EMPORIUM - Jerry Boyd McDivitt, 68, of Lindenwood Drive, Emporium, formerly of Port Allegany, died Sunday (May 5, 2013) in Shippen Township.
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Born May 18, 1944, in Bradford, he was the son of Jess and Ruth Heidrich McDivitt. He was the longtime companion of Frances Vermillion, who survives.
Mr. McDivitt was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having attained the rank of sergeant while serving during the Vietnam War.
A resident of Emporium since 2005, Jerry was a 1963 graduate of Port Allegany High School. Following his time in the Marines, he held several different jobs until opening a garage in Mountain View, Mo. In 1992, he returned to Port Allegany where he opened Jerry's Service Center, which he owned and operated for 12 years. He eventually relocated to Emporium and for the past eight years was employed by Gore's Auto Service in Emporium.
Jerry was an avid bowler, hunter and fisherman and was a foster parent several times.
Surviving in addition to his companion, Fran, are her two children, Ricky (Sonya) Vermillion and Crystal Vermillion, both of Smethport; her four grandchildren, Jacob, Noah, Melanie and Gordon; three brothers, Robert McDivitt of Augusta, Ga., Otto McDivitt of Louisiana and Elmer McDivitt of Eldred; five sisters, Mrs. Onalee Dieterle, Mrs. Connie (Eli) Schneider, and Grace McDivitt, all of Eldred, Mrs. Iona (Richard) David of Arcadia, Fla., and Mrs. Cora (Richard) Darrin of Oren, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers; and one sister.
Visitation will be held in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, at which time funeral and committal services will be held with the Rev. Bruce Burkness, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Emporium, officiating. Burial will be in Sanford Cemetery, Shippen Township. Military honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Sanford Cemetery Association, c/o Clara Weir, 411 Woodland Ave., Emporium, PA 15834.
Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home
6 West 6th Street
Emporium, PA 15834
Published in The Bradford Era from May 6 to May 14, 2013