He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Gertrude Jean Colwell. Also six children, Donna Colwell and Robert Slaughter, Jay Colwell, Eleanor and Mark Kotar, Sandra and Scott Fairbrother, Sarah and Guy Park, Eileen and Jon Jones; 11 grandchildren, Timothy and Missy, James and Sally, Gregory, Michelle and Brandon, Megan, Eric, Ryan, Adele, Jennifer, Miranda, Zachary; six great-grandchildren, Ethan, McKenna, Chloe, Chase, Logan, Noah; a brother, Arnold and Jane Colwell; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Eleanor; his step-mother, Anna Colwell; four sisters, Roberta Loucks, Fern Bell, Florence "Flossie" Beavan, Dorothy Quinn; eight brothers, Kenneth, Leslie, Howard, Gerald, Ralph, Richard, Arlyn, and Ronald.
Merle was a long time dairy farmer and member of Eastern Milk Producers Co-op, serving as the director. He was a man of many talents including construction, maintaining his equipment, caring for his animals, and a helpful friend for many. Merle was dedicated to his wife and family. He will be dearly missed.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00am, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend, PA.
Interment will be made in the South Windsor Cemetery.
Arrangements by the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the United Methodist Community Church, PO Box 586, Great Bend, PA 18821.
She was predeceased by her parents; former husband, James Sherman, Sr.; sister, Mae Eckhart; brother, Gary Compton; grandson, Brian Sherman.
She retired from a career, which she took great pride in, with Susquehanna County Transportation. Tate loved doing crafts, which included ceramics and making needlepoint cards. After retirement, Tate and Howard traveled with their camper to Arizona, Mexico, Texas and Florida. Tate and Howard decided to buy a winter home in Zephyrhills and spend their summers in their home in Susquehanna. In March of 2012, Tate suffered a stroke while in Florida that left her unable to travel back and forth from Zephyrhills to Susquehanna. She was able to return to Pennsylvania in October of 2017 and spend a few weeks with family; for this the family will always be grateful.
Tate will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Howard Gray Sr. of Zephyrhills, FL; sons, James (Bonnie) Sherman Jr. of Freeville, NY, Richard Sherman of Susquehanna, PA, Howard (Kathy) Gray Jr.; daughters, Amy (Jeffrey) Lesek of Honesdale, PA, Neen (Bob) Bracey, Susan Conway; grandchildren, Jennifer Sherman, Rachael (Toby) Baker, Holly Sherman, Jeffrey Sherman, Kaci Sherman, Katelyn Sherman, Jami Lesek; great-grandchildren, Michael Hilkert, Kerrin Groover, Chandler and Madalynn Baker, Emeri Mauldin. She is also leaves behind siblings, Raymond (Tina), Arthur (Gerry), David (Sandy), KaSandra, Christopher, Lynn Compton and Cindy Buono, many special nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends at Hennessey's Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, PA, from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, September 29, 2018.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1pm at the funeral home, with Pastor Kevin Setzer officiating.
Interment will be held in the Clifford Cemetery.
Born November 19, 1935 in Carbondale, she was the daughter of the late Doreen (Dunnier) Price and the late Ordie Edward Price, Sr., of South Gibson. Marilyn started her education in a one room school house in West Clifford. She graduated from Harford High School in 1953 and continued her education at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated in 1956 with a Diploma in Nursing. After she passed her nursing boards, Marilyn was employed with the Visiting Nurse Association of Susquehanna County, until she married the love of her life on July 4, 1959. After her marriage, Marilyn became a homemaker, private duty nurse and a mother. She was a long time member of the South Gibson United Methodist Church, its United Methodist Women, and served as Sunday School Superintendent and Organist.
Marilyn liked to tell stories to her family. After the hurricane of 1942, Marilyn traveled with her parents to Dunklee Pond, NH were they salvaged wood. During WWII, she was in Philadelphia, and Bremerton, WA, with her dog Dianne, as her parents contributed to the war effort by welding on ships. As a child she enjoyed piano and tap lessons. She always stressed to her children that their education was the most important achievement. Marilyn loved to cook, bake and preserve foods. She had an extensive cookbook and kitchen gadget collection. She shared her cooking knowledge with her extended family and friends who cherish her recipes to this day. She liked to write poems, articles and skits, especially for bible school.
Surviving are her son, Eric Price Lockwood of New Smyrna Beach, FL; her daughter, Keyna Dawn Lockwood Radtke; son-in-law, E. Joseph Radtke, Jr.; two grandchildren, Garrett Joseph Radtke and fiancée, Llang Taimanao, Kyle Morgan Radtke, all of Middletown, MD; a sister, Valerie Price Cole; brother-in-law, Jim Cole, West Clifford; a brother, Ordie E. Price, Jr.; sister-in-law, Aline Price, South Gibson; many nieces and nephews and longtime friends who will miss her greatly.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Craig K. Lockwood; sisters, Col. Alice Price Brown, RN, Irene Kennedy, Thelma Adams; brothers, Gaylord and Reese Price.
Family and friends may call Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the South Gibson United Methodist Church, 2839 State Route 2067, South Gibson. A funeral service will be conducted at 12:00pm and committal services to follow at the Willow View Cemetery, Clifford. A reception will be held at the Crystal Lake Hotel.
To share condolences and photos with Marilyn's family, visit her book of everlasting memories at www.parisefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the: American Cancer Society, 712 South Keyser Avenue, Taylor, PA 18517; Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Greater Pennsylvania, 1133 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218; or South Gibson United Methodist Church, PO Box 60, South Gibson, PA 18842.
Arrangements by the Parise Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 89 Farview Street, Carbondale, PA.
Marilyn Gorton, 74 of Susquehanna, PA passed away peacefully at Regional Hospital of Scranton on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
Marilyn was predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, William "Bill" Gorton; parents, "Cubby" and Romayne Osterhout; brothers, Dick and Bob Osterhout.
Surviving are her brother, Ronald Osterhout; sons, Carl and Kelli Gorton, Charles "Chuck" Gorton; grandchildren, Ashleigh and Shelbie Gorton, twins, Amber and Derik Gorton; step-granddaughters, Summer and Cassie Monta; one great-grandchild, Joseph Dryden III; sisters-in-law, Jerry Osterhout, Barbara Osterhout, Patricia Nagle Osterhout, Vivian Gorton, Carol Gorton; plus many nieces, nephews, cousins and very close friends.
Marilyn was a very sweet and gently soul and a very proud grandmother. She was a devoted Christian and always placed everyone else's needs before her own. She was a graduate of Susquehanna Community High School. This very special woman will be greatly missed by her family and friends. At her request, there will be no services.
Arrangements by Hennessey's Funeral Home, Inc., 747 Jackson Avenue, Susquehanna, PA.