Eugene William "Yogi" Hetrick (1933 - 2016)

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Eugene "Yogi" William Hetrick, 87, of Brookville, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mr. Hetrick was born on Aug. 14, 1933, in Coolspring, Pa., one of 12 children to the late David R. and Florence (Lingenfelter) Hetrick.
On June 31, 1957, he married Marilyn Jean Swartzfager. She preceded him in death on March 15, 1995.
Some of Eugene's accomplishments include graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1953, at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict from 1953-1955, stationed out of Seattle, Washington.
Eugene was a member of the Local Union 210 (Glass Workers Union), and was employed by Bell Aircraft from 1956 to 1957, Marienville Glass Containers Plant from 1957 to 1983 in which time he moved to North Carolina, and was employed by Owens Illinois of Rockingham, N.C., from 1983 until retiring and moving back to Pennsylvania in 1998. "Yogi" was a self-employed carpenter and also worker for his Uncle Wilson Hetrick.
In his spare time, he loved to make doll houses. He also made a replica of the Coolspring Power Museum, Coolspring village, a funeral home and a beautiful Noah's Ark. He spent countless hours handcrafting each detail of his project. His talent and generosity will be greatly missed.
He was protestant by faith being a member of the Clarington United Methodist Church in Clarington, Pa.; he also attended the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Brookville.
Surviving relatives include six children: Deena A. Smith, Kristin H. Stormer and husband Larry, Eugene D. (Doug) Hetrick and wife Sue, Duncan A. Hetrick and wife Valerie, Kimberly A. Smith and Shane M. Hetrick, all of Brookville; four brothers: Fred Hetrick and wife Donna of Harborcreek, Pa., Raymond Hetrick of Coolspring, Pa., Clay Hetrick and wife Margie of Corsica, Pa., and Clark Hetrick of Ohio; 14 grandchildren: Tiffany Smith, Jessica Stormer, Angela Phillips, Jeremiah Stormer, Trista Stormer, Amanda Thomas, Amy Hetrick, Heather Smith, Josh Daugherty, Travis Daugherty, Natasha Daugherty, Stephanie Ishman, Amber Hetrick and Rebecca Hetrick; and 17 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers: Arnold, David, Darrel, Wayne and Walter; two sisters, Zelma Simpson and Dorie Long; and two infant grandsons.
Friends will be received from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at the Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at the funeral home.
Military honors will be accorded by the Brookville American Legion and VFW.
Interment will be at the Coolspring Cemetery in Coolspring.
Online condolences may be made at
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Shumaker Funeral Home Inc
115 E Union St
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
(814) 938-5421
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Published in The Courier Express on Oct. 23, 2016
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