Ernest Neil "Ernie" Retzer, 84, of 666 South Ave., Bradford, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 19, 2014) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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Born Oct. 9, 1930, in Kane, he was a son of the late Ernest Michael and Hilma Larson Retzer. On April 4, 1953, at the Presbyterian Church in Wilcox with the Rev. T. Lambert officiating, he married Beverly Joan Mines Retzer, who survives.
Mr. Retzer was a 1948 graduate of Wilcox High School. On Aug. 17, 1948, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged on Aug. 14, 1952, as an AEZ petty officer. In 1955, Ernie graduated from the Erie County Technical Institute of Buffalo, N.Y., with an associate degree in building and construction. He won an award for his design of his commercial building project.
After his discharge from the Navy, he worked at the Wilcox Tannery for a short time. He worked for Bell Aircraft, Bethlehem Steel, Electro-Metllurgical, Nusbaumer, and Clark & Velze Surveying. He then worked at Corning Glass in Bradford for 27 years as a drafting technician and later for Dale Electronics for six years as a customer engineering technician, retiring in 1993.
He was a member of the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church in Lewis Run, where he had been head usher for many years and a trustee. He was a former co-leader of the Boy Scouts in Bradford, past president and member of the board of directors for the Bradford Area Federal Credit Union for many years, a blood donor for the American Red Cross and a member of the Red Cross Century Club and volunteer driver for the
Ernie enjoyed his family, home maintenance, gardening, hunting in the past, and was known to always have time to help people. His motto was "an honest day's pay for honest day's work."
In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by four daughters, Laurel E. (Gary) Phillips of Ellicottville, N.Y., Beth A. (Cecil Patin) Retzer of Pensacola, Fla., Kathleen J. (Robert) Walsh of Jamestown, N.Y., and Louise M. Retzer of Huron, Ohio; one son, Ernest M. Retzer of Bradford; seven grandchildren, Santino (Nancy) Lombardo, Jeremiah Andrews, Rachel (Jamal Kirk) Andrews, Lawrence Walsh, Ernest John Retzer, Fiona Retzer and Beata Langston; and two great-grandchildren, Jordan Sky Kirk and Johanna Simone Kirk.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard; and a sister, Lois Adkins.
Family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., and again in the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church, Lewis Run, on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Rev. Larry Corner, pastor, officiating.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church, 1447 South Ave., Bradford, PA 16701; or
, McKean County Unit, 95 Main St., Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Nov. 20 to Nov. 26, 2014