Harold R. ‘Hark’ Miller

Harold R. “Hark” Miller, 80, Ashville, died Thursday at Altoona Regional.

He was born in Carrolltown, son of the late Elmer and Annie (Anna) Miller. He married Delores “Dee” Thomas on Sept. 6, 1958, in Patton.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years; five children: Jeffrey (Ellen Wills), Tama Rice (John) and Wayne (Connie Duriez), all of Ashville, Brenda McGregor (John) of Hollidaysburg and Dr. Bradley (Dr. Cheryl Stayton) of Northumberland; eight grandchildren: Joshua Miller (Marla), Mariah Colburn (Brad), Laura Lake (Chris), Aimee Itle (Neil), Jonathan Rice (Jenna), Sara Miller and Elle and John McGregor II; and three great-grandchildren: Brandon Colburn, Eva Lake and Lillian Itle.

He also is survived by eight siblings: Lloyd (Jane Strittmatter) of Sodus, N.Y., Alene Smithmyer (Earl) of Ashville, Thomas of Tyrone, Wilfred (Betty Mulligan) of St. Augustine, John (Cheryl Lund) of Gallipolis, Ohio, and David (Mary Jane Nelson), Patricia Miller and Gary (Patricia Chverchko), all of Ashville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by six siblings: Clarence, James, Hilda Williams, Dorothy Himes, Laverne Ives and Cyril.

Hark was a U.S. Army Armored Infantry veteran of the Korean War, where he served as a specialist fourth grade. He worked as a union electrician for 13 years and retired in 1998 from the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon after 10 years of service.

Hark was a former member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 5, Pittsburgh, and a member of AFSCME, Patton Sportsman’s Association and Ashville VFW. He belonged to St. Augustine Catholic Church, Holy Name Society and the choir. He enjoyed spending time with family, farming and gardening.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville, where a vigil service will be held Monday afternoon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Rev. Joseph Fleming as celebrant. Committal will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Patton. Military rites will be provided by Ashville VFW and other local military organizations.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St. Augustine Holy Name Scholarship Fund in Hark’s memory.