Harry Peter Vanchure, 69, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, with his family by his side, at his home in Parsons.
He was born Dec. 26, 1944, in Wilkes-Barre, the son of the late Angelo Vanchure Sr. and Harriett Miller Vanchure.
Harry graduated from James M. Coughlin High School, Class of 1963. Following graduation, he enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps
and served three tours during the Vietnam War
. He dedicated his young life to the service of the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged after 21 years, attaining the rank of master sergeant.
Shortly before shipping overseas, he married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Mary Jones. After completing his tour of service, with Evelyn by his side, they settled together for the rest of their lives in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre. This past March, they celebrated 49 years of marriage.
Prior to retiring from the service, Harry was employed by Frontier Communications as a telecommunication supervisor.
Harry was an avid fisherman, and loved to cook and spend time with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Albert, Ronald and Donald.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Evelyn Vanchure, at home; son, Harry Vanchure Jr., Parsons; daughter, Tracy Gurdock Mack and her husband, Darwin, Parsons; four grandchildren, Joshua Gurdock, Emilie Gurdock, Zachery Vanchure and Alivia Vanchure; brothers, Angelo Vanchure, New Jersey; Richard Vanchure and wife, Maurce, Bear Creek; and Michael Vanchure and his wife, Ilona, Mountain Top; sister, Charlene Vanchure Everett and her husband, William, Parsons; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and many friends.
A service of remembrance will be held from Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., 55 Stark St., Plains Township, from 5 to 8 p.m. this Thursday.
Friends and family are asked to gather at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Benedict's Church, Austin Avenue, Parsons, to celebrate Harry's Mass of Christian Burial. Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Kearney, pastor. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Marine Corps.
Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and deep gratitude for all expressions of sympathy and acts of kindness during this time of sorrow.
For directions to the services and to send a note of condolences to the family, please visit www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com