Cloyd D. Harris

Cloyd D. Harris, 88, Altoona, died Monday morning at Valley View Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in Juniata, Altoona, son of the late John and Lucinda May (Smith) Harris.

He was twice married, first to Wilhilmine H. Lempke, who died April 16, 1988. He then married Matilda M. Winkler at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellwood, on Oct. 10, 1991.

Surviving are his wife; his special girl, Ruth Mitchell and husband, Allen, and their son, John; three sisters: Hazel Rupp, Beatrice Shultz and Evelyn Smith and husband, Aldon; and one stepdaughter, Ruth Mitchell and husband, Allen.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Paul and John “Bob”; and two sisters: Ellen May and Twila Jean Rooney.

Cloyd served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII. He retired as an electrician at the power plant for Altoona Area School District.

He was a member of First Church of God, Altoona, where he served as an usher, as a member of the church choir and was active in other church activities. He was a member and past commander of VFW Post 3 and a life member of the Bavarian Aide Society.

Cloyd was a history of war enthusiast and also enjoyed music.

Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Gilden Barton Funeral Home, 1401 Ninth Ave., Altoona, with military honors. Pastor Jerry Sneath will officiate. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or American Cancer Society, Blair Unit, 1004 N. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.