Harry Eugene "Bud" McCreary, 84, died Thursday, May 16, 2013, at his home in East Freedom.
He was one of four children born in Queen to the late Jacob Oscar and Grace Irene (Gochnour) McCreary, who raised them along with 12 children from their previous marriages.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Charlotta Joan (Dodson); 14 children: Dennis E. (Janet) of Altoona, Roxanne M. (Kenneth) Fuchs of Duncansville, Gary W. (Barbara) of Martinsburg, James E. (Cheryl) of Fredericksburg, Va., Terry W. (Geniece), Ph.D., of Murray, Ky., David R. (Suyon), D.M.D, of Oviedo, Fla., Nancy J.M. (John) Waters, Ph.D., of Doylestown, John A. (Delores) of Hollidaysburg, Kevin L. (Carol) of Windber, Delores D. of Aliquippa, Susanne I. Dellinger of Roaring Spring, Ronald D. (Melissa) of Dillsburg, Timothy S. (Dawn) of Roaring Spring and Samantha A. (Richard) Longenecker of East Freedom; 31 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by two sisters: Helen I. Ickes of Imler and Dorothy A. Rexford of Bemus Point, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Andrea McCreary; an infant grandson, Harry McCreary; a sister Freda May Grasser; six half sisters: Mary E. Feathers, Clara, Margaret, Violet, Myrtle and Pauline; and three half brothers: Calvin, Charles and Harvey.
Harry joined the U.S. Navy in April 1946 at age 17, serving as seaman first class until his honorable discharge in February 1948. During his service, he received the WWII Victory Medal. After serving, he moved back to his family's homestead in Imler, where he married Charlotta Joan Dodson on Aug. 4, 1949.
Harry was a lifelong member of Leamersville Church of the Brethren, having been baptized there on Oct. 20, 1951, and serving in numerous volunteer posts, including deacon. He was also a member of the Altoona Retired Railroad Association, having been employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1948-56. After leaving the railroad, he worked for Texaco Corp. in Duncansville as a truck driver for more than 35 years. During his tenure, he earned the Million Mile Award, Texaco's highest award for safe driving.
Harry enjoyed working in his garden, fishing, hunting and picking raspberries and mushrooms, as well as supporting his children and taking pride in his family's achievements. One of the highlights of the year was the annual family picnic and reunion on the Fourth of July, during which Harry often played pitcher and referee for both family teams.
Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, and 9 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, May 20, 2013, at Leslie-Miller Funeral Home, Claysburg. A graveside service will follow at Imler Valley Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a reception in celebration of his life at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Imler, after the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following nonprofit organizations: Spring Cove Educational Foundation, 1100 E. Main St., Roaring Spring, PA 16673; Nason Hospital Foundation, c/o Human Resources/Public Relations, 105 Nason Drive, Roaring Spring, PA 16673; or Blair Senior Services Inc., 1320 12th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.