Francis W.

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August June 7, 2014

Francis W. August, 68, passed away at home Saturday surrounded by his devoted and loving family.

Born in Shenandoah, May 4, 1946, he was a son of the late Frank J. and Kathryn August.

He was a graduate of Mahanoy Area High School and Williamson Trade School. He also graduated from Penn State University with honors and went on to earn his master' degree in education from McDaniel College, Westminster, Md.

Francis proudly served his country in the MCB 58 Battalion of the Navy Seabees. He served two tours in Vietnam.

Francis taught masonry at Carlisle Area High School and held various administrative positions in the Carlisle Area School District. After his retirement from Carlisle High School, he went on to the position of principal for Commonwealth Connections Academy.

On April 30, 1994, Francis married the love of his life, Elizabeth-Ann Booth-Blyler. They spent 20 wonderful years together before his passing.

Francis was a two-time past master of the Mount Olivet Masonic Lodge 704, Lebanon. He was also a member of the Harrisburg Consistory.

Francis was an active member of Colonial Park United Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, John August, William Quinn and Eugene Quinn; and a sister, Alice Estrada.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Elizabeth-Ann August; three sons, William August and his wife, Carmen, Cory Blyler and his wife, Kate, and Matthew Blyler and his wife, Amy; seven grandchildren, Jonathon Chappie, Brooke, Alison and Luke August and Emma, Madison and Aidan Blyler; and brother, Robert Quinn.

A memorial service will take place at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Colonial Park United Church of Christ, Harrisburg, with the Rev. Bonita Zobeck officiating. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and a Masonic service from 11 to 11:15 a.m. Interment will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at 9 a.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Francis' name to Colonial Park United Church of Christ, 5000 Devonshire Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Hetrick-Bitner, Jesse H. Geigle and Ronald C.L. Smith Funeral Homes and Crematory, Harrisburg, is in charge of arrangements. To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit us at or on Facebook.

Published in Republican & Herald on June 10, 2014
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