Hiram Erza Pursley, Jr.

Born: Tue., Mar. 18, 1941
Died: Sat., Dec. 22, 2012

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Hiram Erza Pursley, Jr., 71, of Nittany Valley Drive, Mill Hall, PA, died on Saturday December 22, 2012 in the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.He was born in Adams, Massachusetts on March 18, 1941, the son of Hiram Ezra Pursley, Sr. and Julia Anne Cornely Pursley. His birth date so close to St. Patrick's Day gave him the lifelong nickname 'Pat'.He lived most of his life in the area and graduated from the Bald Eagle Nittany High School after which he served in the US Navy aboard the USS Lake Champlain during its participation in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. After his tour of duty, he returned home to work at Piper Aircraft. Later he worked with his father at Bald Eagle Chemical - now Croda, then helped his uncle Dr. John Ardell Pursley build another chemical plant under the name Bald Eagle Chemical, later to become Avery Dennison, from which he retired.He was preceded in death by his wife Linda Jean Stabley Pursley and a brother James Mossop Pursley. He is survived by his sister Julia Anne Pursley Nestlerode of Smithmill, PA, brother Ray Pursley II of Altoona, PA, daughter Barbara Ellen Pursley McElwain, three grand children ��" James McElwain, Alissa McElwain, Alexis Hoffman - and 3 great-grandchildren.Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are being completed by the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home, Lock Haven, PA. Online thoughts and memories can be made at www.yost-gedonfuneralhome.com

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Cousin Anne

Cousin Pat was only three years older than I...but when your cousin is in his 20s and a world traveller he seemed so admirable and mature. Not to mention slim and handsome. He gave me a pair of real Navy bellbottoms in the late sixites when they were in fashion....and they fit! The gregarious sailor became a bearded Santa in his later years as he coped with diabetes in a good humored way. We will miss him.

Cousin Connie

Pat and I had great affection for each other..lots of hugs and jokes. We tramped tbrough the Penna woods while he kidded me about not being afraid of the bears. We shared many laughs about surviving life in the wilds.

Craig "Boo" Vuccola

"Pat" was my trainer and supervisor early on at Avery Dennison and within a short time he became a friend and mentor. He taught me as many things about life as he did my job. And it was always done in the form of humor. His smile and practical jokes and the way he viewed life should be a model for all mankind. The world is a little less bright without Pat here with us. I will never forget this man and the things he taught me and the smiles he directly planted on my face. Work was never the same after he retired. Smile down on us Hiram. I will hopefully see you again someday.

Daniel Meyer (Avery)

My last time in Mill Hall was probably 15 years ago. When meeting someone you never know when you will remember them again. Rest in Peace


i really muss you and i lovr you wish you had a better life

John Hawk (Dutch)

Hiram was a big part of my growing up. The work ethic I have to this day I thank him for. "If you don't work, you don't eat" That little statement is so true. I llok back over my preteen years and have great memories of working on the farm and cutting and splitting wood in the winter. My thoughts and Prayers are with Barb and the rest of the family.

bob and judy mcclintick

so sorry for your loss.... my husband and i remember your dad and mother,,,, my husband works for dotterer farms and hiram and my bob are both grads of bald eagle nittany high school, God bless you and keep you all....

Pamela Walker Hevner

Dear Ray and Family, Sorry to hear of your brother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Barb and the entire family.

Laura Vonada

So sorry for your loss Hiram taught me many lessons one of them was a little hard work never hurt anyone. We always knew where to find him in the "dungon". His door was always open to anybody. Sorry Barb and family for your loss.

Carol Minds Pataky

Julia, Ray and Families - You have our deepest sympathy in the lost of Hiram (Pat). I just learned of his passing from Elizabeths facebook. He was a kind and gentle man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Randy, Carol, Kevin, Brad and Brittany Pataky

Rick Lies (Avery)

Hiram, may your heart and soul find peace and comfort. Your heart was always in the right place and brought a smile to many.

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