George O. Softy, 85, Cresson, died Monday at home.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late George H. and Catherine (Vorbeck) Softy.
Surviving are two children: Raymond of Cresson and Rose Lynch (Jim) of Altoona; three granddaughters: Angelique, Alisha and Katrina; five great-grandchildren: Gavin Lynch, Madelyn and Chandler Seelye and Addison and Bailey Zearfaus; a sister, Catherine "Kitty" Liguori in New Jersey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Akiko, on Aug. 25, 2011; a son, James; four brothers: Jerome "Duke," Nick, Jimmy and Henry; and two sisters: Lorraine Bradley and Joan Roesch.
George was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars, where he was wounded in action twice. He retired from the Army as a sergeant first class in 1969 after 26 years of service. He then worked as a plant supervisor at North American Communications, Duncansville, and in the security department of Altoona Hospital. He also was the former owner of the Penn Avenue Tavern, Sankertown.
George was a member of St. Aloysius Parish, Cresson. He liked to play cards and computer poker and watch gangster movies.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at St. Aloysius Church, the Very Rev. John D. Byrnes as celebrant. Committal will be in the church cemetery with graveside military rites by Cresson American Legion, Sankertown VFW and other local veteran organizations.