Albert Rowland Dirlam

Albert Rowland Dirlam, 89, of Cherry Ridge, died Friday at home. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Helen M. Smith. The couple married on Sept. 27, 1947.

Born July 21, 1923, at the family home in Honesdale, son of the late Henry E. and Verna Rowland Dirlam, he was a graduate of Honesdale High School, class of 1942. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Airborne Division, 513 Parachute Infantry in the European theater. Later, Albert worked for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after 30 years of employment.

Albert was a member of the VFW and was apart of the "Tour of Honor" to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 2006. He was a member of St. John the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Honesdale and a former member of the Seelyville Fire Company.

An avid football fan, he loved watching the Philadelphia Eagles and he also enjoyed gardening. In 1957, he and father attended opening night at Monticello Raceway, where he and friends would spend many fun nights.

Also surviving are a son, Albert Dirlam and wife, Debbie, Harding; a daughter, Sharon Lessard and husband, Jeff, Pittsford, N.Y.; grandchildren, Eryn and Heather; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Dirlam, on May 8.

As per his request, cremation was held and a memorial service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hessling Funeral Home Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale. Interment with military honors will follow in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 to service. Condolences: www.hessling

Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 28, 2012