Blaine Francis ‘Sid’ Sidler

Blaine Francis “Sid” Sidler, 66, Duncansville, died peacefully Saturday evening at home.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Blaine C. “Pete” and Lena Rose (Francis) Sidler. He married Jana M. Stanford on Aug. 10, 1985.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years; a sister, Doris J. O’Donnell (Richard) of Silver Spring, Md.; an aunt, Pauline Fama; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Duane.

Sid proudly served in the U.S. Army and toured in Vietnam with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, for which he was awarded two Bronze Stars of Valor. With his brother, Duane, and currently with his nephew, Casey Higgins, he helped to build Lena’s Cafe, founded by their mother in 1939, into one of the most favored and enduring restaurants in the region.

Blaine’s passion for hunting and his general love of the land were his favorite pastimes. He enjoyed cooking for family and friends as much as he did serving the community. He traveled extensively and was always eager to explore new cuisines.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Home Nursing Agency Hospice, 201 Chestnut Ave., P.O. Box 352, Altoona, PA 16603; Disabled American Veterans, 1500 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231; or National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arizona Chapter, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034.