. Sellers of Unionville.

Stacey is survived by her mother Jean L. Mariano of Jennersville, her sister Cynthia J. Emlet (Richard) of Birmingham Township, her brother Richard A. Mariano (Carol) of Saginaw, Texas, and by six nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Anthony (Tony) R. Mariano and her son Kenneth B. Sellers III.

Stacey graduated from East High School and the Chester County School of Nursing. Prior to that, she worked at New Bolton Center Veterinary Hospital.

She was a coronary, I.C.U. and Emergency Room nurse. As a young girl and teenager, Stacey was an avid lover of horses, an accomplished equestrian, showing in many horse shows in the county and winning many ribbons.

Of her many accomplishments, Stacey was also the FIRST woman firefighter in the West Goshen Fire Co. She loved to hunt and fish, spend vacations in the Islands, go to bingo and the casino with her Mom and friends.

She was a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Assoc., traveling to many states to compete and was also on the Pennsylvania State Women’s Trapshooting Team for many years winning numerous trophies.

Stacey was loved by many and did not hesitate to help anyone in need. We will miss her every day, but she will be in our hearts forever. God Bless Her.

You are invited to visit with her family and friends from 9:00 to 10:30 Saturday morning, February 19, 2011 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA (Phone: 610-444-4116). A Memorial service will be held at 10:30. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square, PA

In memory of Stacey, a memorial contribution may be made to the Bridge of Hope, 1516 Olive Street, Coatesville, PA 19320.

January 28, 2011, John Foley

John J. Foley of Doylestown died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. He was 69. He was the husband of Barbara Beans Foley. Born in Hatboro, he was the son of the late Daniel Foley Sr. and Mary Fitzpatrick Foley. John was a graduate of Central Bucks High School, Class of 1959. He was employed by Asplundh Company in the chipper manufacturing division as a welder for 21 years. He then became the owner of his own welding business which he operated until the time of his death. Mr. Foley was a member of the Delaware Fish and Game, North End Rod and Gun Club in New Tripoli, Pa., Quakertown Moose, Quakertown American Legion, and the Road Angels. He enjoyed drag races at Vargo's, Atco and York, and snowmobile racing. He was an avid hunter and longtime active trap shooter, competing in many national events. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons, Len of Perkasie, Duane and his wife, Lynn, of Plumsteadville, and Shane of Doylestown; three grandchildren, Jordan, Shelby and Erin; a brother, Daniel Jr. and his wife, Deloise, of Riverside, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown, where the visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home,

December 20, 2010, Richard Mutzabaugh

Richard Mutzabaugh, Bradford, PA, died on December 20th, 2010. "Mutzy" was a member of the PSSA Advisory Board and the legal counsel for the PSSA. He was a long time ATA shooter and could be found at Elysburg at most of our shoots. Born in Kane, PA on August 21st,1933, he practiced law in McKean county for 50 years. He graduated from Dickenson Law School in 1960 and was a partner in Mutzabaugh & Saunders Law Firm. He leaves his wife Donna and two daughters, Katherine and Ann and a son Jeffrey. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church, at 1:30pm on Tuesday, December 28th, with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, pastor, and Rev. Leo J. Gallina pastor of St. Bernard Church co-officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Mausoleum.

Newspaper Obituary

Richard W. Mutzabaugh, 77, of 732 East Main Street, passed away, Monday, December 20th, 2010 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born August 21, 1933, in Kane, he was a son of the late R. T. and Isabel (Watson) Mutzabaugh. On September 21, 1957 in Bradford he married Donna G. (Griffin) Mutzabaugh who survives. Mr. Mutzabaugh was a 1960 graduate of Dickenson Law School where he was on the Law Review.

He practiced law for 50 years in McKean County and was a partner in Mutzabaugh & Saunders Law Firm. He was a member of the McKean County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He was admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He was a past member of the Pennsylvania Board of Governors, Board of Continuing Legal Education, a member of the Inns of Court and was awarded the highest level of Peer Review for excellence in the practice of law for 30 consecutive years by Martindale Hubbell. He was lifetime member and served as treasurer of the Bradford Gun Club for many years.

Surviving in addition to his wife Donna, are two daughters, Katherine (Lloyd) Oudinot of Warren, Ann (Jeff) Harten of Holland, Michigan a son, Jeffrey Hunter Mutzabaugh of Bradford, five grandchildren, one niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother Joseph Mutzabaugh.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, December 28, 2010, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm at Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church, at 1:30pm on Tuesday, December 28th, with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, pastor, and Rev. Leo J. Gallina pastor of St. Bernard Church co-officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Mausoleum.

 

November 28, 2010, L. Malcolm "Ham" Hamilton Jr.

LM "Ham" Hamilton, 84, of Greensburg, PA passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2010. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Dolores Hamilton, also a noted trapshooter. He was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1943, attended the University of Pittsburgh, and was a Golden Panther. Ham was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy, was a member of American Legion Post 359, Irwin, and a life member of the Norwin Elks and LOOM Lodge 236, Irwin. Hamilton, a PSSA Board Member and a trapshooter for many decades. In June of 1984 Hamilton tied for the PSSA State Handicap Championship at Elysburg with a 97x100, finishing runner-up to Emilie Peters of Shavertown. Both broke 97's. He was selected to the Vet All State Teams in 1996 and 1998. "Ham" was a long time auto dealer, Hamilton Buick, Pontiac and GMC in Irwin and also operated a large sporting and retail gun business  called Hi-Grade Shooting Supplies. His big white tent for the first vendor along vendors row at Elysburg.

Newspaper Obituary

 

L. Malcolm "Mr. Ham" Hamilton Jr., 84, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at home. He was born June 11, 1926, in Irwin, a son of the late Louis Malcolm Sr. and Winifred C. (Britton) Hamilton, and was also preceded in death by his second wife, Dolores Hamilton. He was the owner of Hamilton Buick, GMC, Mazda and Subaru of Irwin, which he began after purchasing the former Davis Buick in 1955. He became the youngest Buick dealer in the country at that time. He also operated Hi Grade Shooters Supply.

He was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1943, attended the University of Pittsburgh, and was a Golden Panther. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Delmont, and served on the board of directors for the camp at Jumonville. He was a member of Shidle Lodge No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons, Irwin, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, Syria Temple, and Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Westmoreland Forest No. 77; the National Buick Dealers Council, the National Automotive Dealers Association, the Amateur Trapshooters Association and was a board member of the Pennsylvania Trapshooters Association. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Sportsman Association, the Ride and Hunt Club, and was an honorary deputy sheriff of Westmoreland County.

He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy, was a member of American Legion Post 359, Irwin, and a life member of the Norwin Elks and LOOM Lodge 236, Irwin. He was an avid reader, loved photography, and had a passion for music, especially jazz. Surviving are his wife, Ann (Parks) Hamilton; children, Bruce C. Hamilton Sr., of North Huntingdon, Frances M. Hamilton, of Greensburg, and Susan H. Darroch and her husband, T.J., of North Huntingdon; stepchildren, Terri Crutchfield, of Sebring, Fla., and Cindy Dady, of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Bruce C. Hamilton Jr., Eric Hamilton, Kaitlin, Samantha and Gregory Darroch; step grandchildren, Taylor Crutchfield and Kaitlyn and David Dady; great-grandchildren, Eleana and MacKenzie Hamilton; sister, Betty Henschel and her husband, William, of South Euclid, Ohio; also nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the WILLIAM SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, 521 Main St., Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held Thursday, at a time to be announced, in Faith United Methodist Church, 305 Freeport Road, Delmont, PA 15626. Those attending are asked to go directly to the church. Interment with military honors will follow in Penn-Lincoln Memorial Park, North Huntingdon. Those wishing may contribute to Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease, UPMC Montefiore, NW 628, 3459 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The family would like to especially thank good friend and caregiver, Dick Forsythe, Drs. Grant Shevchik and Kevin Gibson and the staff at Simmons Center for their compassion and excellent care.. 

 

September 30, 2010, Howard Hart Jr.

                  

Howard E. Hart Jr of Wernersville PA passed away on Sept. 30, 2010 at the age of 85. He was a member of the "greatest generation." Since the 1960's he registered 62,750 targets, winning trophies in Pennsylvania and various other shoots along the East Coast. He served as president of South End Gun Club and Rajah Shrine Gun Club. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and worked 40 years for the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.
  It would not be an exaggeration to say that no one enjoyed going to a shoot more than Howard. To my knowledge he only missed the PA State Shoot one time (1977) during his shooting career. He had attend his nephew's wedding in N.C. It was a scheduling error I was reminded of often in the intervening years. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know and shoot with him.
He is survived by his widow, Fern, one son, two daughters, and 7 grandchildren. Report submitted by nephew Randy Krick.

Editors Note: I have known Howard all my trapshooting career which now covers 50 years. I have always had great respect for Howard during that time. I shot along side of him many times. Always a gentlemen, he could break targets with the best of them. He won the coveted Berks County July 4th championship in 1964 with a 99x100 and several South End Gun Club championships.

Howard tied for the Open Singles Championship at the 1966 ATA Southern Zone Championships held at the Nashville, Tennessee Gun Club. Tied for the open title was Howard and Steve Williams with 198's. The shootoff went 4 rounds with Williams breaking all 100 while Howard lost a target in the fourth overtime event. He settled for the Open Class B award. During his time he would always be seen cashiering, squadding, or organizing many major shoots at the oldest continually active gun club in America.

August 29, 2010, Porter Gearhart

Porter Gearhart, of Warren, age 79, died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 29th at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

He was born February 8th, 1931, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to the late Porter L. and Bernice Gearhart. Porter graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. He was an active alumni member and supporter of the college throughout his life. He was also a devoted member of the Tau Phi Delta fraternity. Porter served in the US Air Force and achieved the rank of Major before retiring in 1961. After retiring from the Air Force he worked for the US Forest Service as a Timber Management Assistant for thirty two years, retiring in 1986. A long time resident of Warren, Porter was an avid trap shooter and member of the Sheffield Rod and Gun Club and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his close friends. Porter truly had a passion for life. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his beloved Frances Caruso who resides in Kane, Pennsylvania. Porter and Francis enjoyed spending time together for over forty years. Theirs was a wonderful love and friendship that few ever find in this life; and a cousin Dr. Ed Gearhart, VA.

No funeral service will be held. Those wishing to place memorials in his memory may do so through the Sheffield Rod and Gun Club or the Warren County Humane Society.

April 6, 2010, Amerigo Pagliaroli

1932-2010

October 05, 1932 - April 06, 2010:
Our trapshooting fraternity has lost a real sportsmen. Amerigo Pagliaroli died April 6, 2010. We all have our own stories about this beloved man who befriended all of us with his help and friendship. His love of trapshooting was only transcended by "football" (we here in America call it soccer.) He lived for the day his beloved Italian team would win the World Cup which they did in 2006. When the event was in the United States in 1994 he spent the summer going to match after match all over the country. He was selected to 8 Industry and 2 Vet All American teams and always attended the shoots at Elysburg. I had the privilege of shooting with him for years on a squad which included Bobby Miller, John Manetta, David George, Amerigo and myself. He was hired by Dick Baldwin, another shooting friend, to work for Remington.

Newspaper Obituary: Amerigo Pagliaroli, age 77, of Trumbull, a retired employee of Remington Arms Co. and Moore Special Tool Co., Bridgeport, CT, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Born in Veroli, Province of Frosinone, Italy on October 5, 1932, he was the son of the late John and Maria Viselli Pagliaroli. He was a Korean War era veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Ülm, Germany. While in the army, he won the Featherweight division Vienna Command Invitational Boxing Tournament trophy in January 1955. Amerigo, a life-long trap shooter and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Amateur Trapshooting Association, was the manager of the Remington Gun Club in Lordship until its closing in 1986, and then became part of Remington’s Shooting Promotion and Marketing Department representing the company at all major shoots throughout the country. He participated annually in partner trap shoots such as the Grand American at which he won back-to-back Grand American Industry Championships, a feat not previously achieved by any other shooter. In 1991 Amerigo won the Industry Clay Target Championship at the Grand American, the most prestigious of all Grand American Events. At the time of his induction, he had shot in excess of 320,000 registered targets in his illustrious career. In 1996, Amerigo was inducted to the Connecticut Trapshooting Hall of Fame. Amerigo was also passionate about his soccer with Inter Milan being his favorite team. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1949, he immediately began seeking out local soccer clubs. He played soccer at a professional level for the Italian Community Center, Bridgeport City of the Connecticut Soccer League, Vasco da Gama, the Swedish Athletic Club and Schwaben Hall. Survivors include his beloved wife of fifty four years, Pasqualina (Pat) Labagnara Pagliaroli, a daughter Rosemary Pagliaroli Collins and her husband, Attorney Kevin F. Collins of Easton, three grandchildren, Caitlin (Kit), Kevin Amerigo, and Cassandra Collins of Easton, three devoted sisters and brothers-in-law, Angelina and Remo Pagliarella, Emma and Adelmo Lia, of Stratford and Sue and Phil Ferrari of Trumbull. He is also survived by many beloved nephews and nieces. Amerigo was pre-deceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Ida and Enrico Cristini, his nephew, John Lia and his great-niece, Patricia Cristini.

March 23, 2010, Bill Shupert

Veteran Pennsylvania trapshooter Bill Shupert of Elizabethtown passed away on March 24th, 2010. Bill was 83 years old. He coached Little League in Elizabethtown, was an avid trapshooter. Bill served during WWII in the U.S. Navy, He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star and was discharged as a Torpedoman Third Class. Bill was a lifetime Member of Conewago Rod and Gun Club, ATA and the NRA. He was an Alumni and an avid fan of Ohio State. For this we can forgive you. Bill was born in Ohio and shot the shoots at Elysburg for decades. He was a two time trophy winner at the Grand American, winning the Vet title in the Ohio Handicap in 1991 and also won the Vet award in the Gene Anastasio Singles in 1992 with a perfect 100 straight.

Newspaper Obituary: William H. Shupert William H. Shupert, 83, of Turnpike Road, Elizabethtown, died March 26, 2010. He was the loving husband of Kathleen Smith Shupert and they celebrated 23 years of marriage this past January 5th. Born in Wilmington, OH, he was the son of the late William and Pearl Collins Shupert. Bill served during WWII in the U.S. Navy, received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star and was discharged as a Torpedoman Third Class. Bill played a major role in the growth and success of the Donegal Mutual Insurance Company, Marietta, where he served as Senior Vice President of Underwriting and Chief Underwriting Officer for many years. He also served on the company's Board of Directors. Bill was a loyal and dedicated employee of the company for over 58 years and will be deeply missed by his co-workers. He coached Little League in Elizabethtown, was an avid trap shooter, Lifetime Member of Conewago Rod and Gun Club, American Trap Shooting Association and was a member of the NRA. Bill was an Alumni and an avid fan of Ohio State. Surviving in addition to his wife are five children, Dr. Charlotte Shupert (Eric) Westman, Portland, OR, Cheryl Collins, San Francisco, CA, Whitney (John) Kauffman, Columbia, Catherine Rich, Marietta, and William C. Shupert, Elizabethtown; ten grandchildren; one great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by three siblings. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Bill's Life Celebration Funeral Service 12:30 P.M. Wednesday from the Boyer Funeral Home, Ltd., 144 E. High Street, Elizabethtown, PA. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at 2: 30 P.M. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 7 - 9 P.M. at the funeral home in addition to 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Wednesday. Please omit flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Dept. of PA, 4219 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.www.lifecelebration.com

November 26, 2009, Jean Hunsberger
(PSSA Hall of Fame)
(Twice Eastern Zone Ladies Singles Champion)

Pennsylvania Hall of Famer Jean Hunsberger died on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. She was 79. Jean was inducted in 1996. Won 3 women's Pennsylvania State Handicap Championship's, 1965, 1967 and 1968 --- Won 2 ATA women's Eastern Zone Singles Championship's, 1965 and 1968 --- She was runner-up 4 times in women's high singles averages --- She was runner-up 2 times in women's high handicap averages --- She tied for the overall Pennsylvania Handicap Championship in 1968 with a 98 x 100 --- Finished runner-up once in the women's Pennsylvania State Handicap Championship --- Member of 1972 All State Team --- Won many other trophies in state shoot competition --- Won 7 women's Middle Atlantic Singles Championship's --- Outstanding feminine shooter of the 1960's and 1970's. Husband Bill, who died in 1980 on the night Ronald Regan was elected president, was also a PA HOF shooter.

Newspaper Obituary: Jean Johanna Hunsberger, 79, of North Catasauqua died Thursday, November 26th in her home. She was the wife of the late William Hunsberger who died November 4, 1980. She was born August 27, 1930 in Cementon, the daughter of the late Anton and Theresa (Burritsch) Wagner. Jean worked at Cross Country Clothes for 40 years. She was a member of Young at Heart of BVM, Northampton. Jean and her husband competed in Championship Trapshooting and she was in the Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame. Survivors: Daughter, Carol, wife of William R. Lonergan, of Hagerstown, MD.; two granddaughters, Chelsea Elizabeth and Devon Victoria; companion, John Pruzinsky Sr., of Allentown; brothers, Adolph Wagner and his wife Peggy, of Allentown, John Wagner, of Northampton; sisters, Helen Klock, of Allentown, Margaret, wife of Bruce Kelly, of Allentown; beloved black lab, Molly; and grand-dog, Lucy. Services: Monday, November 30th at 2:00 p.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home 326 E. 21st ST. Northampton. Family and friends may call Monday 1-2:00 in the funeral home. Burial will be in Allen Union Cemetery, Northampton. Contributions: Memorials may be presented to Lehigh Valley Hospice c/o funeral home.                            ....Allentown Morning Call

October 29, 2009, Alan Ray

Alan Ray, 82, husband of Rita (Becker) Ray of Kimberton, PA, died on Thursday, October 29, 2009

Born in Phoenixville, PA, he was the son of the late N. Clyde and Alice (Sykes) Ray.

He was a graduate of Phoenixville High School, Class of 1945, and a graduate of Spring Garden Institute, Class of 1951. He served three years in the United States Coast Guard.

He was a lifetime member of the ATA and the NRA, a charter member of the Kimberton Fish and Game and a member of the West Chester Gun Club.

He attended many state and zone shoots at Elysburg and could always be found at his trailer in Campgrounds A at Elysburg. 

September 12, 2009, George Landis

George Landis died on Saturday, September 12, 2009. George and the Glen Rock Shooting Club went hand in hand. He had a smile that could light up a room. He was instrumental in the induction of Glen Rock Shooting Club into the PA Trapshooting Hall of Fame. Mr. Landis started winning trophies 45 years ago and has many PA state shoot awards. He became the 8th PA shooter punched to the 27 yard line in 1968. 

Newspaper Obituary: York, PA... George E. Landis, Jr., 87, died Saturday, September 12, 2009, at Barbara J. Egan Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was the loving husband of the late Mary R. (Molison) Landis. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Life Tributes by Olewiler and Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 35 Gotham Place, Red Lion, with the Rev. Dr. Dennis E. Hamsher officiating. A visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Longstown United Methodist Cemetery, with a flag folding provided by the York County Veterans Honor Guard. Mr. Landis was born November 1, 1921, in York, a son of the late George E. and Cora (Adair) Landis. Mr. Landis is survived by a son, George E. Landis, III and wife, Pat of York; a daughter, Sandra L. Sackett of Red Lion; three grandchildren, Kelly A. Landis, Daniel C. Sackett, and William T. Sackett; a great-grandchild, Victoria Sackett; a sister Marie Haupt of Dover; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to York Rescue Mission, 367 W. Market St., York, PA, 17404; or Salvation Army, 50 E. King St., York, PA, 17401. 

May 15, 2009, Douglas Bogolea

We are saddened to announce the unexpected passing of Douglas E. Bogolea on May 15th 2009. Born on December 24, 1943 and raised in Beaver County located outside of Pittsburgh, at the time of his death he lived in Harmony Pennsylvania. Doug was an avid trap shooter and was especially proud of attaining the ATA ranking of a 27 yard shooter. In his shooting career he registered over 100,000 birds and won many awards. In his last tournament at the Pennsylvania Western Zone Shoot at Ruffsdale Pa, on May 10th, just five days before his death, Doug took home the trophy as open Vet. It was the first shoot that Doug participated in as a Vet.

Doug was a life member at Millvale Sportsman's Club. He could be found at MSC every Sunday for trap practice as well as Wednesday for the in-house league shoots. He will be sorely missed by all of his friends at MSC and in particular by his buddies from the Wednesday league who shared meals, drinks and jokes with Doug for so many years. Doug's sense of humor was unique. He rarely called his friends by their real names, instead he made up nicknames for them dubbing them "Hogmite", "Tiny Tot", "Smooth Brother", "Tupoc Schitzen", "Harry Potter" and his closest friend whom he called "Fat Bastard".

Away from the trap fields, he held the position as Service Manager at Miller and Son Chevrolet located in Aliquippa, PA. Remarkably in these times, he was a loyal employee of Miller and Sons for over 46 years. His customers held him in high regard for his honesty and commitment to customer service.

Doug is survived by his wife, Joyce, sons Bobby Verdoni and Brian Bogolea and step daughters Julie Rubright and Jackie West.

Obituary provided by Glenn Kelly

March 14, 2009, George Hempt

George Hempt of New Cumberland, PA passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2009. Mr. Hempt was 65. I got to know George when he became a neighbor to me in the upper camp grounds at Elysburg. His firm, Hempt Bros. Construction, constructed many miles of roads in the state as well as all the groundwork and construction for the PSSA expansion in the 1990's at the homegrounds. He was an avid trapshooter as well as a breeder and owner of race horses. He was an avid polo player, golfer, amateur driver, snowmobiling and trap shooter. George made a significant contribution to harness racing through his ownership and breeding of horses.

Newspaper Obituary: George F. Hempt, 65, of New Cumberland, passed away Friday at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice House. He was born September 17, 1943 to Martha Dapp and the late Max C. Hempt.

George was President and Chairman of the Board of Hempt Bros., Inc., Chairman of the M.S. Polo Benefit; member of Central PA Sports Hall of Fame; Board Member of the Standardbreed Breeders Association, Past President of Penn National Horsemen's Association, and was dedicated to the sport of Harness Racing as both a breeder and owner of race horses. Mr. Hempt was a member of Masonic Lodge #681 F&AM, Shriners Mounted Patrol, and Jesters. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Camp Hill. He attended Shippensburg State College, was a member of the notorious West Shore Think Tank and Reciprocity Club. George was an avid polo player, golfer, amateur driver, snowmobiling and trap shooter.

Surviving are his wife, Judy; a son, Max J. and wife Amy of Carlisle; a daughter, Christine Murphy of Mechanicsburg; a brother, Gerald and wife Lynn of New Cumberland; 2 sisters, Marian and husband Evan Semoff of Camp Hill and Martha and husband Bill Bair of Ohio; 3 grandchildren, Ellen, George, and Samantha; 4 nephews and 1 niece.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday from Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut Street, Camp Hill, with Dr. Reverend J. Stewart Hardy officiating. Private burial will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m., Wednesday from the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central PA Chapter, 2040 Linglestown Road, Suite 104, Harrisburg, PA 17110. 
www.pennlive.com/obits 

March 3, 2009, Robert Frankel

Robert Frankel Sr., 68, of Walnutport, passed away March 3, 2009, in Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Judy Frankel. Judy is a long time PSSA squadder. She also in charge of PSSA RV leases and annual non lease RV spots. Bob was a life time member of Amateur Trapshooting Association, Lappawinzo Fish and Game Club, Northampton, East Bath Rod and Gun Club. In 2007, Bob was Vet RU in the Handicap Championship at the Keystone Open and also secured the Class D award in the ATA Doubles Championship at the 2007 ATA Eastern Zone Shoot at Elysburg. He also won the HAA and HOA in his class at the 2006 PA Grand. Bob also won the Class D Singles title in Ollock Singles at the 2006 PA State Shoot. 

Newspaper Obituary: Robert Big Bob Frankel Sr., 68, of Walnutport, passed away March 3, 2009, in Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Judith A. (Binder) Frankel. They celebrated their 43rd anniversary this past May. Born in Easton, he was the son of the late Anton G. Frankel and Florence (Krock) Frankel Longenbach. He was in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of St. Paul UCC Indianland Church. Bob worked as a supervisor at Horsehead Industries, formerly the NJ Zinc Co., Palmerton for many years before retiring in 2001. He was a life time member of Amateur Trapshooting Assoc., Lappawinzo Fish and Game Club, Northampton, East Bath Rod and Gun Club, American Legion Post #16, Slatington and the Diamond Fire Companies, Walnutport Survivors: Wife; son, Robert Frankel Jr. of Bloomsburg; brother, Joseph Frankel of Allentown; sister, Johanna Frankel of Northampton. Graveside Services: Private. Arrangements, Harding Funeral Home, 25-27 N. 2 Street, Slatington. Contributions: St. Pauls UCC Indianland Memorial Fund, c/o the funeral home. Published in the Morning Call on 3/5/2009 

January 9, 2009, Billy Giron

Billy Giron passed away on Friday, January 9th, 2009. He was just 17 years old. He was born in Latrobe, the son of William F. Giron Jr. and the late Tamara Nagy Giron. Billy was a former student of the Hempfield Area School District and a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and the ATA. He was Junior first team All State selection in 2008 and again in 2009. In 2007 Billy won the Sub-Junior HAA and Doubles title's at the Pennsylvania State Shoot and in 2006 he won the state Sub-Junior Singles title with a 196x200. Billy won major Junior awards at the 2008 Keystone Open and PA Grand and took home 8 trophies at both the 2007 and 2008 PA State Shoots. He was a great young man as well as a gifted shooter. His photo was on the November Trap & Field cover after winning the Junior Handicap, HOA and HAA titles at the 2008 Northeastern Grand in New York. He and his dad were constant helpers at shoot-offs during all of our tournaments at Elysburg.

Newspaper Obituary: William F. Giron II, 17, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at his home. He was born in Latrobe, the son of William F. Giron Jr. and the late Tamara Nagy Giron. Billy was a former student of the Hempfield Area School District and a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and the ATA. He was preceded in death, besides his mother, by his grandfather, William F. Giron Sr. Surviving, in addition to his father, are his grandmother, Helen Giron, of Greensburg; sisters, Danielle Ringling, serving with the Navy, and Carrie Giron, of Pittsburgh; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A private prayer service for his family will be celebrated, with entombment to follow in the Greensburg Catholic Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Kepple-Graft Funeral Home  of Greensburg, entrusted with the arrangements. Sign William Giron II's online guestbook now.

December 18, 2008, Peter George

Pete George, one of our finest trapshooters in Pennsylvania, passed away on Thursday, December 18th. Pete was 71 years old. He was a former broker for the Erie Insurance Company, retiring in 1996. He was a first team All State selection in 1994, 1980, 1979 and 1976. Pete won the state doubles title in 1978 and in 1971 he was the state singles runner-up with a 199x200. In 1990 his doubles average of .9618 was the second high in the state. In 1980 Pete won the PSSA Western Zone double title with a 96 than again two years later with a 97. He also enjoyed boating, hunting, trap shooting, and was a member of Bay City, North East, and Erie County Gun Clubs, and the Grouse Society. He also had competed in the Olympic Trials in Trap Shooting. Surviving are his beloved wife of 43 years, Dorothy C. Smith George; his mother, Perina, of Erie; two sisters in law, Mabel Gianoni, of Erie, and Doris Sutley, of Franklin; and 14 nieces and nephews.


Newspaper Obituary: Born in Erie July 5, 1937, he was the son of Perina Mangini George and the late Peter A. George. He attended Sacred Heart and Cathedral Prep and graduated from Tech High School. Peter was an insurance agent and broker for various companies, and retired as broker with Erie Insurance in 1996. He loved his Catholic religion and had completed his Cursillo. He also enjoyed boating, hunting, trap shooting, and was a member of Bay City, North East, and Erie County Gun Clubs, the Grouse Society, and the Siebenbuerger Club. He had competed in the Olympic Trials in Trap Shooting. Surviving are his beloved wife of 43 years, Dorothy C. Smith George; his mother, Perina, of Erie; two sisters in law, Mabel Gianoni, of Erie, and Doris Sutley, of Franklin; and 14 nieces and nephews. 

Calling at Brugger Home for Funerals, West 38th at Greengarden Blvd., Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. Services there Monday at 9:30 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. George Catholic Church at 10 o’clock. Burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery. 

Memorials to the Humane Society or St. George Church. 

December 10, 2008, Debbie Piaquadio

Trapshooting champion Debbie Piaquadio passed away on December 10th, 2008 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital. She was 54. Debbie broke a 198 and finished third in Class B at the 2006 Westy Hogans. (picture) Debbie and her husband Chet celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in August. Services: Calling hours will be held on Sat. from 11am till 1pm at Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave. Allentown. www.weberfuneralhomes.com Contributions: In lieu of flowers please send memorials in Deborah’s name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Attn: Gift Mgmt. 5005 LBJ Freeway Ste# 250 Dallas, TX 75244 

 


Newspaper Obituary: Deborah Piaquadio, 54, passed away Dec.10 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Salisbury Twp. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Irene (Beahn) and Charles Laube. Deborah was the wife of Chester “Chet” Piaquadio; they celebrated 30 yrs. of marriage in Aug. Deborah was employed by Dun & Bradstreet as a collector for the past eight yrs. She was a Life Member & Treasurer at North End Rod & Gun Club. She was also an ATA Trap Shoot member. Survivors: Husband; son, Robert Weighknecht and wife Jennifer of Macungie; granddaughter, Jamie; brothers Richard and Ronald Laube; sister, Linda Milkovits; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sister Marianne Sago. Services: Calling hours will be held on Sat. from 11am till 1pm at Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave. Allentown. Contributions: In lieu of flowers please send memorials in Deborah’s name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Attn: Gift Mgmt. 5005 LBJ Freeway Ste# 250 Dallas, TX 75244 

August 3, 2008, Jim Burk

Everyone knew Jim Burk. He was a member of the PA Hall of Fame committee, loved guns and trapshooting and his wife of 57 years Donna. Jim was known by thousands in the world of Antiques, promoting shows in and around York, PA. His love for his wife, his dog, antiques and trapshooting were legend. He also promoted and ran trapshooting classes for Hall of Famer Frank Hoppe in Lancaster County. Jim Burk will be missed by all of his trapshooting friends.

Newspaper Obituary: James Robert "Jim" Burk, Sr., 78, of Washington Boro, entered into rest on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at the Essa Flory Hospice Center, Lancaster.

Born September 8, 1929, in Peach Bottom, he was the son of the late Edward L. and Lula (Drake) Burk. He was married to Donna M. (Stermer) Burk on April 12, 1953.

Mr. Burk was a nationally known antique show promoter and dealer. He managed the Greater York Antique Show and Sale for 38 years plus other shows at various locations. He was a member of the ATA (Amateur Trapshooting Association), NRA, various sportsmen clubs, and an avid big game hunter.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Washington Boro; two sons, James R. Burk, Jr., husband of Flo, of Lancaster, Jeffrey L. Burk, husband of Tracy, of Lancaster; a daughter, Tamara Burk Gebhart, wife of David C. Gebhart, Jr. of Lancaster; six grandchildren; a great granddaughter; three brothers, Edward Burk, Jr., Donald Burk, Richard Burk; and two sisters, Janet West and Audrey Henry. He was preceded in death by a brother, William and a grandson, Brent Burk.

Funeral Services will be held at the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home, 320 Blue Rock Road, Route 999, Millersville, PA, (717)-872-2266 on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 2 PM. Private Interment will be in St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Felton, PA. Friends may view and visit with the family at Scheid's between 11 AM and 2 PM on Wednesday. Please omit flowers. Memorial Remembrances can be made in Jim's memory to Hospice of Lancaster County. 
 

January 17, 2008, Ed Dunigan

Thomas Edward Dunigan, formally of Langhorne, PA, died on January 19, 2008 at the age of 99. 

Mr. Dunigan had been president of the old Roxborough Gun Club. The club was forced to close in the 1990's by the city of Philadelphia. He was a past high chief of the Atlantic Indians.

During his career, the ATA life member registered 107,800 singles, 26,050 handicap and 8,350 doubles targets.

Ed donated many items of the late Mary Christopher to the PA Hall of Fame. He also donated many high value silver trophies and medals that once belonged to Steve Crothers to the ATA Hall of Fame. He shot with Crothers and Mary Christopher for years. 

December 6, 2007, Howard "Bubby" Moyer 

Howard was the husband of PA Hall of Famer Catherine Moyer. He lived in Collegeville, PA. Howard could be seen at all the PSSA shoots and shot large amounts of targets. His trophy list was long. 

November 28, 2007, C. K. Miller

C. K. Miller passed away on November 28, 2007. He was 94 years old. Miller was an avid trapshooter and shot ATA registered targets in and around Berks County, PA. Also participated in many state shoots and was a top class shooter.

Newspaper Obituary: C. Kenneth Miller, 94, Boyertown, died Nov. 28, 2007, in Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient since Nov. 22. He was predeceased by his wife, Mahretta V. (Darrah) Miller, on June 5, 1998. 

Born in Boyertown on Oct. 23, 1913, he was a son of the late Charles and Viola (Frey) Miller. He worked as an electrician and electrical troubleshooter, last working at Fromm Electric, Reading, as a sales and layout man for 12 years, retiring in 1980. Kenneth served 21 years with the Pennsylvania Fish Commission and 22 years with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. 

He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, Boyertown Rod & Gun Club, South End Gun Club, Fraternal Order of Orioles, Boyertown; Brooks Hills Hunting Lodge, Morris; Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Company, Boyertown; and Oley Fire Company. He was a member of POS of A Lodge 104, Boyertown; and Pikeville Sportsmen’s Association. He is survived by a daughter, Alanna J., wife of Melvin R. Schucker, Shillington. 

Other survivors include four grandchildren: Donald C. Miller, Lisa J. Nellius, Vicki L. Weiler and Michele R. Kleinspehn; and two great-granddaughters, Chelsea Miller and Courtney Fichthorn. He was also predeceased by two sons, Donald C. Miller, in 1967, and C. Kenneth Miller Jr., in 1984; and a great-grandson, Chad R. Miller, on July 10, 2007. Memorial services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc., 111 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown, with the Rev. Eugene C. Zaiser, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bechtelsville, officiating.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown. Relatives and friends will be received Tuesday between 10 and 11 a.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Chad R. Miller Memorial Fund, 209 Water St., Boyertown, PA 19512.

November 4, 2007, Dennis Spancake
(PSSA Hall of Fame)

1938-2007

Dennis Spancake passed away last evening (Sunday night, Nov. 4, 2007) completely unexpectedly. I don't know any other details as I just received the phone call about 30 minutes ago  and there really is no further information available at this time. I will let you know of further details when they become available.

PA has lost a tremendous supporter of trapshooting and I and many others have lost a dear friend. Denny carried the message of PA trapshooting all over the East Coast and his positive personality and non-assuming manner earned him respect and friendships nationwide. We are going to miss him dearly and our hearts go out to Dot and the rest of Dennis' family.

Newspaper Obituary: In 2002 and 2004 Dennis shot at more combined targets than any other Pennsylvania shooter. Dennis M. Spancake, 68, of RR2 McAlisterville, died at 11:03 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, in the emergency room of Lewistown Hospital. He was born Dec. 14, 1938, in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, the son of the late Franklin M. and Nellie (Rarick) Spancake. His wife of 48 years, the former Dorothy L. "Dot" Lehr, whom he married June 13, 1959, survives.

     He was a 1956 graduate of Pine Grove High School and graduated from Millersville University with a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts. He was an industrial arts teacher for 31 years at Lehighton High School and East Juniata High School, retiring in 1991. In 1965, he started Spancake Studios, RR2 McAlisterville, retiring from there in 1996. Dennis was an avid outdoorsman who loved trap shooting, fishing and photography, but his greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

     In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Kim Kline and her husband Carl of Mount Olive, N.C., Roy Spancake and his wife Christina of Mechanicsburg and Greg Spancake and his wife Aldina of RR2 McAlisterville; one sister, Nancy Desmarias of New Hampshire; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Jane Aungst. A viewing will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 7 to 9 and a Masonic service at 8:45 by his fellow lodge members, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Brown Funeral Home Inc., 16 Westfall St., McAlisterville, where the funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

     The family will provide funeral flowers and kindly asks that memorial contributions be made in his memory to the Lost Creek Community Park, P.O. Box 37, McAlisterville, PA 17049, or the Pennsylvania State Trapshooting Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 327, Elysburg, PA 17824.

All American: (3)

  • 2005

  • 2006

  • 2007

PA All State: (6)

  • 1999 Men’s Team

  • 2000 Men’s Team

  • 2002 Men’s Team

  • 2005 Vet Team

  • 2006 Vet Team

  • 2007 Vet Team

Dennis broke 200x200 at PA State Shoot twice:

  • 2000: Tied for Class AA Singles in PA Class Championships, finished without trophy.

  • 2003: Tied for PA State Championship, finished with RU Class AA award.

Grand American:

  • 1992: Runner-up, Class A in Doubles Class Championship.

  • 1997: Runner-up, Class AA in Clay Target Championship.

This past year Dennis won 6 trophies at Elysburg including:

  • Vet Singles Championship at the Westy Hogans. 

  • Vet Singles Class Championship at the Westy Hogans. 

In 2002 and 2004 Dennis shot at more combined targets than any other Pennsylvania shooter.

January 4, 2007, Bud Garman
(PSSA Hall of Fame)

Bud Garman of Elizabethtown passed away at the age of 91 on Thursday, January 4, 2007. Bud became one of Pennsylvania's all time great vet and senior vet shooters. He won his first GAH trophy back in 1972 and than collected ten more in his historic career. His career year was 1988 when he collected 5 Grand trophies and was named the Pennsylvania Trapshooter of the Year, the first year it was awarded. He was honored on 8 ATA All American Teams, serving as Captain once and 10 All State Teams. Competing against the legendary David George in the Vet and Sr. Vet categories, he more than held his own. Like his contemporary David George, he was a friend of all trapshooters and a true sportsmen-gentleman. Additionally, he was an avid hunter and fisherman and also had his pilot's license. He was married 69 years to his wonderful wife Romaine. She traveled with him to all the major shoots.

Newspaper Obituary: Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Isaac and Emma Olweiler Garman.
He was the husband of Romaine G. Lamison Garman. They were married for 69 years on December 24, 2006.
Mr. Garman was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Elizabethtown for over 50 years, where he formerly served as a trustee.

Retiring in 1980, he was the owner/operator of Garman Welding in Elizabethtown. He was a member of the PA State Trap Shooting Association and was an All American with the Amateur Trap Shooting Association. Mr. Garman was also a 50 year member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge #682, F&AM, Elizabethtown, and was a member of the Conewago Rod and Gun Club. Additionally, he was an avid hunter and fisherman and also had his pilot's license.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Ober and a brother, Albert Garman. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert C., married to Michele Garman, Richmond, VA.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 398 Spruce Street, Elizabethtown at 11 a.m. There will be no viewing. The family will receive friends on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m., until the time of service.

Published in the Patriot-News on 1/5/2007.

October 11, 2006, Dick Baldwin

Richard A. "Dick" Baldwin, 69, of Danbury, died on Wednesday October 11, 2006. He was born in Danbury on January 13, 1937, to the late Helen and Clifford G. Baldwin.

He graduated from Danbury High School in 1955.

Dick was a life-long Danbury resident. He was an avid hunter and competitive trapshooter for 57 years. Dick was director of the National Trapshooting Hall of Fame located in Vandalia, Ohio. He worked for Remington Arms Company in Bridgeport as a professional shooter and advertising manager for 27 years. He is a member of the Eastern United States Trapshooting Hall of Fame and Connecticut Trapshooting Hall of Fame. He wrote numerous hunting and trapshooting articles for national publications. He wrote a book of historic trapshooting stories and co-authored a book with two other Remington pros on trapshooting.

He loved to hunt ruffed grouse and woodcock in Connecticut and his home in Chenango County, N.Y. with his family and friends. He also hunted deer, pheasant and duck all over the country. When he wasn't hunting, fishing or shooting, he was either telling stories or watching his beloved Yankees. During his career at Remington, he befriended many Yankee ball players who made ads for Remington and shared his passion for hunting. A high point in his life occurred when he was invited to spend a game in the Yankee dugout, where he sat wedged between Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Dick lived life to the fullest and died with no regrets. He was a dedicated father, husband, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Sally K. Baldwin; his daughters: Susan B. Sturdevant of Danbury and Sara B. Palmer of New Fairfield; his grandchildren: Rachel T. Sturdevant, Garrett B. Palmer and Grant E. Palmer; son-in-law, Todd Palmer; step-sons: Max T. Stein of Boulder, Colo. and Alex T. Stein of Danbury; numerous cousins, in-laws, and his faithful bird dog, Pie.

 

November 15, 2005, Joe Notopoulos

Two time Pennsylvania All State Team member Joe Notopoulos of York, PA died on November 15th, 2005. He was on the Vet Team in 1999 and the Senior Vet Team in 2004. He was 72. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and was a member of the ATA, the NRA, the Glen Rock Shooting Club, the Starview and Carlisle Gun Clubs, and the York and Adams County Gun Clubs. Joe won the Vet Doubles title at the 1999 PA Grand, the Preliminary Vet Doubles crown at the 2000 Northeastern Grand, was runner-up Vet at the 2002 Eastern Zone shoot in NY. He won the Senior Vet singles title at the 2004 Westy Hogans with a 198.

October 21, 2005, Orval Lewis

Orval S. Lewis, 78, of Greensburg, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at home. Orval won the 2003 PA Handicap Championship breaking a 99 and 25 straight in a shootoff with Jeff Yoder. He was born Jan. 29, 1927, in Wegley, a son of the late Emma Gongaware Lewis. He was a retired millwright with over 40 years of service, having retired from U.S. Steel, Edgar Thomson Works, Braddock. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operations, and was a member of American Legion Post 492, Manor. He was a member of the Irwin, Herminie and Ruffsdale Sportsmen's Clubs.

 October 19, 2005, Danny Zenzel

Danny Zenzel, Millville, PA, winner of many trapshooting awards including All State Vet selections in 2005 and 2004 died Wednesday, Oct 19, 2005. This past June he won the AA Singles runner-up award in the state Singles Championship with a 199. In 1993 he broke 200 to win the Class A title in the Clay Target Championship at the Grand American. In 2002 he was the Vet Singles Champion at the Keystone Open. Danny also won the Open Vet Singles title at the 2002 NY State Shoot. In 1999 at NY he won the Open Singles title with 199. His wife Phyllis is a PSSA cashier.

Zenzel Sr., 68, of Millville, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, in the woods near the family hunting cabin along Route 118. Born March 15, 1937, in Berwick, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary (Jurbala) Zenzel.

He attended Berwick Schools and was a member of Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church.

For 17 years, he worked in the buildings and grounds maintenance department of Berwick Weaving. Mr. Zenzel was an independent truck driver for five years and recently worked for Pennsylvania Aluminum in Berwick. He was also the founder of Keystone Target Company in Danville.

Among his interests were hunting and trapshooting, for which he received numerous awards over the past 33 years. He was president of the Claybuster 300 Trapshoot for the past 13 years.

Surviving is his wife of 47 years, the former Phyllis Boone; a daughter, Annemarie Carl of Bloomsburg; two sons: Daniel and his wife Cindy Zenzel, of Perkasie; David and his wife Sueann Zenzel, of Stillwater; three grandchildren: Daniel Zenzel III of Lancaster; Christopher Zenzel of Perkasie, and Alexis Carl of Bloomsburg; one sister, Mary Miholick of Berwick; and two brothers: Michael Zenzel Jr. of Bloomsburg and Frank Zenzel Sr. of Berwick.

A visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, from 9 a.m. until the time of services at noon from the Mayo Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Chestnut St., Berwick, with the Rev. James P. Weremedic, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Holy Annunciation Church Cemetery in Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Orangeville Sportsman's Club, Savage Hill, Orangeville, PA 17859 to fund sporting activities for youth.

October 7, 2005, Clyde Smith

Clyde Smith of Guys Mills, Pennsylvania passed away on October 7, 2005 in Meadville Hospital. He was the husband of the late Cathie W. Smith who passed away on December 15, 2003. Until recently illness has kept him from competing but he came to the local shoots for the fellowship. Clyde was a member of Konne-Yaut Indians Trapshooting Association, Bradford Gun Club, Saegertown Sportsmen's Club, Erie Crawford League, Lake and Valley League and PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass) trap team. He won various trophies in these leagues over his shooting career. Clyde will be missed by all who knew him.

June 22, 2005, Melvin Krepps
(PSSA Hall of Fame)

Melvin Krepps, 77 of Freedom, Pennsylvania passed away Wednesday, June 22 after a brief illness. Mel won 14 senior vet trophies at last years state shoot but was too ill to come to Elysburg this past week. He was Captain of the 2005 PSSA State Sr. Vet Team and also a member of the 2005 ATA Sr. Vet All American Team. He was a life member of the ATA for 43 years and on July 4, 1977 at the North Side Sportsmen’s Club in Warrendale, Pennsylvania he became the 17th person to break 100 straight from the 27 yard line and the first person East of the Mississippi to run 100 straight from 27 yards. On June 15, 1988 Mel became the sixty first shooter to complete trapshooting's "Grand Slam."

Mel shot 92,500 singles, 66,750 handicap and 44,650 registered targets during his long career.  He was selected to 14 Pennsylvania All State Teams including eight men's first team selections, five veteran and one senior veteran. He was named captain five times. He was also selected to five All American teams, including four first team Vet selections and one Senior Vet first team selection. In 1999 he won the Senior Vet Clay Target title at the Grand and was the Vet HAA in 1994. Mel was on the winning Pennsylvania State Team champions in 1966. In 1971 he finished Class AA champion in the CTC with 200x200 and won the Zone Champion/Champion on the same targets. In 1966 and 1972 he won the state HAA title and won the state HOA in 1966. He finished runner-up in the 1988 Pennsylvania Singles Championship. Krepps also won the ATA Eastern Zone Singles title at Elysburg in 1971 and the HAA award in 1967. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Trapshooting HOF in 1992. 

December 13, 2004, Leo Darroch

Leo K. Darroch, 78, of Hopewell Township, passed away on Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, in The Medical Center, Beaver, Pennsylvania. Mr. Darroch amassed 167,550 registered targets during his long trapshooting career including 85,100 singles and 66,450 handicap targets. He was a three time Vet All State Team member, from 1994 to 1996.Mr. Darroch was a member of the Aliquippa Bucktails, the first parish council of Our Lady of Fatima, Chevrolet-Legion of Leaders, Knights of Columbus, Millvale Sportsman's Club, National Rifle Association and the Amateur Trapshooting Asso. He is survived by two daughters, Claudia and Dorothy and a son, Kenneth. In addition to his parents, Leo was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Millicent Darroch; two brothers, Thomas A. Darroch and James J. Darroch, and two sisters, Mildred Cecconi and Kathleen Salvati. Among his many state and local titles won by Darroch was the Elysburg Handicap Sr. Vet title at the 2003 PA State Shoot.

March 27, 2004, David George
(PSSA and ATA Hall of Fame)

David George, a member of the ATA, PA and NY Halls of Fame died on March 27, 2004 at his home at the Silver Dollar in Florida. Twelve-time All-American David George began his shooting career in 1958. During his 33-year career, George shot at 224,950 singles, 112,150 handicap and 117,650 doubles targets. He had a 98% singles average nine times, posted 100x100 in doubles and 33 200x200 singles. His final perfect doubles score and his last two 200s in singles were in 1996, his last full year of registered competition, at age 78. He once missed his 100th handicap target from the 27 yard line which deprived him of his Grand Slam. 

December 21, 2003, Willard Feinour

Willard Feinour of Allentown, PA has passed away recently. Back in 1956 he was the Class D Doubles Champion at the Grand American. That same year he placed third in Class D in the Clay Target Championship. In 1985 he was the state runner-up in the Pennsylvania Handicap Championship. He shot at 224,450 ATA targets including 101,100 singles. 

December 15, 2003, Cathie Smith

Cathie Smith of Guys Mills, Pennsylvania passed away on December 15, 2003. She is survived by her husband Clyde Smith. She was one of the top women's trapshooters in the history of the PSSA and was buried on December 17th.

Cathie earned her way on 15 All State Teams, her last coming in 2001. She was one of a select few women who have tied for a major state title when she tied Emilie Peters and L. M. Hamilton for the state Handicap crown back in 1984 with a 97x100 and finished as the ladies champion. She also won the ladies Handicap title the following year. Cathie won the women's HAA title in 1985 and won two state women's Doubles titles, in 1977 and 1984 and was runner-up in 1988.

She shot 1300 targets last year and 142,400 lifetime targets. 

December 14, 2003, Bill Warburton

Bill Warburton, longtime PA trapshooter and for years a mechanic at the PSSA home grounds in Elysburg, passed away December 14, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer.

The viewing will be held at the Shaw Funeral Home on North Front Street in Milton, PA  from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on Wednesday, December 17.  Funeral will be from the funeral home on Thursday the 18th at 1:00.

Those interested in attending either should note that Front Street is a one-way street South.  Coming in from the South you will come up Arch Street and make a left on 2nd Street and go one block to Front.  Shaw's is just off of that intersection.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations in Bill's memory be made to the American Red Cross, Northeastern PA Region, 29 New Commerce Blvd., Ashley, PA  18706.  (Please note that his name was actually Jon W. Warburton although everybody called him Bill)

May 22, 2003, Herb Jones (PSSA Hall of Fame)

H. C. Jones (1916-2003) of Fawn Grove, PA dies in Florida on May 22, 2003. He was born on August 15, 1916. He attended over 50 Grand American Tournaments and over 50 Pennsylvania State Shoots. When he called for a target it would set off traps all down the line. He had his own trapshooting clothing business. Elected to the Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1990 --- Elected to 9 All American Teams, included captain of the veteran's team in 1984 --- Named to 9 Pennsylvania All State Teams --- Won the 1969 West Hogans Singles title --- Winner of three Class AA titles during the Pennsylvania Class Championships, twice with 200 straight --- Won the 1948 ATA Eastern Division (Zone) Handicap Championship, the 1963 Singles title and the 1966 HAA title --- Won the 1982 Veteran's Clay Target Championship at the Grand American.

February 27, 2003, Harry Steinback

Harry Steinback of Doylestown PA was killed yesterday when his single engine plane crashed in foul weather while he was en route to a hunting trip. Recently retired from his business in Doylestown, he was wintering at the Silver Dollar Gun Club, where he was flying from when the accident occurred. Both Harry and his wife Sally were regular competitors at the "Grand" as well as many other major shoots including the PA state shoot.

Newspaper Report: Pilot killed in plane crash in Screven County (The Associated Press)
A single-engine plane clipped a cable television tower and crashed Wednesday in Screven County, killing a 72-year-old Pennsylvania man, authorities said.
Fog and cloudy weather conditions may have contributed to the crash, Sheriff Mike Kyle said. Kyle identified the victim Thursday as Harry Steinbach of Doylestown, Pa. The Piper aircraft clipped the tower and crashed just after noon just south of Sylvania, which is about 60 miles northwest of Savannah. Kyle said the plane took off from central Florida and that Steinbach was headed somewhere in South Carolina for a hunting trip.

February 22, 2003,  Donald Haldeman

Don Haldeman passed away on February 22, 2003. He was 55. He won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1976 at the Montreal Olympics. On June 17th, 1994 he was awarded the special Achievement Award by the Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame. At that time he donated some of his personal Olympic memorabilia to the PA HoF, including the vest he used when he won the Gold Medal along with his Olympic credentials. 

In 1976, Donald Haldeman of Souderton, Pennsylvania became the second shooter from the United States to win an Olympic Gold medal in Trapshooting. On July 20, 1976, in Montreal, Haldeman completed his three day program with a score of 190 X 200, beating Marques Armando Silva of Portugal and Ubaldesc Baldi of Italy by one target. He joins Mark Arie as the only two Americans to win this most prestigious championship. Arie won his medal in 1920.

            Wind, background and extra hard targets were given as the reason why scores were not higher in the event. "The targets were very hard; you had to hit them right in the middle to break them." said Haldeman when interviewed after the event. Haldeman broke 72x75 on the first day, 71x75 the second day and 47x50 on the third day to win the title by one target.

February 19, 2003, Mahlon Schwar (PSSA Hall of Fame)

Mahlon Schwar of Emmaus, PA passed away on February 18, 2003 at the age of 99. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Trapshooting Hall of Fame in June of 1989. He was born on September 17, 1903 and was seven months away from his 100th birthday. He is one of 17 shooters this writer has had the honor to be a presenter at the HOF ceremonies. He is currently 17th on the all time ATA list of lifetime singles targets and third in Pennsylvania, having registered 334,800 targets. At one time, he was second in the entire ATA. He used a Winchester Model 12 for all of his targets.

Mr. Schwar would go to shoots and reload his shells from the back of his old green Packard. Once, in 1957, he and his great friend, Bill Savage of Doylestown, pulled the only shooter sit down strike at the PA State Shoot in a dispute over legal targets. Management would not adjust a trap they were about to shoot on so they staked out a place on the trap line with their chairs and proceeded to stay on their chairs until management made the corrections. (note: the targets were found to be indeed illegal.) Before each shoot he would take a sand paper pad out to the traphouse and sand the rubber on the arms of the trap.

One of the great trapshooting personalities in state history, he registered his first targets in 1938 and retired in 1982 due to an shoulder injury after falling off of a ladder at his home. He was self employed, maintaining and installing gasoline pumps at service stations. 

 

January 17, 2003, Harry Wellings

Harry Wellings could always be seen at the PA State Shoot in his small trailer he parked near the entrance to the RV area behind the Valley Gun Club. Winner of many vet and senior vet awards, Wellings died on Friday, January 17.

One time this writer was selling HOF raffle tickets when Mr. Wellings passed the table. I asked him if he would buy some raffle tickets. His reply was "I Don't give to trapshooting, I only take from trapshooting." I still laugh to myself at that answer. Of course, Harry purchased several tickets, but I never asked him again. He will be missed. 

 

August 27, 2001, Rudy Etchen (PSSA Hall of Fame) 

Rudy Etchen, a Trapshooting legend  passed away on Monday, August 27th, 2001. Rudy and his father Fred Etchen are both members of the Trapshooting Hall of Fame in Vandalia. In the short time he lived in Pennsylvania in the early 1960s, he won 8 major Pennsylvania championships. He won the Doubles and the HAA in 1960, 1962 and 1964 and the HOA in 1962 and 1964. His son Joel is a former PA Doubles champion, winning with a 99 in 1991. His grand-daughter Rebecca (Joel's daughter) is a former all state selection and won the Women's Vandalia Handicap in 1997.
More on the Etchen's of Pennsylvania

November 9, 2000, Lee Kemp

Lee Kemp of Topton, PA died in Allentown on November 9, 2000. He was 66 years old. Lee was an outstanding shooter in Eastern Pennsylvania, particularly in the Lehigh Valley and Berks County trap leagues, winning many top gun awards in both. A 27 yard ATA shooter, Lee won awards at the Pennsylvania State Shoot as well as many other shoots around Pennsylvania. He was a Korean war vet.

May 8, 2000, Nick Minniti

Nick Minniti of West Chester, PA passed away on May 8, 2000. He had been fighting cancer for several years. More information will be added when it becomes available to this site. 

March 2, 2000, Tony Mariano

Tony Mariano of West Chester, Pennsylvania died on March 2, 2000. He was the husband of Jean Mariano. Jean is on the PSSA Advisory Board and a many time Pennsylvania Women's All State Team member. For several years Tony was in charge of the large vendors row at the Pennsylvania State Shoot. He was also an expert golf club maker, often donating his sought after golf clubs to the PSSA Hall of Fame ticket drawings. Tony also donated his clubs to the silent auction of the ATA Hall of Fame, held each year during the Grand American.

January 10, 2000, Sam Boyd

It is with deep sorrow that we learn of the death of Sam Boyd of Oxford, PA. Sam was a 1991 ATA First Team Vet All American and a former winner of the Pennsylvania State Vet Singles Championship, winning the title in 1990 with a 197x200. Sam was also a past Grand American trophy winner, placing 3rd in the Vet Class in the 1989 Budweiser Handicap. In 1990 he placed second in the Vet Class in the Singles Class Championship with a 199x200 and perhaps his greatest win was the Vet Champion/Champions Singles title with a 100x100 that same year.

November 19, 1999, Barbara Kline

We have been notified of the death of Barbara Kline of Allentown, PA. Everyone knew Barbara. She worked the windows for the PSSA for years and was co-owner of Wildlife Den along with her husband Freeman Kline. She was just 60 years old. They had two wonderful children, Cheryl and Gary. Barbara worked for the Parkland School District.

webmasters note: I attended her viewing on Monday, November 22 and waited in line for one hour and 20 minutes.

April 9, 1999, Thomas R. Andress

We have been informed of the death of Thomas R. Andress of Hilltown Township, PA. He died on April 9, 1999 at his home. He was 67. Tom was an avid eastern Pennsylvania trapshooter, hunter and fisherman. He was on the Board of Directors of the Branch Valley Fish and Game Association. He was also a member of the ATA and the NRA.

April 9, 1999, Billy George

We have been informed of the death of Billy George, the last living son of Peggy and David George. Billy died on April 9th of complications from colon cancer, which he had been fighting for the last 18 months. David and Peggy also lost their other two sons. Our prayers go out to the George family on this tragic loss. The PSSA and all the shooters from Pennsylvania offer their condolences to Pennsylvania Hall of Fame member Dave George and his wife Peggy on the loss of his son Billy. Mr. George is also a New York Hall of Fame inductee and perhaps the greatest vet and senior vet shooter of all time. He is now retired from active trapshooting and living in Hawley, PA.

Webmasters Note: I attended the funeral of Billy George on Saturday, April 18. He leaves a wife and two children. The funeral was held in the Methodist Church in Hawley and was packed to capacity plus many standing in the back of the church. I visited with David and Peggy George after the funeral and they seemed to be in good spirits. We shared many stories about his shooting and hunting experiences. Billy was a fine junior shooter, winning major junior titles at the Grand American.

January 28, 1999, Howard Lewis (PSSA Hall of Fame)

We have been informed of the death of Howard Lewis, winner of five major Pennsylvania State Championships, including 3 singles titles and 2 HOA titles. He told me several years ago that he participated in 50 consecutive Pennsylvania State Shoots. He will be remembered as a master farmer and a legendary trapshooter. He died on December 15th, 1998 at the age of 86. His interests included playing baseball, boxing, motorcycle riding and figure skating. He set the standard for growing sweet corn. He farmed for over 70 years and always harvested his corn by hand and his farm became an institution in his area for young people who supplied to labor to pick the corn. I visited his farm on one occasion and was amazed at the quality of his soil and his farming operation. He will be missed.

October 10, 1998, Chester Snarski

We have been informed of the death of Chester "Chet" Snarski of Erie, PA. Mr. Snarski was 86 years old and died on October 10, 1998. He shot trap a week before his death. He has an array of top level awards to his credit, including the Sr. Vet title in the Richard Conner Handicap at this years Grand American. Just prior to this years GAH he shot his 100,000th ATA singles target.

July 28, 1998, George Curran

We have received word of the death of George Curran, the current PSSA secretary. George was also the shootoff announcer at the Pennsylvania State Shoot and the Grand American. George was a former New Jersey State ATA Delegate. 

July 28, 1998, Alan Roberts

We have learned of the death of Alan Roberts of Dallas, PA. He was an 8 time Pennsylvania All State Team member. He won the State Singles title in 1980. In 1978 he won the State HAA and HOA titles.