Henry H. ‘Hank’ Schnarrs Jr.

Sept. 18, 1927 – Oct. 19, 2021


Henry H. “Hank” Schnarrs Jr., 94, of Hudson, rural Philipsburg, died Tuesday at the residence of his son and daughter-in-law, Henry H. “Smoke” Schnarrs III and Tammy (Raymond) Schnarrs.

Henry, better known by his family and friends as “Hank,” was born in Cuba Mines, rural Philipsburg, a son of the late Henry H. Schnarrs Sr. and Verna V. (Conklin) Schnarrs.

He was a 1945 graduate of the former Philipsburg High School. Following high school, Hank enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and served during the World War II era. After his discharge from the army, he furthered his education and received his vocational teaching certificate from Pennsylvania State University. He was employed with the Tyrone Area School District as a building trades instructor from 1968 until his retirement in 1991.

Hank was married on June 25, 1949, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Philipsburg to the former Shirley Lou Wood, who preceded him in death on Dec. 20, 2011.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Butterworth; and two brothers, Lexington “Lex” and Ronald Schnarrs.

Hank is survived by a son, Henry H. “Smoke” Schnarrs III, and his wife, Tammy, of Hudson, rural Philipsburg; a granddaughter, Penny Joy Schnarrs, and her wife, Melissa Tavarez, M.D., of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Bernice Albert, and her husband, John Sr., of Glass City, rural Philipsburg and Carol Schnarrs of Pleasant Hill, rural Philipsburg; a brother, Duane Schnarrs, and his wife, Mary Lou, of Gearhartville, rural Philipsburg; his beloved four-legged grand puppy, Riley; and numerous other extended family members.

He was a member of many organizations throughout his life including over 75 years with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Jointers of America; life member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge & Country Club No. 1173, Philipsburg; life member of the Iota Lambda Sigma, Alpha Chapter at Penn State University; past chairman and member of the Philipsburg-Osceola Area School Building Authority; past chairman and member of the Mid-State Regional Airport Authority; past secretary and member of the Decatur Township Planning Commission; over 55 years with the Free and Accepted Masons, first with the Moshannon Lodge No. 391, Philipsburg and then the Osceola Lodge No. 515, Osceola Mills; 32nd Degree member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Williamsport, A.A.S.R., Williamsport; member of the Jaffa Shrine, Altoona; past president and member of the Moshannon Valley Shrine Club and Cycle Corp; past chairman and member of the International Order of Rainbow Girls Advisory Board; past member of the Tyrone Area, Pennsylvania and National Education Associations; member of the Relay for Life; and a member of the National Rifle Association. Among his favorite pastimes, Hank enjoyed spending time with his son, “Smoke,” in Philipsburg’s South Park.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at Beezer-Heath Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 719 E. Spruce St., Philipsburg. A B.P.O. Elks memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Masonic memorial service at 8 p.m.

Friends will also be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 215 E. Laurel St., Philipsburg. The Rev. Christine Roe will be officiating.

Interment will be in Philipsburg Cemetery.

Please adhere to current COVID-19 safety restrictions and guidelines.

Memorial contributions may be made in Hank’s memory to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 215 E. Laurel St., Philipsburg.

Online condolences may be submitted at www.beezerheathfh.com.