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January 5, 2013
PV2 Travis Elijah Newton, 21, of Minersville, passed away Saturday afternoon.
Born in Pottsville, he was a son of William H. Jr. and Cheryl Yannaccone Newton, Minersville.
He was a 2010 graduate of Minersville Area High School, where he played football. He also wrestled with Tri-Valley High School.
He was a certified Emergency Medical Technician, having worked for Minersville Good Will Ambulance and volunteered with York-ville Rescue.
He was also an active firefighter with the New Minersville Fire Company. He was involved in the instruction of junior firefighters. He held numerous certifications and awards.
He enlisted in the Army last February, and was currently stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., with the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regi- ment, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.
He was a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Minersville, where he was an active altar server at both St. Francis Church and the former St. Barbara Church until their closing. He currently worshipped at St. Matthew the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Minersville.
Travis was loved by everyone who knew him and could be counted upon to lend a helping hand to all who needed support. He will be remembered for his loving smile. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Germaine Miller Newton; and his maternal grandparents, George V. and Doris Bainbridge Yannaccone.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his siblings, Sarah Newton, Minersville, Marissa McGovern (Thomas), Minersville, and William H. Newton III, Towson, Md.; his nephew and godchild, Grady McGovern; his paternal grandfather, William H. "Red" Newton Sr., Minersville; uncles, aunts and cousins.
Relatives and friends may call from 6 p.m. today and from 6 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury St., Minersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Matthew Church, 135 Spruce St., Minersville. Military honors will follow Mass outside the church. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. The family prefers donations to a scholarship fund to be established at Minersville Area High School. Dutcavich Funeral Home, Minersville, is entrusted with arrangements.
Published in Republican & Herald from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2013