Roy D. Kyler

Roy D. Kyler, 87, Altoona, died Tuesday at UPMC Altoona.

He was born in Philipsburg, son of the late Jesse and Alma (Kennedy) Kyler. He married Betty L. Conner on March 21, 1952, in Philipsburg.

Surviving are his wife, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage; three daughters: Deborah J. English and Monica K. Speice, both of Altoona, and Amanda S. Becker and husband, Jack, of Lock Haven; and a grandson, Kyler R. Speice and wife, Stephanie, of New Florence.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Attorney James English.

Roy was a graduate of Philipsburg High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh on a football scholarship. He served in the U.S. Army, 41st Division, 186th Regiment, Anti-tank Company D, during WWII in the Philippines, South Pacific and Japan. He retired in 1984 from Conrail as a conductor/trainman after 34 years of service.

Roy was the last chairman of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Lodge 174, and a life member and state chairman of the United Transportation Union, Local 309, for 15 years. He was a member of the VFW and Philipsburg American Legion Post 437 and a life member of the Bavarian Aid Society. He was of the Protestant faith.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery by the Rev. Jaime G. Olson with military honors provided by the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard.

Arrangements are by Sorge Funeral Home Inc., Hollidaysburg.