On the morning of Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, Michael Tod Neff of Canton passed away quietly at The Gatehouse in Williamsport following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 54 years of age. Born Dec. 23, 1963 in Allentown, Pa., he was the son of the late Norwood Neff and Betty (Schmoyer) Neff. He was a 1981 graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown, and worked for most of his adult life as a truck driver. His most recent employer was Fenton’s in Wyalusing, where he had been promoted to dispatcher. Mike’s driving career occasionally brought him to Canton, where he met Nancy Hawkins. In August of 1991 they were united in marriage. Together they raised a son and daughter and shared 27 years. Mike was a friendly, outgoing man who made friends easily. He was a past member of Canton Lodge #429 Loyal Order of Moose and enjoyed collecting baseball cards, fishing with his son and grandsons and attending Penn State football games. Mike was also a man of decided opinion and you always knew where he stood and where you stood with him. He was also notorious for his good-natured “ribbing” and liked to get a rise out of people. But a truer friend you could not find.
Vicki J. Greenough, 61, Big Pond, Pa, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 at Athens Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.
Born Sept. 7, 1957 in Elmira, N.Y., Vicki Joy was a daughter of the late Robert and Shirley (Dunbar) Greenough. She was a member of Troy High School’s 1975 graduating class. Vicki was blessed with a great sense of humor; she made friends easily and all who knew her will remember that wonderful wit and beautiful smile. She was a member of the Faith Community United Methodist Church in Big Pond. Vicki loved nature and being outdoors, especially gardening and yard work. She also was a devoted caretaker of her parents in their later years.
J. William “Bill” Swingle, 83, of life-long resident of Canton, Pa. passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2018 from the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital while surrounded by family.
John William, “Bill” to family and friends, was born Feb. 11, 1935 at the family home in Canton Township, a son of the late John A. and Helen (Jones) Swingle. He was a 1952 graduate of Canton High School and graduated from Penn State University majoring in Animal Husbandry studies. He also served in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1956 – 1962. Bill found his calling early in life as a dairy farmer and steward of the land. With dedicated work and insight, he and his father improved the farm and livestock, establishing the Swingle Jersey Farm. His registered herd of Jerseys were shown for many years at the Troy Fair and the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. On Apr. 18, 1975, Bill and the former Pauline Wilcox Haflett were married in the Canton Church of Christ (DOC).
Francis “Butch” Hagemeyer, 74 of Ralston, Pa., passed away unexpectedly at UPMC Williamsport Hospital on Oct. 21, 2018.
Francis Millard, “Butch” to family and friends, was born July 24, 1944 in Williamsport. He was a son of the late William Hagemeyer and Helen (Kepner) Crawford.
Butch was employed at Avco in Williamsport for 30 years. Always one who was happiest when busy. He, then, worked as an owner/operator truck driver.
Butch was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, fishing and camping. He also loved visiting with friends, tinkering and fixing things and drives through the countryside.
Surviving are his wife Sue, five children; Shelia, Dan, Sheryl, Lynette and Francis Jr. two grandchildren, five siblings; Millard “Mike” Hagemeyer, George Hagemeyer, Sandy Baylor, Sharon Savits and Carrie Heller, several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was predeceased by two brothers; John “Jack” Hagemeyer and William “Bill” Hagemeyer, Jr.
In keeping with Butch’s wishes, there will be no public services. Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility is assisting his family with arrangements. Share condolences at www.pepperfuneralhomes.com.
Cleone Schweikart, 75 of Roaring Branch, Pa. (Canton Twp.), passed away at home while surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.
Cleone Marie was born Aug. 12, 1943, a daughter of the late Robert VanNoy, Madeline “Pat” (Allen) Bellows and stepdaughter of Maxwell Bellows. Cleone was a member of Canton High School’s 1961 graduating class. In earlier years, she worked as a seamstress at Glamorize Company in Williamsport. Cleone and her late husband, Bert, owned and operated the Garden View Motel in Williamsport for several years before retiring in 1994. She was a member of Canton’s American Legion Post 303 and Women of the Moose Lodge 981.
Cleone was blessed with a strong work ethic all her life. She overcame childhood polio with a tenacious spirit and will be remembered as an outgoing and engaging person who told it as she saw it. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Cleone appreciated the beauty of all flowers, gardens, and enjoyed landscaping and design. She also enjoyed traveling.
Herbert L. “Roy” King Jr., 77 of Forksville, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 in his home.
Born July 17, 1941 in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Herbert L. Sr. and Edith M. (Davis) King. He and his wife, Karen (Higley), celebrated 59 years of marriage on Sept. 4, 2018.
Roy spent his early years working and logging in the beautiful hills of Sullivan County with his horses. He was well known in Sullivan County for his horse pulling at the county fair. In 1976, Roy graduated from a meat cutting trade school in Toledo, Ohio. He and Karen owned and operated R&K Meat Packing for the next 30 years. He was also active in his community. He served as an Elkland Township Supervisor for 11 years and was a member and past president of the Sullivan County Fair Association.
Allan W. Kitchen, 61 of Roaring Branch, Pa., passed away unexpectedly Oct. 12, 2018 at Susquehanna Health Williamsport Hospital.
Born Feb. 2, 1957 in Williamsport, Pa., Allan Wayne was a son of the late James M and Sara J. (Sechrist) Kitchen. He attended Loyalsock High School with the class of 1975. Allan worked as a welder’s helper with the Harrisburg Local 520 Plumbers & Steamfitters Union. He was a private person.
An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Allan appreciated watching wildlife; especially the deer in his front yard. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
While surrounded by loved ones, Randy Lee DeVinney, 58 of Barbours, Pa., was called home to the Lord Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 from the Gatehouse in Williamsport.
Born Oct. 13, 1959 in Bellefonte, Pa., Randy was a son of Barbara (Keller) Mills of Centre Hall, Pa. and the late Charles DeVinney. He was a 1977 graduate of State College High School and received an Associate’s degree in Forestry from the former. WACC in Williamsport, Randy enjoyed his career as a self-employed lumber broker. He was married to the former Sherry Hunter on Aug. 3, 2002 at their home.
Randy will be lovingly remembered as a thoughtful and reserved person who sometimes kept to himself. He drew strength by spending time in the woods that he knew so well. Randy was also a devoted family man who cherished his children and grandchildren. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting, NASCAR’S Dale Earnhardt Sr., the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Rams. He was proud of his home, kept his yard immaculate and enjoyed listening to music, especially The Doors and George Thorogood.
Kenneth T. Dunbar, 51, of Elizabethtown, Pa. passed away after a long courageous battle with Glioblastoma, brain cancer on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 at the Reading Hospital. He was the loving husband of Sherry L. (Najarian) Dunbar. The couple married Oct. 4, 1996 and had 31 happy years together.
Ken was born Oct. 2, 1967 in Sayre, Pa., son of Duane H. “Butch” and Donna J. (Lenox) Dunbar of East Smithfield, Pa. He was a 1985 graduate of SRU High School, attended Elizabethtown College, and graduated from Mansfield University in 1990. Ken finished his career in Information Technology with Armstrong World Industries. He played soccer in high school, enjoyed astronomy and sky watching, and was a passionate Disc Golf enthusiast. Ken was United Methodist by faith.
Michael R. Starkey “Bear," age 54 of Starkey Lane, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., passed away at home on Sunday, October 7, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Michael was born Dec. 18, 1963 in Troy, Pa., son of Paul H. and Gladys J. (VanZile) Starkey. He was employed with the Williams Company as an Operations Technician having previously worked at Cummings Lumber for 28 years. Michael was a member of the First Baptist Church of Troy and Pine Lodge. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing all over the United States and Canada. He had recently started pheasant hunting, which he really enjoyed.