Harold L. Tempest, 61, of 133 Spruce St., Tunkhannock, and formerly of Millersville, passed away suddenly on June 25, 2013, in Montrose.
He was born on July 22, 1951, a 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's 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 more than 25 years as a welder until he retired in 2007. After retirement, he and his wife of 39 years moved to Tunkhannock, where 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 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 Northeastern Pennsylvania. Harold will be remembered and missed dearly by all.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Anne Louise Tempest, and an infant grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Burke Tempest, whom he married on Sept. 7, 1974; his daughters and their husbands, Colleen Tempest Newswanger (Cale), Tunkhannock, Kelly A. Myer (Scott), Cape Girardeau, Mo., Stephanie Tempest Marino (Timothy), Pennsburg; his grandchildren, Caden and Taryn Newswanger, Tunkhannock, Everett and Brennen Myer, Cape Girardeau, and Parker and Sadie Marino, Pennsburg.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday 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 Skyview Memorial Park in Tamaqua. Family and friends may call 9 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Harold's name 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 18657.
Online condolences may be sent to Harold's family at www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on June 28, 2013