George Perry

George Perry, 96, Hollidaysburg, died Tuesday.

He was born in Frankstown Township, son of the late Thomas G. and Emily B. (Carr) Perry. He married Helen A. Wilt on June 1, 1940, at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Duncansville.

Surviving are his wife, with whom he shared 73 years of marriage; three sons: George Jr. and wife, Barbara, of Hamburg, Edward of Hollidaysburg and Lynn and wife, Judy, of Altoona; three granddaughters: Gwendolyn, Megan and Carolyn; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rosamond P. Primus in South Carolina.

George was a 1937 graduate of Hollidaysburg High School, where he played football. He was employed as a fireman and engineer with the Pennsylvania Railroad for 22 years, and he and his wife owned and operated Perry’s Orchard in Hollidaysburg for 63 years. He was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church, Duncansville, and attended Juniata Valley Gospel Church.

George also belonged to the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the NRA. He enjoyed hunting and farming.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Sorge Funeral Home Inc., Hollidaysburg, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, by Robert L. Crissman, senior trustee at Juniata Valley Gospel Church. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.