ALLEGANY - Charles "Charlie" Phearsdorf of 2985 N. Nine Mile Road passed away Saturday (April 27, 2013) with his family at his side.
Born Feb. 11, 1930, in Olean, he was the son of George C. and Lillian M. Frailer Phearsdorf. On Nov. 5, 1950, at St. George's By The River Episcopal Church in Rumson, N.J., he married Joan L. Davies, who survives.
Mr. Phearsdorf was a 1947 graduate of Salamanca High School. He worked on the family farm for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army, serving from 1949 to 1952 with the 438th Army Engineers during the Korean War.
As a resident of Salamanca and Allegany most of his life, he was a hard-working man who operated the family farm and also worked for 30 years for the St. Bonaventure University maintenance department until 1993.
He held the position of trustee of the Allegany Cemetery Association for many years, was a strong supporter of both the Salamanca Historical Society and the Allegany Historical Society and was active with the Air Force Association and the Korean War Veterans Association. He also was a member of the Model T Club of America, the Allegany Sixty Plus Club and the Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post 892, where he had received the Legionnaire of the Year Award. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was a former advisor for the Boy Scout Troop 677 of Allegany. He was associated with several area musical groups including the Allegany Alumni and Friends Band and was a charter member of the former Allegany Band Parents. He also associated with the Twin Tiers Community Band and the Rushford Town Band. A lifelong passion of his was rollerskating.
Surviving besides his wife are four children, Pam (Robert) Olkosky, Bill (Debbie) Phearsdorf, Sr., Nancy (Robert Silvis) Phearsdorf and Gary (Lori) Phearsdorf, all of Allegany; ten grandchildren, Michael (Beth Dixon) Olkosky, Emily Olkosky, Amy Olkosky, Timothy Olkosky, Bill Phearsdorf, Jr., Capt. Adam (Maigen O'Toole) Phearsdorf, Elizabeth (Chris Fortuna) Phearsdorf, Garret (Audrey) Phearsdorf, Nolan Phearsdorf and McKenna Phearsdorf; five great grandchildren, Molly Olkosky, Brayden Phearsdorf, Abel Phearsdorf, Brittany Phearsdorf and Brandon Phearsdorf; a sister, Barbara Skudlarek of Salamanca; a brother, David "Pat" (Margaret) Phearsdorf of Carrollton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Robert Phearsdorf in 1982; a sister, Helen Litzenburger; and a brother, Roger Phearsdorf.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday (May 1, 2013) at the St. Bonaventure University Chapel. Rev. James Vacco will be the celebrant. Burial will be in Allegany Cemetery with full military honors being accorded by the Allegany American Legion Ritual Team.
Memorials may be made to the Allegany Historical Society, PO Box 162, Allegany, NY 14706, the Salamanca Historical Society, 125 Main St., Salamanca, NY 14779, or to the Allegany American Legion Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.oleanfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Olean Times Herald from Apr. 29 to May 2, 2013