Don C. Kearney (1930 - 2016)

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Don C. Kearney, age 86, of 2802 Route 219, Brockway, Pa., passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at his residence.
Born on Feb. 23, 1930, in Brockway, he was the son of the late William Thomas and Bessie Hamilton McMinn Kearney. Don was married to the love of his life, Betty Jane Holmes, for 46 years before she preceded him in death in 1997.
Our dad was always "LARGER THAN LIFE." He loved being with family and friends and enjoyed camping, hunting, farming at camp, singing, Nascar's Bill Elliot, and PSU football.
Don served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-1950.
Don worked several jobs but loved driving truck, During the course of his life, he drove coal truck and tractor trailer for local companies. He was self-employed for many years before retiring to care for his wife.
Don is survived by four daughters: Linda Pierce of Brockway, Karen (Michael) Soble of Bellefonte, Dawn (David) Holt of Brockway and Marsha (Don) Guthridge of Falls Creek. In addition he is also survived by granddaughters, Bridget Heilbrun and Missy (Rick) Rummel, both of Brockway; grandsons, Donnie (Carrie) Heilbrun, Shawn Heilbrun and Kevin Schutz, all of Brockway, and Eric Soble of Philadelphia. Also surviving are great-grandchildren: Jordan, Madison and Haley Rummel; Nathan, Lilly, Brea and Lainy Heilbrun, all of Brockway; step grandchildren: Adam, Matthew and Christie Guthridge; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, including Gary "Pete" (Kathleen) Buskirk of Hermitage, Pa.
In addition to his parents and his wife he is also preceded in death by two sisters, Marian Buskirk and Georgena Gorham; and one brother, William "Red" Kearney.
Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, also at the funeral home with the Rev. Clair Lundberg officiating. Burial will follow in Beechwoods Cemetery. Full Military Honors will be accorded by Parson-Marnati Post #95 of the American Legion Saturday afternoon at the cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pennsylvania Wildlife Habitat Unlimited, PO Box 851, DuBois, PA 15801.
Online condolences may be left at
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Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc
1033 4Th Ave
Brockway, PA 15824
(814) 268-2732
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Published in The Courier Express on Mar. 25, 2016
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