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Donald G. Day, 83, of Hallstead, PA passed away May 6, 2010 unexpectedly at home. He was predeceased by his wife, Beverly Cook Day, a sister Juanita Day Loar, and two sons, Craig and Donnie.

Don is survived by a step daughter, Jeanette E. and Pastor Rick Rosenkrans; a brother, Paul and Joanne Day; several grandchildren; and three nieces.

He was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II. Don was employed with the Pennsylvania Game Commission as the District Game Protector for thirty-six years. He was an active member of the Bluestone Masonic Lodge #338 F&AM and the Susquehanna County Historical Society and enjoyed documenting artifacts. He loved his community and was very civic minded.

A funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA with Pastor Rick Rosenkrans officiating. Inurnment will be made in Washington Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday prior to the service.


Roger Valentine, Jr., aged 60, of New Milford, PA succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on Thursday, May 6, 2010. He was the son of the late Roger Valentine, Sr. and Clara (Toots) Brown Valentine.

Surviving is his wife of thirty-six years, Diane Cavanaugh Valentine, her mother Marilyn Cavanaugh; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and John Conklin, Three Mile Bay, NY and Joan and Douglas Johnson of Chester Springs, PA; two nephews, Eric Conklin, Binghamton, NY and Mark and Amy Conklin, Chandler, AZ; two great nephews, Jacob and Lucas also of Chandler, AZ.

Roger retired from teaching at Montrose Area High School in 2006 and pursued outdoor pastimes, tennis, biking, hiking, fishing, and riding his motorcycle, until ALS claimed his life after a June 2007 diagnosis. Anyone wishing to honor his memory in lieu of flowers may contribute to MDA’s ALS division or Diakon Hospice Saint John’s Honesdale office.

At the request of Diane and Roger, a private gathering of family and faithful friends was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home in Hallstead, PA on Monday, May 10. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery at a later date.


John Cummings Clirehugh died March 12, 2010 at age 90. He had lived in Pennsylvania, in New Milford and before that Steven's Point, since about 1960. He was a retired electrical engineer and farmer.

John was born in 1919 in Hillside, New Jersey, the first of two children to John Alexander Clirehugh and Marion Hawkins Gray. Both parents were of Scottish and German ancestry. His was the fourth generation of Clirehughs in

John joined the U.S. Navy in 1939. He served on three submarines before retiring from active duty in 1948: USS O-7 SS68, USS Pollack SS180, and USS Tautog SS199. He was in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and was onboard the docked Tautog when the Japanese planes arrived. John, an electricians mate, was below decks passing up the ammunition to those sailors manning the machine gun, shooting down at least one Japanese war plane. He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor and was awarded the Bronze Star "for heroism in action against the Japanese in Pacific waters."

John was a member of several submariner groups including The Southern Tier Chapter of Submarine Veterans of WWII, The United States Submarine Veterans Inc Southern Tier NY Base, and The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

John was interested in motors and electronics from childhood. After World War II he attended the University of Pennsylvania where he studied electrical engineering. In 1953 he authored, along with GC Ring, MJ Oppenheimer, and Arnold J. Lee of the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, an article titled "Automatic Calibration of Electrokymograph Cardiac Densograms" which was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology and is currently available on the National Library of Medicine's website PubMed. In the mid 1950s he worked for Philco in France setting up a microwave communication system. Upon returning from France he settled in Pennsylvania and worked for Link Aviation (Singer-Link after 1968) in Binghamton, NY on its famous Link Trainer, a flight simulator used to train pilots.

John is predeceased by his wife Doris (Roesener) Clirehugh, who died in 2000; and his sister Marion Gray (Clirehugh) Dorey, who died in 2004.

John is survived by two nieces, Susan Dorey and Martha (Dorey) Bakonyi.

A memorial service is scheduled at Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, 25 Susquehanna Avenue, Hallstead, PA at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.


Memorial Service

A memorial will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 for Frederick (Fred) Ross, formerly of Ararat, who passed away on December 11, 2009. The service will be held at the Burnwood Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. with a meal to be shared after at the North Jackson Methodist Church. All who knew Fred are welcome.

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