Melvin E. Harpster

Melvin E. Harpster, 87, Tyrone, died peacefully Sunday at Altoona Regional surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Tyrone, son of Chester Arthur and Mary Bertha (Cowher) Harpster. He married Helen M. Shaffer on July 2, 1959.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Debbie Blazier (Don) of Bellwood; a granddaughter, Stephanie Fulmer (Curt); a grandson, Michael Blazier; a precious grandson, Luke Fulmer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last of his immediate family, being preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

Melvin was a 1943 graduate of Tyrone High School. He retired in 1973 from the U.S. Air Force after 24 years of service spanning Korea and Vietnam. He was a member of the Tyrone Church of the Brethren and enjoyed gardening.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, and 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Derman Funeral Home Inc., Tyrone, Mr. Don Kobak officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Tyrone Honor Guard. Interment will be at Blair Memorial Park.