George J. Archibald, 90, of Scranton, died Saturday morning at Geisinger Community Medical Center after an illness. His wife of 59 years, Agnes Baransky Archibald, died Dec. 20, 2005.
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Born March 14, 1923, in Scranton, son of the late Adolph and Mary Munski Archibald, he was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II on the USS Midway. He was a graduate of Johnson School of Technology and attended Penn State University. Before retirement, he was employed for 35 years by Trane Corp. as a tool and die foreman.
George was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Scranton and was a dedicated member of the Braille workers of the church; and was a trustee with the church cemetery. He was a member of Dickson City American Legion and a member of Abington Senior Center.
George had many interests in life that included playing the accordion and the organ. He was an expert carpenter and took great pride in his gardening skills. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting and playing pool as well. George did crossword puzzles daily and cherished the fishing trips he took with his sons to Canada.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Surviving are a daughter, Arlene Taiariol and husband, Joseph, Forest City; four sons, Ronald Archibald and wife, Cathy, Harford; George Archibald Jr. and wife, Ann, Justus; Gary Archibald, Moscow; and Robert Archibald and wife, Debbie, Clarks Summit; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Victor, William and Edward Archibald; and two sisters, Ruth Hogan and Betty Thomas.
A memorial service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 238 Reese St., Scranton, with the Rev. Anthony B. Mandile III, pastor, officiating. Military honors will follow the service. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Dickson City.
Friends may call Thursday, 10:30 until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Matching Fund or the Braille committee at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 238 Reese St., Scranton, PA 18508.
Arrangements entrusted to the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton. For online condolences, go to www.duffyandsnowdon.com.
Howard J Snowdon Funeral Home
1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA 18509
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 24, 2014