Alan R. Terwilliger

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Alan R. Terwilliger, 85, of Hegins, passed away Sunday at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born on Saturday, July 8, 1933, in Sharon, a son of the late Raymond Terwilliger and the late Marion Duitch Terwilliger.

He was a 1952 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School and 1956 graduate of Penn State University.

Alan was a member of AGR Fraternity at Penn State University. He was an avid fan of his Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

He served as president of Tri-Valley CAN DO Organization from 1966-72; was a board member from 1970-2008 and chairman of the board from 1983-85 of the Greater Pottsville Industrial Development Corp. (GPIDC)/Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO); was a board member from 1985-2010 and chairman of the board from 1992-95 of the Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA).

Alan served in the military and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1956. He served six months active duty and seven years in the National Guard and Reserves, Pine Grove, Unit 228th S/T, 28th Division.

He was named the G. Earl Stephenson Distinguished Citizen Award in 1989 by the Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival for distinguished and unselfish service given to the Greater Pottsville community.

Alan served as chairman of Tri-Valley Charities, Tri-Valley school board, chairman of the Tri-Valley Basketball and Wrestling clubs, Tri-Valley Community Pool fundraising drive and chairman of the Board of Adjustment of Hegins Township.

He was part owner and former president of Huntsinger Farms Inc., Hegins.

Alan is survived by his wife, Ruth E. Huntsinger Terwilliger, to whom he was married for 60 years. He is also survived by two daughters, Celeste Rae Terwilliger and her partner, Eugene Shepherd, Dedham, Mass., and Amy Jo Bruso and her husband, Bruce, Hegins; three sons, John E. Terwilliger and his wife, Marina, Hegins, Stephen C. Terwilliger and his wife, Debbie, Hegins, and Neil S. Terwilliger and his wife, Vicki, Sacramento; five grandsons, Austen Terwilliger and his wife, Monica, Houston, Texas, Evan Terwilliger and his wife, Miya, Chestnut Hill, Mass., Cody Bruso and his fiancee, Meghan Bjerke, Media, Cale Bruso, Hegins, and Joshua Terwilliger and his wife, Michelle, Dalmatia; a granddaughter, Danielle Terwilliger, Hegins; a great-granddaughter, Brylie Terwilliger, Hegins; two sisters, Judy Coleman, Dallas, Texas, and Sally Dilts, Camarillo, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Tri-Valley Charities, P.O. Box 751, Valley View, PA 17983. Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at

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Published in Republican & Herald on Jan. 8, 2019
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