Harley Ernest Steward, age 94, of the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home of Erie, and formerly of 4220 French St., passed away due to complications from pneumonia on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
He was born in Dunkirk, N.Y. on January 29, 1920, a son of the late Harley Edgar and Martha Caldwell Steward. He lived in Erie most of his life and graduated from Academy High School in 1939. Harley went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army during WW II as a radio operator. He retired from GE where he was a design draftsman. Harley was a longtime member of the East Erie Turners and National Radio Clubs. He was a DJ enthusiast and most of all enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Marion D. Steward in 1992; one sister, Wanda Niemyjski; and one brother, John Steward.
He is survived by two daughters, Janet S. Thompson and her husband, Clifton "Bud" of Jamestown, N.Y. and Kathleen S. Sontheimer and her husband, Robert of Millcreek; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, PA 16504 on Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the PA Soldiers and Sailors Home, 560 East 3rd St., Erie, PA 16507.
Schmidt Funeral Home
5000 Wattsburg Road Erie, PA 16504
Published in the Erie Times-News on May 11, 2014