Philip W. Durling Sr., 68, of Hometown Avenue, Hometown, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 , after having spent the day being visited by family and friends at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.
- Born in Pottsville, on Aug. 27, 1944, he was the son of the late Catherine A. (Ferryman) Futchko and Samuel and Pearl Wessner of Tamaqua.
He worked as a brick mason for most of his life. He helped construct the Tamaqua hi-rise building and was proud of laying the last brick, which completed the Frackville mall. Phil also worked as camp host for various state parks, and also served in the National Guard. He never missed the first day of buck season in 55 years until this year when his health declined. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and loved to camp.
In 2007 he and his companion traveled cross country in his camper, and he was in awe to see the Grand Canyon. He spent recent winters enjoying the gulf coast of Florida in his camper.
Phil was a kind and loving person to everyone he knew. He always took the time to talk to everyone like he knew them forever.
He was a Marian High School graduate class of 1964, and was raised in the Catholic faith
Surviving are his daughter Wendy L. (Durling) Gerber, companion of Brian Keich; his companion of 12 years, Helen Johson; two sisters Kay (Durling), wife of Joe Aanfuso, and Peggy (Futchko), widow of Frank Andel; a brother John Futchko; four grandchildren, Samantha Durling, Ryan Gerber, Tawnie Gerber, and Tamara Nagle; two great-grandsons, Sylas Flaim, and Elias Nagle; the mother of his children Elaine Dinsmore, and her husband, Jerry; a son-in-law, Daniel Gerber Jr.; many cousins, nieces and nephews, who will miss him.
He was also preceded in death by his son Philip W. Durling Jr., on June 20, 1992; a sister Rita Rickert; and a brother, Nicholas Futchko. Service:
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Ss. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church, Tamaqua, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, with Rev William J. Linkchorst officiating. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service. Interment services will be held at Sky - View Memorial Park, Inc. Hometown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Phil's honor, to Hamilton Funeral Home Inc., 116 S. Liberty St., Orwigsburg, PA 17961 to help defray funeral expenses. Phil's nephew, Ken Breiner, of the Hamilton Funeral Home, is honored to be assisting with arrangements.