Ross N. Lauder Sr., 86, of 2742 Pennington Road, Tyrone, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday at his residence.
He was born in Morris Township, Huntingdon County, son of R. Blair and Florence (Neff) Lauder. He married Winifred Gebhart on March 13, 1948.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years; five children: Judy Fleegal and husband, Billy, of Tipton, Ross N. Jr. and wife, Debra, of Huntingdon Furnace Road, Tyrone, Janette Diehl and husband, William, of Tipton, Pamela Simpson and husband, Jim, of Hollidaysburg and Tracy Smith and husband, Sheldon, of Northwood, Tyrone; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Hobart of Durham, N.C.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
Ross was a 1945 graduate of Alexandria High School. He served in the 1504th Army Air Forces Base Unit at Fairfield-Suisun Army Airfield in California during WWII. He was the last construction worker who helped build the original Tyrone Hospital in 1948, and he also worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He retired on April 1, 1990, from Veeder-Root Co. after more than 32 years of service.
Ross was a charter member of the Warriors Mark Lions Club in 1980 and was currently with Juniata Valley Lions Club, Alexandria, having served on the board of directors and as second vice president, first vice president, president and recording secretary. He was currently a zone chairman of Region III of District 14-L Lions Clubs. He was an honorary life member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank, and he received the Melvin Jones Award from District 14-L.
Ross was a former member of Warriors Mark Grange and Warriors Mark Senior Citizens, and he was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Tyrone. He enjoyed many years of woodworking.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, and 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Bruce E. Cox Funeral Home, Warriors Mark. The Rev. John Dean, retired, a member of the Juniata Valley Lions Club, will officiate. Interment will follow at Blair Memorial Park, Bellwood.