PORT ALLEGANY - Charles ""Chuck"" F. Boller, 87, of Greenville, formerly of Port Allegany, died Thursday (Aug. 14, 2014) in Greenville surrounded by loved ones.
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He was born June 26, 1927, in Port Allegany, the son of Charles F. and Nelle P. Archey Boller Sr. On Sept. 9, 1949, in Port Allegany, he married Ruth E. Dalrymple, who died after a long illness on June 7, 1960. On June 21, 1969, in Port Allegany, he married Jo Ann K. Wells, who survives.
Mr. Boller was a 1944 graduate of Port Allegany High School. Attending Pennsylvania State College (now Penn State University), where he majored in journalism and was a member of the Glee Club, Chapel Choir and Penn State Christian Association, he graduated in 1949. Serving from 1945 to 1946, he was a Tech. 5 in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
Mr. Boller is best known for his role in the life of the weekly community newspaper, the Port Allegany Reporter Argus, a publication for which the name Boller and Reporter Argus became nearly synonymous. Involved for over half-a-century beginning with his work as a teenager with his father at ""the paper,"" Mr. Boller learned the business ""from the ground up."" Following his journalistic studies at Penn State, Mr. Boller officially began his newspaper career in 1949 as partner with his father, assuming the role of editor. In 1965, at the death of his father, ""Chuck"" became editor, publisher and owner of the Reporter Argus, roles he carried on for the next 20 years with a passionate commitment reporting the vitality of Port Allegany as a community. In 1985, he retired from these roles to spend more well-deserved time with family and other community pursuits.
Mr. Boller was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Port Allegany, serving as Lay Leader and a lifetime member of the Church Choir. He was active in Masonry being a member and Past Worshipful Master, Liberty Lodge #505; Coudersport Consistory; Arnold Chapter, X 254, Royal Arch Masons; and recipient of Masonic Meritorious Service Award. Combining his love of choral sacred music and his involvement in Masonry, he was a member of the Passion Play Consistory Choir for more than 40 years as well as a long-time member of the Consistory Men's Choir. Committed to community service, he has served as director of several community service organizations, including the Red Cross, the Community Chest (now United Fund), Exchange Club, and Port Allegany Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to his wife Jo Ann, he is survived by four daughters, Marcia (Sean) Reynolds of Glen Mills, Debra (James) Anderson of Ruston, La., Julie (Jeffrey) James of Hermitage and Lori (Joseph) Cuffari of Millstone Township, N.J.; one son, Paul (Susan) Boller of Kenneth City, Fla.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one younger sister, Mary (Philip) Causer of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth, and his older sister, Jane Slingerland of Canton, Pa.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Hartle Tarbox Funeral Home in Port Allegany. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home during visitation. Visitation will also be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 in the Port Allegany United Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Randall Headley officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Port Allegany. Full military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the Port Allegany Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Port Allegany United Methodist Church, St. Joseph's Episcopal Church of Port Allegany, or the S.W. Smith Memorial Library.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Port Allegany.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
105 North Main Street
Port Allegany, PA 16743
Published in The Bradford Era from Aug. 15 to Sept. 10, 2014