Born April 16, 1922 at his parents’ farm in Union Twp., Earl was one of four children of the late John Edwin and Mildred (Rutty) Preston. He married the former Ida Brown on Feb. 3, 1945 in Alba. They shared 65 years together before her passing on May 16, 2010.
Earl began his life-long career in dairy farming as a young man. He and Ida purchased the Preston View Farm, which adjoined his parents’ land. With devoted attention and hard work over the years, Earl with Ida by his side, made many improvements. He was blessed with a strong constitution and remained active until retiring in the mid 1990’s.
Surviving are his children, Dale Preston of Roaring Branch and Mary Ellen (Ray) Gordner of Canton; two grandchildren, Ashley (Jordan) Andrus and Chad Gordner all of Canton; a great granddaughter, Charlotte Rose Andrus and step-great granddaughter, Katelyn Andrus; his sister, Mable DeBruin of Canton and sister-in-law, Arlene Brown of Troy, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his beloved wife Ida, Earl was predeceased by two siblings; Ida Mae Parker and Allen Preston.
Calling hours are 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. Canton. Pastor Will Strunk will officiate the funeral and committal services at 12:30 Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Burial will follow in Grover Cemetery.
Those who wish may consider a memorial in Mr. Preston’s name to the Grover Church of Christ, P.O. Box 139 Grover, PA 17735. Share condolences at www.pepperfuneralhomes.com