Bernard Frank McGaughey, 84, of Fenelton, passed to his heavenly home with his family by his side on Sept. 2, 2021, at his residence.
Born Oct. 12, 1936, in Dayton, Pa, he was the son of the late Beryl C. and Isabelle (Brown) McGaughey, of Rural Valley, Pa.
Bernie was a graduate of Dayton High School.
He served in the U.S. Armed Forces from June 1955 through May 1963, with two years of active duty in Korea, and four years in the reserves. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Sharpshooter and Marksman badges, and was honorably discharged.
He was co-founder along with his father, of M&M Lime Company, Inc. in Worthington, established in 1958, which still operates today. He also was employed by B&O Railroad for 10 years prior to and in the beginning of M&M Lime, along with working night shifts for PennDOT. In the early 1980s, Bernie was instrumental, along with fellow businessmen Wayne Sell, John Thrower, Gary Karnes and others in the revival, restoration, and subsequent reopening of Armstrong Cement & Supply Co.
Bernie was an active and lifelong member of Franklin Union Baptist Church in Worthington, where he served throughout the years as a deacon, trustee, advisory council member and on various committees of the church. He was also a former member of the Alamo Squares Dance Club, Armstrong County.
Bernie loved the outdoors, and especially loved hunting on his properties and out west. Other activities he enjoyed were camping, fishing, boating and square dancing. What he adored most was working alongside his family and employees at M&M Lime.
Bernie is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie A. (Somerville) McGaughey, whom he married on May 17, 1958, and their three children, Scott and Beth (Muir) McGaughey of Worthington, Tammy McGaughey of Chicora, and Kelli McGaughey of Butler; nine grandchildren, Breanna McGaughey, Madison McGaughey, Lance and Katie (Pflugh) Hinton, Connor Hinton, Brock Hinton, Jesse Spohn, Levi Spohn and Colton Spohn; one great-grandchild, Nora Hinton; his sisters, Beverly Stewart of Rural Valley and Roberta (Jack) Stroupe of Rural Valley; his sister-in-law, Martha McGaughey of Dayton; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edwin and Karen (Mulneix) Somerville of Carbon Center; and many special nieces and nephews whom he greatly loved.
In addition to his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his brother Duane C. McGaughey; brothers-in-law, Dale Stewart and Paul Somerville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bette and Lester Boyer, and Etheldreda "Iggie" and Bill Somerville; and his nephews, Loren Stewart and Randy Stroupe.
MCGAUGHEY - The family of Bernard Frank McGaughey, who died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, is honoring his wishes of a private viewing and funeral service for immediate family only.
Burial will be in Worthington Presbyterian Cemetery.
A memorial service for the public will be scheduled and announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations may be made in Bernie's honor to Franklin Union Baptist Church, P.O. Drawer E, Worthington, PA 16262. Also, the family would treasure any letters of special memories with Bernie.
Arrangements are under the care of F. Duane Snyder Funeral Home in Worthington.
For more information or to express condolences to the family, please visit www.snydercrissman.com.
Published by Butler Eagle on Sep. 9, 2021.