C. Andrew ('Drew') Kearney of Dalton, 83, passed away on Dec. 29, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre after an illness.
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A longtime resident of Dalton, Mr. Kearney was friend and family to many.
The second of three children of F. Emmett and Marie Ryan Kearney, Drew grew up in Dalton, served in the U.S. Navy with the Seabees and while in the Navy met and married his first wife, Steele, who was serving in the Navy as a corps nurse.
They raised four children before her death in 1981. After the Navy he completed a degree in business from the University of Scranton in 1959 while working for the Pennsylvania Highway Department and raising a family.
After the death of his first wife, he married Martha Schmidt, mother of six children and widow of Maj. Richard H. Schmidt who was killed in action in the Vietnam War. They lived together until her death in July, 2011.
Mr. Kearney worked for several years for 87 Sales and Service in Tunkhannock, after retiring from more than 30 years with the International Harvester Company, where he worked in sales management and was regional vice president of the New York district before leaving the company. His duties at International Harvester required him to move his family to the suburbs of Norfolk, Va., Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City, but he always found time to return to the family farm in Dalton for summers and holidays until he was able to move back to Dalton in 1975.
An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Drew spent his retirement haying the fields on the family farm in Dalton and buying, fixing, and selling old tractors and equipment.
He was a familiar jovial figure who worked the beer tent at the annual Dalton Fire Company Carnival for many years, and enjoyed cruises in the Caribbean and to Alaska with wife Martha. He especially enjoyed spending time with the many grandchildren of his combined family.
Mr. Kearney was an active member of Our Lady of the Abingtons Catholic Church, a life member of the Dalton Fire Company and the Factoryville Sportsmen's Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Martha E. Schmidt Kearney; and his first wife of 28 years, Mary Steele Perkins Kearney; his older brother F. Emmett Kearney Jr., who died in a motor vehicle accident in 1956; his sister Marie 'Wheatie' Armstrong, who died in 1988; a daughter Connie Giblin-Butts, who died in May 2012; and a niece Elizabeth Armstrong Candelario, who died in February 2012.
Mr. Kearney is survived by three sons: Anthony Kearney of Waverley, F. Emmett Kearney III of Dalton, and Richard Mark Kearney of Sharpsburg; six stepchildren: Richard V. Schmidt of Green River, Utah, Susan Schmidt Shoup of Butler, Karen Schmidt O'Connor of Chantilly, Va, Kurt Schmidt of Cincinnatus, N.Y., Hollie Schmidt Loder of Syracuse, N.Y., and Bonna Schmidt Somers of Lock Haven; nine grandchildren; 16 step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. He also had close relationships with his sister's children: Philip 'Cutch' Armstrong, Katherine A. Wise, Timothy B. Armstrong and Christopher M. Armstrong, all living in Virginia.
Funeral services were Saturday morning, Jan. 4, in Our Lady of the Abingtons Catholic Church, Dalton.
Interment in Evergreen Woodlawn Cemetery, Factoryville.
Arrangements by the Anthony P. Litwin Funeral Home, 33 Reynolds St., Factoryville. Condolences at aplitwinfuneralhomes.com
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dalton Fire Company.
Anthony P. Litwin Funeral Home
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Published in The Wyoming County Examiner from Jan. 8 to Jan. 14, 2014