George "Mike" Eyth, 88, of the Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Butler, formerly of Chicora, died at 3:05 p.m. Friday of natural causes surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born in East Butler on Sept. 6, 1925, to the late Norbert G. Eyth and Martha Mary Weiland Eyth.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country from December 1943 to April 1946. He achieved the rank of private first class. He served in the Third Infantry Regiment during World War II, serving in Germany.
He worked for the Portersville Stainless Co. for 17 years where he built milk-tank trucks. He was a pipe fitter/welder with the U.A. Steamfitters Local Union 449 for 17 years out of Monacca, retiring in 1988.
He received a patent from the U.S. Patent Office for a light on a tripod. He was well known for his display of 72 John Deere model tractors, dating from 1912 through 2002 and donated it to the Butler Historical Society at the Heritage Center on West New Castle Street in Butler. He called it the Mill Run Farm, which is now on display at the home of his son, James, and his wife, Angela Eyth.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in North Oakland. He taught himself and enjoyed music and could play any stringed instrument, performing with many local musicians over the years.
He married Freda Cumberland Eyth on June 24, 1950. She died Oct. 12, 1998.
He is survived by three daughters, Barbara and Phillip Birckbichle of Butler, Theresa and James Rodgers of Fenelton, and Sandra and James Plunkard of Fenelton; three sons, Donald Eyth of Butler and his loving friend, Susan Race of Valencia, James Eyth and his wife, Angela, of Butler and Richard Eyth and his wife, Kim, of Chicora; a son-in law, Larry Pollock of Chicora; his grandchildren, Daniel and his wife, Donna Birckbichler, of North Carolina, Gregory and his wife, Stephanie Birckbichler, of Illinois, Scott and his wife, Kiana Birckbichler, of Texas, David and his wife, Christine Birckbichler, of Butler, Brandon and his wife, Shannon Eyth, of Petrolia, Breanna and her husband, Jason Cogley, of Slippery Rock, BraePene Miller of Slippery Rock, Brennen Eyth of Chicora, Michele and her husband, Eric Allbee, of Karns City, Jeremy and his wife, Tanya Pollock, of Karns City, Tracy and her husband, Jake Dailey, of East Brady, Emily Eyth, Alyssa Eyth, Dylan Eyth, Heather Plunkard of California, Brayla Eyth and her fiance, Nathan Shirey, of Gibsonia, Derrick Eyth and his fiance, Channing Saul, of Butler, and Cody and Samantha Eyth of Chicora; his great-grandchildren, Adam, Madeline, Mallory, Hunter, Maylani, Mackenzie, Brady, Madison, Kaden, George, Cole, Kinzie, Lillie, Tanner, Madelynn, Tyler, Noah, Carson, Emma, Hanna and Jaxx; his step-great-grandchildren: Jon, Nicki, Eric and Caiden; his sisters, Janet Oesterling of Slippery Rock, Victoria "Vicki" Painter and her husband, Thomas, of Slippery Rock; and his brothers, Victor "Pete" Eyth and his wife, Colleen, of Ohio, Norbert "Blue" Eyth and his wife, Ruth, of Fenelton and Raymond "Skinny" Eyth and his wife, Mary Etta, of Chicora.
In addition to his wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Deb Pollock; brothers, Charles Eyth and Harold Eyth, sisters, Geraldine MacKrell and Mildred Benson; and his stepmother, Charlotte Hesidenz.
EYTH - Friends of George "Mike" Eyth, who died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the STEIGHNER FUNERAL HOME, 111 E. Slippery Rock and Main streets, Chicora.
A blessing service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home officiated by the Rev. Rick Thompson.
Interment with full military honors will be provided by the Chicora VFW and the Chicora and East Brady American Legions in Saint Joseph Cemetery, North Oakland, Chicora.
Steighner Funeral Home
111 East Slippery Rock Street Chicora, PA 16025
Published in Butler Eagle from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2014