In Memoriam

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited would like to take a moment and remember all of our deceased members. We have accomplished a great deal as an organization since our founding in 1964, but we have experienced sorrow many times with the passing of a Chapter member.

We would like to pay tribute to these men and women who played a vital part in the formation, and growth, of this organization.

Let us never forget these men and women who helped make this all possible. This organization would not be what it is today if it was not for the dedication and support of these individuals (this list is not complete, if you have information you would like to contribute, please send it to

Mabel Huggins
May 16, 1934 – April 4, 2019

     Mabel L. Huggins, 84, of Williamsport, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019 at UMPC Susquehanna Williamsport. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Richard W. “Dick” Huggins, on July 16, 2002.
     Born May 16, 1934, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of the late Leslie C. and Verda E. (Isbell) Aderhold.
     Mabel was a graduate of Williamsport High School and previously worked at Triangle Shoes (Tri-State Store), Prior and Sallada, Carroll House, L.L. Stearns, and J.C. Penney.
     She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Williamsport and was a long time member of the former High Street United Methodist Church where she served as financial secretary and treasurer, Sunday school and vacation bible school teacher, and was very active in many other church activities. She was also a member of the Trout Unlimited and Lycoming Creek Angler’s Club.
     Mabel enjoyed baking, bowling, fishing, and camping with her family and spending time with her five grandsons. Mabel’s family was very blessed to have her in their lives. She was a sweet, kind, generous, and loving mother and grandmother.
     Surviving are her three daughters, Sandra L. Baumgartner and Lucinda K. Flook (Daniel), both of Williamsport and Diana J. Six (Hunter), of Catawissa, her son, Richard A. Huggins (Kathy), of Millville, five grandsons, Daniel and Matthew Flook, of Williamsport, Sean and William Baumgartner, of Cogan Station, and Oak Six, of Catawissa, three brothers, Harrison, Howard, and Donald Aderhold , and two sisters, Pearl Long and Alice Neyhart.
     In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Harold Aderhold and four sisters, Grace Porter, Ruth Doebler, Sally Shaffer, and Olive Russell.
     A funeral service to honor the life of Mabel will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 at First United Methodist Church 604 Market Street, Williamsport with the Rev. Richard D. Waters officiating. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Williamsport.
     In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mabel’s name to any youth organization at First United Methodist Church, 604 Market Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.
     Arrangements entrusted to Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Reverand R. Bruce Smay
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     Rev. R. Bruce Smay, 94, Hughesville, went to be with the lord on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport.
     Born Dec. 11, 1924, in Clearfield County, he was the first of 12 children born to the late Raymond A. and Ursula (Passmore) Smay.
     Bruce was a 1942 graduate of Clearfield High School. He served proudly and honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a second class petty officer, flying as a gunner on a carrier-based airplane. At one point, Bruce survived a plane crash in the Atlantic ocean while hunting Nazi subs. He was also a 1949 graduate of Lycoming College and a 1952 graduate of Garrett School of Theology. Bruce received his local preacher’s license in 1948 and served the Morris charge. On June 12, 1948, he married the former Winifred Eddy Taber; they set up house in Morris and expanded their family to include two children, Katherine and John. After Seminary, Win and Bruce served Avis, St. Peters Riverside, where they got involved in building new church buildings and the same was true when they served Muncy and Hollidaysburg. While serving Stevens Memorial in Harrisburg, Winifred died of cancer Nov. 29, 1985, ending the marital union of over 37 years. On July 19, 1987, Bruce married the former Jeane Harris Gulliver. They retired and moved to Muncy in 1989, after which he served as mentor and assistant to Warrensville charge for four years.
     During his ministry, Bruce served on the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Board of Education, the Camps and Retreats Commission and served as a Certified Lab School Teacher. He was involved in many camping events and since his retirement led more than 40 events.
     Bruce was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to camp, fish and hunt. He was a member of Trout Unlimited and helped start the liming of several creeks in central Pennsylvania. Bruce was a member of the Rock Run Rod and Gun Club for 61 years and was the club president for the last 30 years. He was also a lifetime member of the NRA and a Mason.
Bruce was a loving and devoted family man to his wife, children and grandchildren and was overjoyed to see two great-grandsons, of whom he was very proud. In addition to his wife, Jeane, he is survived by a daughter, Katherine (Kevin) Baer, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a son, John (Marta) Smay, of Muncy; two grandchildren, Gabrielle (Alex) Marconnet and Tyler (Jessica) Smay; and two great-grandchildren, Isaac Edward and Alexander John Marconnet; five step-grandchildren; four step- great-grandchildren; six brothers, Robert, James, Richard, Clyde, Joseph and Roy Smay; and three sisters, Betty Cadden, Josephine Swatsworth and Mary Marasa.
     In addition to his parents and first wife, Winifred, he was predeceased by two sisters, Isabelle Smay and Norma Jean Anderson.
     Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, at Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Arlene Beechert and the Rev. Brand Eaton, officiating.
     A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Crown Crest Memorial Park, Clearfield.
     The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions in Bruce’s name be made to either the First United Methodist Church, put Winifred Smay Memorial Fund in the memo and mail to, 602 S. Market St., Muncy, PA 17756 or to the SUSUMC, put Wesley Forest in the memo, and mail to Camp & Retreat Ministry, 303 Mulberry Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.
     Expressions of sympathy may be shared at

James E. Bischof
April 6, 1941 – January 25, 2019

28BischofObit-611x840.jpgJames E. Bischof, 77, of South Williamsport, passed away at the Williamsport Home, surrounded by his family and loved ones, on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Jim was born in Williamsport on April 6, 1941, and was the son of the late Raymond J. and Hazel I. (Murphy) Bischof.
On Oct. 26, 1963, Jim married Saline J. Frelin and shared 55 years of marriage. He was a faithful member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Jim graduated from St Mary’s High School in 1959 and attended Lycoming College. For 38 years Jim worked as a sales representative, 13 years for W.A. Dehart and 25 years for the American Tobacco Company. Jim was a PIAA basketball official and enjoyed officiating basketball for 26 years. An avid fisherman and hunter, Jim loved to hunt and fish with his sons and grandsons. He enjoyed spending time with his family, Penn State football, golfing, attending to his apple trees, pear trees and grape vines, and playing with his three dogs. Jim also volunteered at the St. Anthony Center and delivered Meals on Wheels. People who knew Jim would say he had an infectious sense of humor, quick wit, and if he were here today he would be trying to make us all laugh.
     Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Gregory A. Bischof, of South Williamsport; Michael T. (Erica) Bischof, of Williamsport; and Brett J. (Amy) Bischof, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; two brothers, Thomas Bischof, of Thorpe, Wis., and Joseph Bischof, of Williamsport; two sisters, Mary Margaret Hale, of Hanover, Pa., and Arlene McGee, of Purcellville, Va.; and four grandsons, Tyler, Bridger, Graysen and Jonathan.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Gerald Bischof, and a sister, Gladys McFadden.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish with Rev. Fr. Brian Van Fossen officiating, with burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
     The family will receive friends in the church portico from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.
In Jim’s memory, contributions may be made to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, Inc., 3610 W. Market St., Suite 110, Akron, OH 44333 or visit
     Arrangements are by Crouse Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Williamsport.

Donald R. Root
June 9, 1938 – November 17, 2018
Trout Unlimited Life Member

Donald R. Root, 80, of Wellsboro, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Green Home in Wellsboro. He married Roberta A. (Northrop) Root, of Wellsboro, on November 7, 1960 and they shared 58 years of marriage together. He was born June 9, 1938 in Morris, the son of the late Donald O. and Nina K. (Crooks) Root.

Don was the owner and operator of Root Oil Company, Inc. for over 35 years. Prior to starting his business, he was employed by Corning Glass Works in Wellsboro. He obtained his diploma from Wellsboro High School and his associate’s degree from Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo, NY. Don was a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal church, the Ossea Masonic Lodge, the Coudersport Consistory and the Laurel Hill Fish & Game Club. He loved the outdoors as an avid hunter and fisherman, having fly fished many of the local streams with his own hand tied flies. He also enjoyed gardening and coaching Little League & Babe Ruth baseball. He took great pride in his grandchildren and cherished the time spent with his family. Don will also be missed for his ability to share great stories with family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Roberta, of Wellsboro; two sons, Todd D. (Penny) Root of Liberty and Jon T. Root of Wellsboro; six grandchildren, Kyle, Aric, Thomas, Casey, Logan, Daryl and Brent; several great grandchildren; sister, Mary Lou (William) Jackson of Florida; two nieces, Donelle and Mindi; nephew, Brett; and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of his family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., Wellsboro. To share your fondest memories of Don, please visit

Raymond A. Keller
October 18, 1960  – September 15, 2018

    Raymond A. Keller Jr, 57, formerly of Thomas Ave., Williamsport, and a resident of Rose View Center passed away at UPMC Susquehanna on September 15, 2018.                         He was born in Williamsport on October 18, 1960 and son of Raymond A. Sr. and Florence A. (Bailey) Keller.                                                                                                                         Raymond was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had been employed at the former GTE Sylvania in Montoursville and most recently at AutoZone.              He is survived by his father of Williamsport, four brothers, LeRoy, Jesse, Mark and David Keller all of Williamsport and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Raymond was preceded in death by his mother.  At Raymond’s request there will be no services. Please visit for more information or to sign the guestbook.

Dave Colley
Former Director and Trout Kick Off Chairman

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David Nelson “Dave” Colley, 56, peacefully passed at home on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Survived by his loving wife Donna M. (Bailey) Colley.

Dave was the son of Robert and Nancy Colley, Sr. of Montoursville and the late Carol (Hill) and Bob Green.  He was a loyal and longtime employee of St. Croix Rods.  Dave was a member of the Texas Blockhouse Fish & Game Club, was an avid fisherman and enjoyed photography.  He was a devoted friend to many, but loved his friends like family.  Our lives will never be the same, but in our hearts, we will carry on his legacy.

 Dave’s legacy is continued by his beloved children; four sons; Geoffrey I. Scheller of Duboistown, David L. Scheller (Whitney) of S. Williamsport, James R. Colley (Lori) of Smyrna, GA and Sean P. Colley of Wilkes-Barre, one daughter; Kathryn M. Joseph (Anderson) of Williamsport, precious grandchildren; Dylan, Nadia, Cohen, John River and Rilynn, caring brothers; Robert Colley, Jr. (Mary Rose) of Williamsport and Walter Colley (Kim) of Rochester, NY.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held from 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Cloud 9 Airport Restaurant, 700 Airport Rd., Montoursville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: NO Stomach for Cancer, Madison Community Foundation, 2 Science Court, Suite 3, Madison, WI, 53711 or visit

Arrangements are being handled by Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Alvin Bush
January 22, 1924 – February 8, 2017


He was born in Philipsburg, PA January 22, 1924 to Congressman Alvin Ray Bush and Lucinda Mattern Bush. A member of the Williamsport High Classof 1941, he went on to graduate from UNC Chapel Hill which inspired a lifelong Tarheel loyalty. Alvin’s higher education was interrupted by service to his nation, as a Lieutenant Gunnery, Navigation and Executive Officer on the Landing Ship Tank (LST 025) in numerous naval engagements all over the the Pacific Theatre. After returning from the war, he found and married his eternal love and companion Elizabeth Louise Crooks. Together they accomplished their courtship dream, having four children: Charles (Carmen), Cindalyn, Karen, and Michael (Tera) who in turn added ten grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Alvin settled in Muncy Township with Betty and soon became an active businessman. He followed his father as General Manager of Williamsport Transportation Company and later founded three automotive dealerships. He also operated his parents’ dairy and crop farm, Wyno Farms in Muncy Township, and was a five-term President of Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders Association. During his life he served on numerous civic and charitable missions.

First elected to the State Assembly in 1960 by his neighbors in the 84th District, Alvin accrued broad governmental experience in leadership positions of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Legislative Reference Bureau, Senate Staff and Bill Scranton’s 1964 Presidential Campaign.  As a conservative conservationist, ACB was proud to represent most of Lycoming County during two ten-year spans. That experience allowed him to sponsor many pioneering Pennsylvania laws, including the first Strip Mine Control, Clean Water, Legislative Ethics and Consumer Protection Acts.  Later he directed staff toward converting Pennsylvania to an elected Attorney General, establishing the Independent Crime Commission and statewide Grand Juries. At the end of his public service, he was pleased to lead the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, which he had sponsored to create nearly 50 years earlier. Yet Alvin always felt that the capstone of his career was passing the legislation which set the Pennsylvania College of Technology as a gem in the Penn State crown. He was immensely honored to serve as Chairman of its Board for ten years as it grew in its mission.  Alvin’s faith was never shaken through all of life’s reversals, he was a rapt storyteller and deployed his sharp wit to tease all those close to him. Early in life he invested himself in photography, watercolors landscapes, and oil portraits and loved hours spent fly-fishing by the streams of Pennsylvania.  After retirement, he turned his passion for farming into landscaping an old spring-sodden farm near Brookside into a family treasure with his dear Seitzer cousins. Late in life he drew immense pleasure from regular Sunday gatherings and from planning the rebirth of the family home, “The Bush House,” as a site to gather and celebrate.

Alvin was preceded in death by his cherished wife Betty and grandchildren Nathaniel and Casey. He is survived by his sister, Shirley Eck (John), his children, grandchildren Tracy, Jacqueline, Laura, Rachel, Catherine, Jesse, Brian & Madeline.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Bush Family Scholarship at the Penn College Foundation, One College Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 or to Valley View Nursing Center, 2140 Warrensville Rd., Montoursville, PA  17754, in recognition of the tender care of their remarkable staff.

There will be a public visitation 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport where the funeral will begin at 12:00 p.m. (Noon).  Burial will follow in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy with military honors.

Arrangements are being handled by the Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, 500 West 4th St., Williamsport.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Bush Family Scholarship at the Penn College Foundation
One College Avenue, Williamsport PA 17701

Valley View Nursing Center
2140 Warrensville Road, Montoursville PA 17701

Bob Rinn
June 24, 1924 – June 14, 2016
Chapter Founding Member

Bob Rinn

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Bob’s obituary as it appeared in the Williamsport Sun Gazette on June 21, 2016

George Eby (1951 – 2016)

CAMMAL – George Eby passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2016, in the emergency unit of the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville at the age of 65. 

George was born on March 26, 1951 in Shamokin, Pa to George and Betty (Dewalt) Eby.

George is survived by his wife Paula, two children; Jennifer (Maurice Blount) and Steve (Rachel Harris); one grandchild Elijah Blount, his parents, three brothers, John (Sandy), Tim, and Mark (Sandy) and a sister Carol Anoia (Bill), numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

George graduated from Shamokin High School in 1969 and immediately joined the Navy. He was honorably discharged from the Navy after four years as a Training Devices Repairman, Petty Officer 3rd class.

After leaving the Navy, George worked for 4 years at Ships Parts Control Center in Mechanicsburg, Pa where he was a computer operator for the IBM 360 and one of the first commercial IBM 370s.

George then moved to North Jersey, where he was employed for 22 years as the lead trunk technician for United Artists/Cablevision. He was responsible for the cable infrastructure in 53 towns in North Jersey (and knew the best restaurants and fishing holes in all of them). He was a member of the IBEW.

George retired to Cammal, Pa in 2001 to live in the Pine Creek Valley that he loved. An avid fisherman, he roamed Pennsylvania from the Sinnemahoning to the Delaware, down to the Yellow Breaches and Clarks Creek, and up to the Cowanesque.

George was a life member of the Fairview Gun Club, a member of the ACLU, RMEF, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Gold Prospectors of America, Morris Rod & Gun Club, and Union County Sportsman Club.

George was a unique person, witty, inventive, loving, and interested in everything; always willing to expand into new areas. His passing leaves the world a poorer place. George will be sadly missed, and forever loved.  

Services will be held at Rearick Carpenter Funeral Home, LTD., 1002 Allegheny Street, Jersey Shore, beginning with a visitation at 1:00 pm, funeral service will be at 2:00 pm, Wednesday April 27, 2016.    Graveside services will follow, at Tombs Run Cemetery, in the beautiful Pine Creek Valley that he loved dearly, and was where he longed to be. 

The above was taken from

Albert Eschenbach (1923 – 2016)

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Albert’s  obituary as it appeared in the Williamsport Sun Gazette March 31, 2016

Dick Leaver
August 31, 1935 ~ November 2, 2015
Chapter Founding Member


It is with great sadness that the Chapter has lost a great friend and member of our Family. Dick Leaver, one of the Chapter’s founding members, passed away in November. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Elaine, daughter Ashlee, and to his entire family and all his friends.

His obituary is given below as was provided by Grenoble Funeral Home.

“Richard H. Leaver, 80, of 275 Trinity Drive, Hughesville, died Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Susquehanna Health Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center at the Muncy Valley Hospital.

Born August 31, 1935 in Monongahela, PA, he was a son of the late Hazen Judson and Winifred (Hamilton) Leaver. On June 22, 1963 he married the former Elaine Nicholas, who survives. Together they celebrated 52 years of marriage.

     Richard was a 1953 graduate of Wilson Borough High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Five days prior to graduating college, he was drafted into the Army, where he served honorably for two years.

Richard worked for over 40 years as a mechanical engineer at the former Sprout-Waldron, now Andritz, from where he retired. He was a member of Sprout’s Quarter Century Club and held his PA Professional Engineering license.

Richard was a member of the Muncy Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. He served the church as an elder, trustee and taught Sunday School for over 30 years. Richard was also part of the building committee that added the new addition to the church.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a founding member of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited and a founding member of the East Lycoming Creek Watershed.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter and son-in-law, Ashlee and Brian Hoch, of Herndon; a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Linda Leaver, of Myrtle Beach, SC; a sister, Harriet Eberhardt, of Tunkhannock; and two grandsons, Zachary Quay Renn and Bryant A. Hoch.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Nicholas H. Leaver.

A memorial service was held on November 6, at the Muncy Presbyterian Church, Penn and Washington streets, Muncy, with his pastor the Rev. Robert Dunkelberger, officiating.
Burial will be held privately in the Muncy Cemetery.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to the Muncy Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 276, Muncy, PA 17756.

Gary McWilliams (1950 – 2015)

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    Gary L. McWilliams, 64, of Cogan Station, f ormerly of South Williamsport, died suddenly, Wednesday, June 10, 2015 on a fly fishing trip in Deposit, New York, with his son Jason and best friend John R. Merrick.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years Clare (Quinnan) McWilliams.
Born November 15, 1950, in York, he was a son of Richard L. and Lois E. (Grim) McWilliams, of New Oxford.
Gary was a graduate of Dallastown High School and received a degree in forestry from Williamsport Area Community College. He was an Army Veteran serving during Vietnam. Gary was owner/operator of Hurwitz Batteries in South Williamsport from 1986-2014. He retired in June of 2014 and proudly handed over ownership to his son Brian.
He enjoyed fly fishing, hunting and had a passion for traditional archery. He adored his grandchildren. He was an elder of Cogan House Christian Church.
Gary was a life member of the PA Longbow Association, Trout Unlimited, The Professional Bow Hunters Society, VFW Post #7863 Duboistown, New York Bowhunters, Traditional Bow Hunters of Maryland, and United Bow Hunters of PA. He was a member of Christian Bow Hunters of America, Sinnemahoning Sportsman Association, West Caln Sportsman Club, Lycoming Creek Anglers, Lycoming Creek Sportsman, Inc., a Benefactor member of the NRA, West Branch Builders Association, Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, and the Wheel Inn.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are his two sons, Brian R. (Jenna) McWilliams, of Montoursville and Jason L. McWilliams, of Cato, NY, a daughter, Stacy L. McWilliams of Telford, two grandchildren, Alex C. and Raegan B. McWilliams, two brothers, Ted O. (Beth) McWilliams, of York and Jay R. (Joyce) McWilliams, of Windsor, a sister, Crystal K. Stiffler, of York, several nieces and nephews, mother-in-law, Joan Quinnan (John) Flory,  sister-in-laws, Kathleen B. (Byron) Miller and Colleen J. Roe, brother-in-laws, the Rev. Michael F. Quinnan, the Rev. Edward J. Quinnan, and Hal Roe.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Edward M. Quinnan.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Gary will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cogan House Christian Church, 3782 Cogan House Road, Trout Run, PA 17771 with the Rev. Cleveland J. Way officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Quiggleville. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Monday at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s name to any of the above organizations where he held memberships or to Cogan House Christian Church or Janet Weiss Children Hospital, Geisinger Medical Center, 100 N Academy Ave, Danville, PA 17822.

obituary came from the following:

Donald Neyhart (1925 – 2014)

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I was able to meet Don two years ago and spent several hours with him.  We talked about many things during the time I spent with him but the topic always came back to fishing.  He loved everything about fishing and all types of fishing.  Don realized at that time that he would not be able to continue fishing and donated his entire collection (several thousand dollars worth) to the Chapter.

Don donated over 30 fishing rods of every imaginable type, a large collection of fly tying materials and flies, lure making equipment, a very large assortment of hooks, lures, weights, tackle box’s, and assorted other accessories. His generosity was, and still is, greatly appreciated and has sparked others to donate to the Chapter although no collection as large as Don’s.

by Bob Baker

Don’s obituary as it appears on the Sanders Mortuary website is given below (

Donald J. Neyhart, 88, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Valley View Nursing Center.      Born Dec. 17, 1925, in Lock Haven, he was a son of Albert and Elizabeth (Burkholder) Neyhart. Donald married his high school sweetheart on May 22, 1949, Marguerite E. (Fowler) Neyhart.      Don was a member of Lycoming Presbyterian Church. He was a 1944 graduate of Williamsport Area High School and attended Williamsport Technical Institute. Don graduated from Bliss Institute of Washington, D.C., majoring in electrician in 1946, American University Business Management in 1971, and Whirlpool Corporation Management and Service School.      He was an Army Veteran of World War II. Following his military service he was employed with Sylvania Electric and Westinghouse Electric for five years. He was the owner and operator of Don Neyhart’s TV and Appliance Center for 24 years and P.E.N. Video Rental for 5 years. He was a member of the Williamsport Consistory, Ivy Blue Lodge F & AM, Zafar Grotto and Travelers Protective Association.      He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. His dream was always to retire and do more fishing.      Surviving in addition to his wife Peggy are his daughters, Rebecca D. (Jeffery) Huff, of Trout Run and Lucinda S. (Joseph) Andruscavage, of Red Lion; grandchildren, Joshua T. Huff, Samuel T. (Jennifer) Huff, Patrick Cooper and Ashley Cooper; great-grandchildren, Deegan, Darenger, Audria, Ryder, Piper, Max and Joseph; brothers, Albert E., Paul L. and Laurence J. Neyhart; and sister, Elizabeth A. Jackson.      In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard D. Neyhart, and sisters, Roberta Bennett and Eleanor Frank.      Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Dr. Larry A. LeFeber officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow in Montoursville Cemetery.      Memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s name to the American Heart Association, 968 Postal Road, Suite 110, Allentown, PA 18109.

 Dominico Aloisio (1943 – 2014)


Domenico Aloisio, 70, of Williamsport, went to be with the Lord Monday, September 8, 2014 at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born September 9, 1943, in Williamsport, he was a son of Nicola and Altomira Spila Aloisio.

Domenico was a graduate of the Williamsport High School, Class of 1962 and an alumnus of Williamsport Technical Institute.  He also attended Penn College while working with Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local #810, now #520.  Domenico was a former business owner in Williamsport.  He was a board member of the Old Lycoming Township Planning Commission and Zoning Board, Building Options Committee and Feasibility Study with the Williamsport Area School Board. He was a member of  the Knights of Columbus, Moose Lodge #145, Republican Club, NRA, Sons of Italy Council #2786, many live steam train clubs, and Trout Unlimited.

He enjoyed live steam engines and arrowhead making (Knapping), traveling around the United States in his R.V., photography, and was an avid trout fisherman.

Surviving are his wife, Bonita (Beltz) Aloisio, with whom he would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on September 12th; three daughters, Lisa Van Houte (Jeff) of Muncy, Domenica Lupold, and Bonnie Ann Romano (Michael), both of Williamsport; a son, Chad Aloisio of Williamsport; eight grandchildren, Adam, Nicholas, Austyn, and Miranda Aloisio, Brandy Lechette, and Preston, Ashley, and Dylan Tower; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Horn of Williamsport; and a brother, Salvatore Aloisio (Lorraine) of Williamsport.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Nicola, Vincent, and Anthony; and two sisters, Helen Calta and Victoria Codisipoti.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond Street, Williamsport.  Burial will be held at Wildwood Cemetery.  A viewing will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Sanders.

Memorial contributions in Domenico’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, (Obituary information taken from

 H. Scott Rupert (1945 – 2014)

Director 2013 – 2014

H. Scott Rupert, 68, died peacefully at his beloved home on the hill with his two special kitten by his side.  Scott was born in Williamsport on October 8, 1945. He was the son of Howard and Jean (Kline) Rupert.

Scott graduated from Loyalsock Townhip High School and spent four years in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked and retired from Ralph Alberts and Sons. Scott loved the outdoors spending more time outside than in.  He hunted, fished, and loved golf.  He was Club Champion at Wynding Brook Golf Club, and dearly loved all of his golf buddies.

Scott is survived by two sisters, Lee (Carl) Palmer, of Chincoteague, VA., and Prudy (Ralph) Dunne, of Montoursville. Also surviving are two nieces, Tricia (Bryan) Waltz, and Heather Palmer and three nephews, Joe (Lori) Dunn, John (Katie) Dunne and Matt (Mary Beth) Palmer. There are sever great-nieces and nephews that knew how to make him laugh.

Scott was predeceased by his wife, Judy (Rissell) Rupert and by his parents.

There will be a memorial service at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad Street, Montoursville, Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. A celebration of Scott’s life will follow at Sammy’s Restaurant immediately after the interment in Montoursville Cemetery, Lycoming Mall Drive.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Scott’s name may be made to the Judy K. Rupert Scholoarship Fund, c/o Williamsport Lycoming Community Foundation,  (WLCF) 330 Pine Street, Suite 400, Williamsport, PA 17701. (this obituary was taken from the Williamsport Sun Gazette)

C. Duane Hiller

(1936 – 2013)

Carl Duane Hiller Sr., 77, of Montoursville, passed away Friday, July 5, 2013, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 5, 1936, in Williamsport, a son of Carl A. and Elizabeth Parker Hiller.

Duane was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Montoursville, and was a graduate of both Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania State University. He retired as an engineer in the Wire Rope Division of the former Bethlehem Steel, and was a former Loyalsock Township Supervisor. He was a mason; was a member of Trout Unlimited, enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and wood working.

Duane is survived by his wife, the former Ursula G. Gutzeit, with whom he would have celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary with on July 12; three sons, Carl D. (Krista) Hiller Jr. of South Williamsport, Bryan (Jennifer) Hiller of Greensboro, N.C., and Craig A. (Denise) Hiller of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Lorie A. (Marc) Barth of Williamsport; three step-children, Carol V. (Rhett) Smith of Linden, James E. Becks of Linden, and Sandra L. Becks of Muncy; brothers, Robert (Mary Jo) Hiller of Montoursville, and James (Marge) Hiller of Trout Run; a sister, Cindy (Dave) Kling of Loyalsock Township; fifteen grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Friends and family are invited to a viewing from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. Following the viewing, a memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 369 Broad St., Montoursville, with the Rev. David B. Letscher officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, Montoursville. (taken from the Williamsport Sun Gazette July 8, 2013)

 Howard H. Giles Jr., 80, of Cogan Station, Pa., died Saturday, May 7, 2012 at Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Born in Saxonburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Howard H. Giles Sr. and Evelyn (Munson) Giles.

He graduated from Butler High School in 1950 and from Penn State University in 1954. He began his computer career working for IBM and then Penn State as manager of data processing. A member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, he served as its house manager. He left the University to work for the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, helping to create a computer-based accounting system. He moved his family to Berkeley Heights, N.J. in 1968 to work at Peat Marwick Mitchell. In the late 1970s, the family moved to Manassas, Va., where he worked for several firms in the Washington, D.C. area, retiring from Faraday National Corp. He lived in Cogan Station for the last 15 years. For many years he drove the Lycoming County Mobile Library.

An avid outdoorsman, he trapped and hunted as a youngster and was a long-time member of Trout Unlimited. He tied his own flies and made his own fly rods. He served as a volunteer fishing instructor for disadvantaged youth and breast cancer survivors. He was proud of the fact that his father was one of the original engineers of the nation’s first commercial radio station, KDKA, in Pittsburgh. He was active in the lives of his children, including leadership roles in the Boy Scouts, YMCA Indian Guides, and sports. An early baseball standout, he became a dedicated runner later in life, running dozens of races, including the New York City, Marine Corps and Boston marathons.

He is survived by his children, Deborah G. Muller of Simsbury, Conn., and her husband Richard; Howard H. Giles III, of Charlton, Mass., and his wife Linda; Eric S. Giles of Woodbridge, Va., and his wife Jean; and Timothy W. Giles of Memphis, Tenn., and his wife Lori. A fourth son, Douglas A. Giles of Norfolk, Va., predeceased him. He leaves two sisters: Iolene Shields of Eustis, Fla. and Shirley Forsythe of Nevada, Mo., and seven grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours and memorial services will be held at a later date to accommodate the family. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his honor to the PA Council of Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 5148, Bellefonte, PA 16823 or online at (obituary from the Williamsport Sun Gazette, May 10, 2012)

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