Irvin Spencer Lyter Jr., 82, of 31 Vista Ave. Ext., Bradford, passed away Thursday (May 26, 2016) surrounded by his loving family at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
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Born May 7, 1934, in Harrisburg, he was a son of the late Irvin Spencer and Lottie Marie McClintock Lyter. On Oct. 11, 1957, he married Sandra Jane Smith Lyter, who survives.
Mr. Lyter was a 1952 graduate of Lemoyne High School. After high school, he worked for NPC as a manager of the Planter's Peanut Store in Harrisburg.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served on the Border Patrol between East and West Germany during the Cold War, and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant first class.
Mr. Lyter graduated from Indiana State College (IUP) with a bachelor's of science degree in education. He studied political science and economics at Pennsylvania State University and received his master's degree in education from St. Bonaventure University.
Irv began his teaching career in 1961 for the Bradford Area School District as a teacher at Floyd C. Fretz Junior High School. From 1972 to 1974, he served as assistant principal at Bradford High School. In 1974, Irv was appointed principal at Floyd C. Fretz Junior High School and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1988. He was also a real estate salesman for Upper Allegany Reality.
Mr. Lyter served on Bradford City Council, the Bradford City Zoning Board and as a Republican Committeeman of the Sixth Ward in Bradford. He served on the board of directors of McKean County Visiting Nurses, the board of directors of the Landmark Society, board of directors and was past president of the McKean County SPCA, past president of the Bradford Kiwanis Club, board of directors of the Bradford Children's Home (Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems) and served as secretary of the board of Bradford Children's Home, member of the Northwest Council of Higher Education, and was a former vice president of the Jaycee's.
He also served on various boards at the Derrick City United Methodist Church and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bradford. He was a member of American Legion, Post 108, past member of various educational organizations such as, BAEA, PSEA, NEA, and Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals.
Surviving, in addition to his wife Sandy, are two daughters, Martha Jean (David) Jones of Edinboro, and Ann Elizabeth (Timothy) Thomas Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, Vaughn Chad (Geraldine Miller) Lyter of Allegany, N.Y., and Clifford Bryce (the late Cheryl Jean) Lyter of Emmett, Idaho; 11 grandchildren, Kristen Marie Spears, Brian Spencer Lyter, Catherine Lynn Lyter, Jacob Allen Lyter, Jessica Jean Lyter, Sandra Kathleen Thomas, Schelley Moria Thomas, Paige Elizabeth Thomas, Jennie Kathleen Jones, Grace Elizabeth Jones, and Kerri Nicole Jones; two great grandchildren, William Irvin Spears and Annalee Jane Lyter; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jennie Marie Lyter; and two brothers George Harry Lyter and John Wayne Lyter.
Family will be receiving friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the First Presbyterian Church, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, retired Presbyterian pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Futures Inc., 1 Futures Way, Bradford PA 16701; Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital, 1845 8th St., Erie PA 16505; or a charity of the donor choice.
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 May 28 to June 6, 2016