Ronald M. Pyle Jr. August 3, 1923 February 11, 2014 Ronald M. Pyle, Jr., 90, of Rebers- burg, passed from this life on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Born in Bethlehem on August 3, 1923, Ron was a son of the late Ronald M. Pyle, Sr. and Hazel Rae Pyle. He was a graduate of Media High School and went on to attain a Bachelor's Degree in Forestry from Penn State University. On June 19, 1945, Ron married his high school sweetheart, Mary C. VanHorn, who preceded him in death on April 13, 2009. Ron was a Sergeant during World War II, serving with the Mighty 8th Unit of Army/Air Force fame. After serving in the military, he was employed as a Forest Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service and later transferred to the Department of Interior. After retirement, Ron established Pyle's "O" Wood, a consulting and logging business in Pottstown. Ron is survived by two daughters, Lynn Trimborn (William), of Philadelphia and Robin Hart (Richard,) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one son, Curtis C. Pyle, of Philadelphia; two grandchildren, Richard C. Hart and Keith W. Hart; and two brothers, David R. Pyle (Thelma), of Rebersburg and Leland C. Pyle, of Polk, Mo. In addition to his wife, Ron was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Gephart. Ron was a member of the Miles Township Fire Co. and the Millheim American Legion Keystone Post # 444. He was an accomplished violinist and had a love for the outdoors, enjoying the peacefulness and solitude. Ron was young at heart, a free spirit who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was an avid bicyclist, riding 100 mile marathon's. He completed an adventure through the Mojave Desert alone when he was in his 60's. He and Mary also participated riding tandem in the 11th annual Tour of the Scioto River Valley, the biggest bicycling event in American history. He had a great smile and we will miss him so very much. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, from 5-7 p.m. at the Steven R. Neff Funeral Home in Millheim, followed by the memorial service at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Marvin Freed officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ron may be given to Home Nursing Agency Hospice, 201 Chestnut Ave., PO Box 352, Altoona, PA 16603. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stevenrnefffuneralhome.com.
Published in Centre Daily Times on Feb. 15, 2014