ASHLAND — Harold F. Reichwein Sr., 85, of Ashland, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at his home.
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He was born in Lavelle, May 22, 1928, a son of the late Raymond and Dorothy Peiffer Reichwein.
Harold attended Butler Township schools before joining the service. In November 2013, he received his high school diploma during a Veteran's Day program at North Schuylkill High School.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard-Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army Transport Service. His time at sea was spent mostly on the USNS Henry Gibbons. He had recently received his World War II Victory Medal.
On Nov. 25, 1948, he married the former Pearl A. Beury, his wife of 65 years, who survives.
After his discharge from the service, he began strip-mining coal. In 1950, he began the Reichwein and Beury Coal Co., which he owned and operated until the decline of the coal industry in the early 1970s. For the next seven years, he used his master carpentry skills as a one-man construction company and built seven homes in Barry Township. For the past 30-plus years, he was employed as a supervisor for Gilberton Coal Company and continued to work until becoming ill.
Harold was a lifelong member of St. Mauritius Roman Catholic Church, Ashland; a life member of the Frackville Elks, and a member of the American Legion.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Pearl, are four children, Judith Messersmith and her husband, Keith, Rita Yarnell and her husband, Robert, Harold Reichwein Jr. and his wife, Arlene, and Sheila Pitcavage and her husband, Richard, all of Ashland; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, Raymond Yarnell and his wife, Deb, of Indiana, Rita Claire Motuk and her children, Jordan and Jackie, of Hegins, Robert Yarnell and his wife, Erica, and their two children, Derek and Randy, of Utah, Amie Neary and her husband, Michael, and their two children, Miranda and Michael, of Frackville, Lisa Green and her husband, Craig, and their two children, Tyler and Jordan, of Gordon, Susan Boris and her son, Jaydon, of Cumbola, Harold Reichwein III and his wife, Brooke, and their son, Izaah, of Ashland, Stefanie Pitcavage, of Harrisburg, Brian Pitcavage and his wife, Holly, of Norristown, and Sharon Pitcavage, of Bloomsburg; two brothers, Edward Reichwein and Raymond Reichwein and his, wife, Emily, all of Ashland; four sisters, Anna "Ruth" Benditt and Dorothy Horne, both of Sun City, Fla., Nancy Goodfellow and her husband, Raymond, of Perkasie, and Marion "Patsy" Wasaconis and her husband, Joe, of Drexel Hill; a brother-in-law, Howard Beury, of Forestville, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Messersmith; two brothers, Paul and Lamar Reichwein, and a sister, Elizabeth Freed.
REICHWEIN — Harold F. Reichwein Sr., 85, of Ashland. A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church, Ashland. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 1 Maria Hall Drive, Danville 17821. Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland, www.kullfuneral.com, has charge of arrangements.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home
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Ashland, PA 17921
Published in The News Item on Apr. 15, 2014