Charles R. Harris

Charles R. Harris 86, Cresson, went home to the Lord Saturday at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Cresson, son of the late Robert and Catherine (Sherwood) Harris. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, the former Josephine Colian, on Aug. 17, 2011; a great-grandson, Baden Rininger, on Aug. 13, 2013; sisters: Helen and Ida Mae Nileski; and brothers: William, George and John.

He is survived by his children: Chuck (Paulette Vinglass) of Cresson, Flora Gibbons (Dan) of Ashville, Ray (Brenda Behe Bucynski) of Cresson and JoAnn Jones (James K.) of Gallitzin; grandchildren: Tanya Phillips (Joe), Tessa Harris, Josh Harris, Tara Harris (Brett Rininger), Ben Gibbons (Angela), Jennifer Renaldi (Neil), Ray Harris, Annarose Harris, Michael Harris (Dana), Brett Swaynos, Justin Jones, Braden Jones, T.J. Bucynski (Breanne), Randy Bucynski (Suzanne), Kristy Bucynski and Bryanna Nileski; 22 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Margaret Falkenstein of Tallmadge, Ohio, Alfretta Mattiello of Pittsburgh and Jeanne Romine (John) of Uniontown, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Harris was a Navy veteran of WWII.

Chuck enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his love showed by passing starburst candy to any child he saw. He also enjoyed woodworking.

He worked as a car inspector for the PRR, Cresson, for 30 years and retired in 1980.

Chuck was a former member of Cresson Lions Club; member of the Ebensburg Masonic Lodge and the Jaffa Shrine Motor Corps; a life member of the Sankertown VFW, where he was a past post commander; and Cresson American Legion; and member of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Cresson, which he, his father and brothers helped build.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville, and from 10 until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Cresson, with Pastor Gary Shingler officiating. Committal will be at Amsbry Union Cemetery. Military rites will be in charge of Sankertown VFW, Cresson American Legion and other local military organizations.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Cresson, in Chuck’s memory.