Charles E. and Laura (Davis) Mortimer

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Charles E. Mortimer, 93, and Laura Davis Mortimer, 92, went to be with their Lord in 2014.
Charles passed away Dec. 29, 2014, and Laura, Sept. 30, 2014.
They were longtime residents of Munderf (59 years) and 33-year residents of The Villages in Lady Lake, Fla.
Both Laura and Charles were born in Munderf, Polk Township. Charles, son of Ralph and Lottie Wingard Mortimer, was born Feb. 15, 1921. Laura, daughter of Ambrose and Sarah Davis, was born April 24, 1922. They were married 73 years.
Charles, by trade, was a full-time farmer and mechanic for Brockway Glass for 30 years. Upon retirement in 1980, Charles and Laura moved to The Villages of Lady Lake, Fla.
Charles, with the devoted support of Laura, led a very active life. A World War II veteran of the Pacific Theater, he was honorably discharged in 1946. Prior to induction in 1944, he worked with Remington Rand Corp on production of the Norden bombsight. They purchased a farm in Polk Township adjacent to his father's and raised registered Hereford cattle which led to his serving as Director/Secretary/Treasurer of the North Central Coop. Beef Breeders Association. He served as director of Jefferson Farm Bureau and participated in the merger that formed Agway Corporation.
In 1967, he was chosen as a member of the Pennsylvania delegation of the People to People Goodwill Tour which traveled to Belguim, Russia, Czechoslovakia, East and West Germany, Switzerland and Spain.
In the community, Charles served with the Munderf Methodist Church as School Superintendent, Treasurer, and Treasurer of Hazen charge.
The couple actively supported a number of national and world missions and served as Polk Township March of Dimes Chair.
He helped incorporate the Munderf Cemetery Association and install perpetual care. Starting on Polk Township school board in 1951, he was president from 1955 to 1965, when Polk became part of Brockway Area School District, of which he became president. In 1971, he was appointed as Brockway representative to the Jefferson County DuBois Area VoTech in Reynoldsville.
Laura was very active in the Munderf Methodist Church and was responsible for obtaining a generous donation to help purchase the church organ. She also served the community for many years as the tax collector for Polk Township. For several years, she enjoyed competing with the traveling billiards team in the Villages and brought home many trophies.
The love and devotion of this couple from their faith to the support of education will be forever felt by their surviving three children, Charles Mortimer, Elaine Pimental and Thomas Mortimer; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and extended families including Charles' brother, Richard, and sister, Marion Scott, both of Florida.
A memorial service and burial will be held in Munderf in April, 2015.
Published in The Courier Express from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2015
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