John Leroy Hillard

Feb. 28, 1939 - Aug. 25, 2018

John Leroy Hillard, 79, Bellwood, died Saturday morning at Epworth Manor, Tyrone.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Shannon L. and Mary E. (Prough) Hillard and was brought up on the Watts Farm in Antis Township. On July 1, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, Carol Ann Riley, at Olivet Baptist Church, Bellwood.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters: Pamela Jo (Mark) Yohn of Bellwood and Tracey Ann (Scott) McClellan of Fallentimber; three grandchildren: John Michael and Ashley Marie Yohn and Meghan Ann McClellan; and his dog, Riley, who was his walking buddy.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Eleanor Riley; and his brother-in-law and best friend, Dick Riley.

John was a 1959 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School. He was formerly employed at Puritan Sportswear, Irish O’Connor Plumbing and Heating and Snively Trucking. In 2000, he retired as a line haul driver at Ward Trucking, Altoona after 36 years of service. He was a member of the Ward Retiree Club.

He enjoyed woodworking, model trains, trains and old Farmall tractors. John had a passion for gardening and sharing his homegrown vegetables with others. He and his wife spent many Sunday afternoons watching NASCAR and Pittsburgh Steelers games. His greatest joy was sharing time with his family, neighbors and many friends.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home Inc., Bellwood. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, Randy Zitterbart officiating. Interment will be at Logan Valley Cemetery, Bellwood.

At John’s request, contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.

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