Earl Wayne "Junie" "Flyer" Upright Jr., Lake Ariel, departed from this life Sunday at the Regional Hospital of Scranton after a brief illness. He would have celebrated his 87th birthday on February 27. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carolyn "Lynn" Heinsohn Birmelin Upright.
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Born in Varden, he was the son of the late Earl Sr. and Mattie Brooks Upright. He graduated from Varden School. Prior to retirement, he had been employed as a mechanic at the former Owl Chrysler Dealership as well as the Lincoln Mercury Dealership, both in Honesdale, Swingle's Garage and Ribaudo Nursing Home in Lake Ariel, and Black Brothers Garage, Hamlin. He was a United States Army veteran, having served in Italy during World War II.
His hobbies included gardening, fishing, hunting, tinkering with engines, shuffleboard, playing cards and enjoying time with his friends in his morning coffee group and afternoon happy hours.
Also surviving are a stepdaughter Debra Dexheimer and her husband, James, of Honesdale; stepsons, Robert and his wife, Jean; Fredric and his wife, Sharon; and Laurence, all of Lake Ariel; Jerald Birmelin and his wife, Elaine, of Waymart; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ellen Upright; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of friends.
He was also preceded in death by sisters, Helen Cobb and Florence Schaffer Clark; brothers Russell, Lyle, Steven and Edward Upright; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Cremation took place in the Lake Region Crematory at the James Wilson Funeral Home.
Friends may call to celebrate his life on Monday, January 14, from 4-7 p.m., at the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel.
For directions or to send the family an online condolence, please visit www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 9, 2013