Harold L. Tempest, 61, of Tunkhannock, formerly of Millersville, died on Tuesday in Montrose. He is survived by his wife, Mary Burke Tempest, whom he married on Sept. 7, 1974.
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He was born on July 22, 1951, the son of the late Harold H. and Ann Winsco Tempest. Harold was a graduate and class president of Mahanoy Area High School, class of 1969. He also received an associate degree in electronics from Ryder Technical Institute, Allentown. He worked for Hahn in Lancaster as a foreman. He also worked at UGI in Lancaster for 25-plus years as a welder until he retired in 2007. After he retired, he and his wife of 39 years moved to Tunkhannock and he continued to work for gas companies, most recently with Williams Mainstream as a certified construction pipeline welding inspector. Harold was a member of Moose Lodge 1276 in Tunkhannock and a social member of the VFW Post 7294 in Millersville.
He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycles; hunting, especially pheasants at Ringneck Ridge in Laceyville; fishing and watching NFL football games. He especially enjoyed watching his daughters and their children participate in all of their sporting activities. Harold loved his family and friends very much. He had a big heart and a big smile and only wanted the best for his girls. He was a dedicated and driven worker, who was living his dream working on the pipeline in NEPA. Harold will be remembered and missed dearly by all. He passed away suddenly.
He is also survived by his daughters and their husbands, Colleen Tempest Newswanger (Cale) of Tunkhannock; Kelly A. Myer (Scott) of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Stephanie Tempest Marino (Timothy) of Pennsburg; his grandchildren, Caden and Taryn Newswanger of Tunkhannock; Everett and Brennen Myer of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Parker and Sadie Marino of Pennsburg.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Anne Louise Tempest; and an infant grandson.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with the Rev. Lori Robinson of the Factoryville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at the Sky-View Memorial Park in Tamaqua.
Family and friends may call Saturday from 9 until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so to the Tunkhannock Baseball Association, c/o Bob Barkley, 116 Woodcrest Drive, Tunkhannock, PA 18657, or the Tunkhannock Gridiron Club, c/o Bob Richards, 38 West St., Tunkhannock, PA.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sheldonkukuchkafuneral home.com.
Published in Scranton Times on June 28, 2013