Harold R. "Chopper" Britton Sr., 76, Vinco, went to be with the Lord Tuesday at home.
He was born in Twin Rocks, son of the late Theodore and Mary (Shaffer) Britten.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Lieselotte "Lee"; three children: Patricia Chappell and husband, Barney, Diana Baligush and companion, Keith, and Harold R. Jr. and wife, Theresa; five grandchildren: Leeann, Trisha, Katrina, Charlie and Isaac; five siblings: Thelma (John) Butala, Wanida Hancharick, Porter (Mary) Britton, Robert (Caroline) Britten and Art (Nancy) Britten; a sister-in-law, Patricia Britten; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Theodore Jr.; and a sister, Hermina Hammer.
Harold served during the Korean War and spent half of his career as a drill instructor in the U.S. Army (E-6). He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Mundys Corner, where he served as a Eucharistic minister, and also belonged to the Nanty Glo American Legion and Polish American Citizens Club. He was a former member of the Nanty Glo VFW and Knights of Columbus.
Harold enjoyed golfing, gambling and traveling. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially his grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 16, 2014, at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, where a vigil prayer service will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at St. John Vianney Church, the Very Rev. Andrew C. Stanko, V.F., as celebrant. Committal will be at Holy Name Mausoleum, Ebensburg.
Military rites will be accorded by the Nanty Glo, Twin Rocks and Vintondale Ritual Team.