Joseph A. Filz, age 95 of Falls Township, PA, died on Monday, April 12, 2010, at Saint Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Filz was a resident of Fairless Hills since 1975. Until his retirement in 1977 he was employed as a steamfitter for Local #420 for 40 years. Joe was a member of St. Frances Cabrini parish and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph the Worker Council #4215 and the St. John Neumann Assembly. Mr. Filz is the beloved husband of 70 years of the late Anna L. Filz. He is the loving father of Joseph A. Filz, Jr. and his wife, Jean, Barbara A. Krasnay and her husband, Bob, and Elizabeth Kurtz and her husband, Norman, all of Fairless Hills. He will also be sadly missed by 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and many nieces. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 325 S. Oxford Valley Rd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. Rite of Committal will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Levittown. There will be no calling hours at the funeral home. Mass cards or memorial contributions to St. Frances Cabrini Church at the above address would be appreciated by the family.
Charles Ray Graves, 88, a native of Printess, MS and a resident of Baton Rouge, LA passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his daughter’s home in Pride, LA. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving on the USS Franklin during WWII. He retired from the LA Highway Department in 1977, was a Shriner and an auctioneer since 1987. He joined the Masons in 1954 and continued his membership for 60 years. He was a Master Mason with the Istrouma Lodge #414. He is survived by his children: Charlene Cooksey and husband Butch, Gerald Graves and Pat Jones, Robert Graves, Tammy Lamana, and Todd Graves and wife Cindy; grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings: Johnnie Morgan, Elsie Arnold, and Edwin Graves and wife Sylvia; and sister-in-law Nina Graves. He is preceded in death by his wife Dolores Graves; son Leslie Graves; parents Walter and Eula Graves; and brother Robert G. Graves. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 10am until time of service at 12pm. Interment will immediately follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6, 2014
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Retired Naval Commander
George K. Bomberger, 97, of Palmyra, PA, entered into his eternal rest on Monday, July 28, 2014, in Paxtonia at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Mary, with whom he had lived for the past two years. The youngest of five children born to the late Harry and Fannie Mae (Kreider) Bomberger (along with four other siblings who did not live into childhood), George was born on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1917, in Lebanon, PA. Raised on a farm just outside of Lebanon, George had fond memories of that time in his life, intermingled with sadness at the death of his mother when he was 12. He and his three older brothers and sister attended a one room schoolhouse, Excelsior School, also known as Snitz Creek School.
His father remarried, to Margaret, and in time five half-brothers and a half-sister were added to George’s family. Many were the stories that George recounted through the years, especially late in his life, as he recalled life on the farm.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his three brothers, Herbert, Christian, and Robert and his sister, Hilda (Creager); stepmother Margaret, half-brother Donald, and half-sister Barbara; a daughter, Judy, at 6 days of age (1951); his wife Julia (Rutter) Bomberger (1970); second wife Anna (Blessing Wolfe) Bomberger (2009); and a daughter, Joan Yoder (2013).
He is survived by his immediate family: son Robert K. Bomberger and wife Mary, of Harrisburg; grandson Neil Bomberger and wife Anne Coleman, and their two sons George and Moses, of Arlington, MA; and granddaughter Chloe Bomberger, of Charlotte, NC.
Also surviving are his half-brothers Ralph, Harry, William, Eddie and their families; two sons of wife Anna, Kenny and Brian Wolfe and their families; Jim Yoder, husband of Joan; nieces/nephews and families of his brothers Herbert, Christian, and Robert and sister Hilda; and nieces Barbie, Betsy, and Mert and their families, through his wife Julia.
After graduating from Lebanon High School in 1934, George headed westward, following the lead of brother Herb and sister Hilda, and eventually started college in Las Cruzes, NM. Then just before the start of WWII he joined the Navy on May 15, 1941 in Long Beach, California.
George served in the Pacific as a Navy pilot flying off jeep carriers in the Solomon Islands in 1943, where he received the Air Medal Citation Award for “meritorious service in action” against the Japanese. In the summer and fall of 1944 he flew off the aircraft carrier USS Ben Franklin, going on numerous missions in the Bonin and Mariana Islands, Okinawa, Formosa, and the Philippines. In late October 1944 George was credited with a direct hit on a Japanese aircraft carrier, which subsequently sank, in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. For this he was awarded the Navy Cross, the highest Naval award outside of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The exploits of George and his fellow crew members of the USS Franklin are chronicled in Joseph Springer’s book “Inferno”, where the testimonies of George and other heroic men who served on that ship are recorded.
After coming home to Palmyra, George completed his B.S. degree at Lebanon Valley College in 1948 while continuing to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserves. During the Korean War, George was called up to active duty as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida.
Always inclined to be active and on the go, George enjoyed spending time with his family, mowing his grass and working in his yard, playing golf, attending family and Navy reunions, and sharing his later years with Anna. He enjoyed travelling and just driving about town, and he never missed an opportunity to go out for breakfast. He was a wonderful Papa to his two grandchildren and it was clearly evident even in his last years that he truly enjoyed children; little ones, great-grandchildren and others, always brought a smile to his face.
Funeral services will be held on Monday August 4, 2014 at 11:00AM from the Kreamer Funeral Home & Crematory 618 E. Main St. Annville, PA 17003. Interment with full military honors will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will follow the interment at the Trinity United Church of Christ, Palmyra.
George’s family particularly wishes to thank the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Central PA for the wonderful care and support in helping them keep George in a home setting during his final years. The registered nurses, aides, and other staff of VNA, and most recently their Crossings Hospice program, have been invaluable and greatly appreciated. George’s family also wishes to thank Valerie Kaiser, of Specialty Home Care, for the many hours of assistance in caring for George, occupying his time with activities/games/ and friendship, and making his life more enjoyable.
Memorial contributions can be made to the VNA, Specialty Home Care, or the Trinity United Church of Christ in Palmyra.
Published in Patriot-News from July 30 to July 31, 2014
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Kenneth Eugene Peltier, Sr. passed away Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, at the Harrah Nursing Center. He was born January 6, 1923 in Shawnee, OK to Oliver A. and Ozetta Bourassaa Peltier. Kenneth was a very proud and humble person. He wrote his book, ‘MY DIARY OF MEMORIES’ for his family which tells many stories of special memories of his lifetime. He was very proud to obtain a copyright for this book. He attended Shawnee schools and Acme school first through 8th grade. After graduating from the 8th grade he attended Shawnee Junior and Senior high school. He participated in track and football. Ray LeCrone, his football coach, called him’ that Crazy Legged Indian! He took advantage of a NYA School to learn the welding trade at the beginning of WW2. The class met from 12 midnight until 4:00 AM. He attended the class before reporting for classes at the high school. Kaiser Shipyards needed certified welders to build ships for the US Navy. They found many certified welders to hire from the NYA schools from across the USA. Kenneth was certified and withdrew from Shawnee High School to go to California to work for Kaiser. While in California he was recruited by the Pacific Coast Professional Football League to play for the Oakland Giants. He was able to play for one year and received publicity as being the runt on the team. He wanted to serve in the Military but was told that his Draft status was 2-B Defense and could not be 1-A since he was needed more in defense than the Military. He quit his job with Kaiser, returned to Shawnee and entered the US Navy. He served on the Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin until it was hit by a Kamikaze plane. Many lives were lost and Kenneth was proud to have been one of the 704 crew members who brought the crippled ship from the coast of Japan back to the Brooklyn Shipyard. Kenneth was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation •. He was elected to serve as Secretary of the Potawatomi Tribe during the 1980’s. He was happy to have been able to attend all the CPN Council meetings and CPN Festivals for over 40 years. He received his Indian name, Wegmanemo, which means First or Leader Wolf, during a CPN Naming Ceremony on November 30, 2008 from the CPN Tribal Chairman, John Barrett. He retired from Tinker AFB after 31 years of service in 1978 as a quality control inspector. Kenneth was a faithful member of the Star Sunday School Class at the First Christian Church for many years. He has attended the Dale Church of Christ the past few years. Kenneth married Pauline Stegall Peltier October 5, 1941 in Shawnee, OK. This union was blessed with four children Kenneth Eugene Peltier Jr, Nicki Lynn Peltier, Marsha Jane Peltier and Tanya May Peltier. Kenneth and Pauline were married for 46 wonderful years before her death in 1987. Kenneth married Lillian Hale February 9, 1990 at the Dale Church of Christ. They were happily married for over 24 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Ozetta Peltier, two sons Kenneth Eugene Peltier and Nicki Lynn Peltier. Five sisters Mildred, Ruby, Kathleen. Annetta, and Willa Lou, Three brothers Buddy, Gerald and Raymond and many other family members and friends. He is survived by his wife Lillian Peltier, daughters, Marsha (Bill) Sims, Tanya Peltier, four stepsons: John (Cathy) Hale, Rick (Cindy) Hale, Rusty (Lana) Hale and Rob (Karen) Hale. He is survived by many grandchildren: Reuben, Kanton, Kim, Billy, Vicki, Nicki, Tina, Bradley, Jeremy, Jennifer, Lindsay, Stephanie, Jeff, Jonathan, Joe, Courtney, Tacy, Jack, Kelli, Matt and many loved great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 16th at Walker Funeral Service, 201 E. 45th St., Shawnee, OK. Visitation will be all day Thursday. Bill Sims, Bible Teacher from the Meeker Church of Christ will officiate. Burial will be at the Tecumseh Cemetery with Rocky Barrett officiating. The CPN Veterans will be in charge of the Military service. The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of the Harrah Nursing Center for their loving and professional care of Kenneth the past year.