Harry A. Carothers, 83, of Washington, formerly of Bridgeville, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Consulate Health Care of North Strabane, Canonsburg, after a brief illness.
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He was born August 7, 1930, in Carnegie, a son of the late John Henry and Marie Gerlock Carothers.
Mr. Carothers served during the Korean War with the U.S. Marine Corps, earning the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with two Battle stars and the Untied Nations Service Medal and was a prisoner of war.
He worked for Reliance Universal Concrete Pipe Division for 22 years and Casper Colosimo and Sons for 22 ½ years as a truck driver. After his retirement in 1991 until 2005, he was self-employed in the small engine service repair business.
Mr. Carothers was a member and past senior vice for seven years of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and a member of American Legion Post 902 of Houston. He was known to all as a "jack of all trades," especially in working on small engines and woodworking. In his spare time, he enjoyed going to the casino.
Surviving are his faithful companion and caregiver, Eleanor Pantely of Washington; her family, that he considered his own, Kathleen (Jake) Spiker of Houston, Paul (Clorinda) Pantely of Texas, Jason (Misty) Spiker and Tiffany Lyle; grandchildren Brock Spiker and Jacob Lyle; great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Dorthia Carothers of McDonald; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are his wife, Mary C. Dupesko; a sister, Mary Niel; and two brothers, Charles and Richard Carothers.
He was the last of his immediate family.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg 724-745-8120, where services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 30, with Pastor Andrew Cobucci officiating. Marine Corps League Detachment Local 1138 of Washington will hold an additional service at Salandra Funeral Service at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 29. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Full military honors will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 honor guard.
To view or express condolences please visit www.salandrafunerals.com.
Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.
304 West Pike St
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Published in Observer-Reporter from June 27 to June 28, 2014