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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Obituary & Clipping Section
Bradford County, Pennsylvania

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

Grover Cemetery, Canton Township, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries 

 

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Also Called Turner Cemetery

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Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 

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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com) 



ADAMS –MRS. MYRTLE H. WOODWARD, 78, wife of John D. Woodward of Canton RD 1 died about 4:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 1979 at the Bradford County Manor where she had been a resident since February.  She was a Lycoming County native born on June 23, 1901 in Leolyn, McNett Township, daughter of Henry and Roslyn Barnes Adams.  Mrs. Woodward was a member of the Calvary Alliance Church in Canton.  She and her husband observed their 35th wedding anniversary in June.  Besides her husband, John she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Leah Parker of Canton; a son, Harold “Chubb” Smith of Canton RD 1; a stepson, Edward Eugene Woodward of Ralston; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Juanita Anderson also of Ralston; brother, Roy Adams of Roaring Branch RD 1; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.  The funeral will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Edward Ayers, her pastor officiating.  Burial will be in Grover Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review

HARRY J. (Smokey) ALLEN, 63, of Canton RD2 died Sunday, June 22, 1986 at the VA Medical Center, Bath, N.Y.  Smokey was born Dec. 12, 1922 at Williamsport, Pa., the son of Harry C. and Nettie Mae Allen.  Mr. Allen was an Army veteran of World War II.  He was a life member and past commander of the Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714 and was a former member of its board of directors.  He was a life member of the Cooties Pup Tent No. 85, and past commander of the Bradford County V.F.W. Council.  Mr. Allen was a member of Brooks Flick American Legion Post No. 42 of Troy.  Active in community affairs, he was also a life member of the Innes Hose Company of Canton and served as an ambulance driver for the Canton Ambulance Association.  Mr. Allen was a member of the Canton Moose Club No. 429, the Wheel Inn, Inc., the Endless Wind Volunteer Fire Company of Shunk and he was a social member of the Deer-Xing Detachment, Marine Corps League, Ralston.  Surviving is his wife of 16 years, the former Betty Lou May; two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Clara) Burgess and Susan Jennings, both of Towanda; three grandsons; one granddaughter and one great-grandson; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Ruth R. May of Owego; seven sisters; Mrs. Paul (Cora) Roby of Troy, Mrs. Clay (Florence) Harris of Mehoopany, Mrs. Dee (Betty) Perry of Columbia Cross Roads, Mrs. Joe (Geraldine) Kilmer of Groton, N.Y., Ann Kelly of Laceyville, Dorothy Rathbun of Indiantown, Fla., Martha Gardner of Troy, two brothers, George Allen of W. Burlington and Donald Allen of Fleetwood, Pa.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; one uncle and aunt, Howard and Helen VanHorn of Fern Park, Fla.  He was predeceased by a brother, Carl Norman Allen, on Jan. 9, 1977.  The funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 25, at 11 a.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. David Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples, officiating.  Interment will be in Grover Cemetery.  Family and friends may call Tuesday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  The Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714 will hold a memorial service at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and the Moose Lodge No. 429 will hold a memorial service there at 8:30 p.m.  Those wishing may forward memorial donations to the Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714 Building Fund in care of: Arthur May, RD1, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.

 

AMES Ida Hazel

On Friday, June 24th, 2011, Troy resident Ida Hazel Ames died unexpectedly at her residence. She was 63 years of age.  Born April 30th, 1948 in Elmira, she was the daughter of Frederick J. and Betty Louise (Jackson) Ames. Known to family and friends as Hazel, she courageously dealt with the challenges of her physical infirmity, never allowing it to interfere or hinder her every day activities. Hazel enjoyed camping and fishing, and looked forward with great anticipation to attending the Troy Fair each year. She was a warm, friendly and giving person who was devoted to her extended family. Hazel was also a woman with an insurmountable faith in the Lord. She was a member of the Canton Seventh Day Adventist Church, and read her Bible regularly, drawing strength from the Word during life’s trials.  Surviving are her brothers Frederick Ames of Lebanon, John (& Terry) Ames of Sylvania and Robert (& Jennifer) Ames of Canton, sister Betty Beals of Troy and several nieces and nephews, all of whom were dear to her heart. She was preceded in death by her parents Frederick J. and Betty Ames, a sister Penny Ames and brother, Andy Ames.  A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, June 30th at Grover Cemetery, Rt. 14 south of Canton. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton.   Canton Independent Sentinel – June 30, 2011

 

RICHARD I. ARBOGAST, 62, of Richland, PA, died Monday, May 15, 2006 at the VA Medical Center Hospice, Lebanon, PA.  Born in Canton, on July 17, 1943, he was the son of Harry D. and Amy E. (Twist) Arbogast.  He was a 1961 graduate of Canton High School.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.  Dick was employed for several years by Hamilton Watch in Lancaster, PA.  He worked as a bartender at the Richland American Legion Post 880, Richland, PA for 26 years, retiring in 2006.  He was a life member of Richland American Legion Post 880 and a member of the Myerstown VFW Post 6076.  He was an avid reader, enjoyed golf, was an avid photographer and enjoyed travel, fishing and hiking.  He is survived by one sister, Sharon Bragg of Manchester, NH; two brothers, Robert Arbogast of Hungry Horse, MT and Glen, husband of Pamela Arbogast of Westerville, OH two nieces and one nephew.  A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at the American Legion Post in Richland with the Rev. Johnnie Lengel officiating.  Interment services were conducted by Rev. Jay Morris at the Grover Cemetery on May 24, 2006.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

CLARENCE I. AUSTIN, 84, of Canton, died, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1981 at the Bradford County Manor, Luthers Mills.  Born in Ogdensburg, Pa., March 31, 1896, he was the son of Ira and Matilda Dibble Austin.  For many years, Mr. Austin was a coal miner in the Morris Run area.  After moving to Canton, he was a plumber and carpenter and was retired from the Pa. Department of Forests and Waters.  Mr. Austin served 18 years as a Union Township Supervisor.  Survivors include his wife, the former Emma Watkins.  Mr. and Mrs. Austin celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Dec. 22, 1980.  Other survivors include four sons, David Austin, Millerton, Elwin Austin, Big Flats, N.Y., Edward Austin, East Troy, and Leon (Bud) Austin, Canton; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Roupp, Horseheads, N.Y., and Mrs. Edna Landon, Canton; 31 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and also great-great-grandchildren.  Private funeral and committal services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the Alba Christian Church, presiding.  Burial will be in the Grover Cemetery.  Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  The family will provide flowers. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

PHILIP RAY AUSTIN, 44, Kingsley, PA, (Susquehanna Co.) and formerly of Canton, died September 8, 2002 as the result of a tragic motor vehicle accident.  Born on December 6, 1957 in Troy, he was the son of Leon “Bud” and Phylis (Isaacs) Austin.  He graduated from Canton Schools with the class of 1976 and attended the former Williamsport Area Community College where he studied to become an electrician.  He was employed by Price Lumber Company of South Gibson, PA; working in a variety of fields including maintaining building operations, driving truck and repairing equipment.  Mr. Austin was a caring and thoughtful man who was always willing to lend a helping hand.  He was a proud father and cherished the times he spent with his children.  He was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed being outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and trips hunting out west.  He was also very talented at restoring old John Deere farm tractors.  In addition to his parents Leon “Bud” and Phylis Austin of Canton he is survived by his beloved children Samantha Jane, Stacey Mae and Ethan Philip; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Philip Werkeiser, Puyallup, WA; LouAnn and Rodney Itle, Deer Park, TX; Donna and Paul Walters, Edgewood, MD; Deborah and Mark McDill, Ramstein Air force Base, Germany; several aunts, cousins; very special friends, Ordie and Alene Price and their children Austin, Loren and Ordie, Jr. all of South Gibson.  Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, September 11 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  The funeral and committal service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  Burial will be held in Grover Cemetery.  His family suggests that memorials in Philip’s name may be directed to a charity of one’s choice.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

AUSTIN –IDA HERMAN, 83, Roaring Branch, RD 1, died August 12, 1990, at Troy Community Hospital.  Mrs. Herman was born January 28, 1907, in Leolyn, Union Twp., a daughter of Stephen and Ophelia Zittle Austin.  She was a graduate of Canton High School and Mansfield Normal School in 1930, and had taught in rural schools in Joe Hill, Spencertown and Gleason.  She helped on the family from for 52 years.  Mrs. Herman was a member of the Ogdensburg Church of Christ and a 55-year member of the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293.  Surviving are her husband of 52 years.  Lawrence (Fats) Herman; one son and daughter-in-law.  Larry and Mary Herman, Roaring Branch, RD 1; one daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Stub Kilbourn, Roaring Branch RD 1; five grandchildren, Teresa and Larry M. Herman, Heather, Jeff, and Scott Kilbourn; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Crumm, Roaring Branch, and Mrs. Alberta Neal, Roaring Branch RD 1; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Austin, Laporte; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by a sister, Mrs. Beatrice Ward, Roaring Branch, and a brother, Nathan Austin, Towanda.  The funeral service was held Wednesday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.  Interment was in the Grover Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association in Mrs. Herman’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

AUSTIN - ROUPP, Virginia L. (Shaw)
Age 93, of Montour Falls, NY passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at the Seneca View Nursing Facility. Virginia Lois "Ginny" Austin was born in Canton, PA on Oct. 18, 1916, a daughter of Clarence and Emma (Watkins) Austin. After attending Canton Schools, Ginny worked for a time at Corning Glass. Later, she retired from Westinghouse in Bath following many years of dedicated employment. She then attended beauty school and became a beautician. She owned and operated a salon in Elmira for several years. She also sold Amway and Shaklee products and was proud to be involved with elections, volunteering as a voting booth worker. Ginny was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed being a layman church speaker. Her church memberships included the Methodist Church in Corning, 1st Methodist Church of Elmira and Pine Valley Methodist Church. Surviving are her three children, Patricia Darrow of Corning, Lois Campbell and Stephen Shaw both of Elmira, nine grandchildren; Lorna, Bryan, J.B., Stephani, Graham, Pamela, Brandy, Alfa and Holly, 16 great-grandchildren and a great great-grandson, three siblings; Edna Landon and Leon "Bud" (Phyllis) Austin all of Canton and Mike (Dorothy) Austin of Troy, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Virginia was predeceased by her son, Gary L. Shaw, a stepdaughter, Clara Stephenson, two brothers; David and Elwin Austin and her husbands; Alfred H. Shaw and Clarence Levi Roupp. A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Monday, at the Grover Cemetery, in Canton Township with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is in care of arrangements. - Elmira Star Gazette, April 11, 2010

ALAN EUGENE AVERY, 40, LeRoy Twp. died June 6, 1998, at home.  Born June 21, 1957 in Sayre, he was the son of Theola M. (Johnson) Avery, LeRoy Twp., and the late Gerald D. Avery Jr.  He was an all-around sportsman, an avid hunter and fisherman who never got enough of the outdoors. Mr. Avery also enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and spending time with family and friends.  Surviving are: a loving brother, Thomas V. Avery, LeRoy Township; grandparents, Gerald D. and Mabel Avery, Grover; numerous aunts, uncles and many friends. The funeral service was held June 9 from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with Solomon Eschenburg, a close personal friend of the family, officiating.  Interment will be private. –Canton Independent Sentinel.  (Buried Grover Cemetery)

FLOYD EUGENE AVERY, 63, a well-known Grover Resident, died at his home early Sunday morning, Sept. 24, 2000, while surrounded by his loving family.  Born Nov. 17, 1936 in Grover, he was a son of the late Gerald, Sr. and Lenora Morgan Avery.  Floyd graduated from Canton High School in 1954.  As a young man, Floyd assisted his father at the Avery’s General Store, formerly of Grover.  He also worked part time at the Midway Truck Stop in Roaring Branch.  It was at the Midway where he met the former Virginia Stone.  They soon married on June 8, 1957 in Grover.  Following their marriage, Floyd accepted employment with the Pennsylvania Railroad.  He held the position for 16 years until his partial retirement in 1973.  It was then that Floyd established the Our House Restaurant in Grover and, along with help from his family, devoted himself to its daily operation.  Floyd was an active member of the Grover Church of Christ.  He enjoyed participating in community functions, serving as founder and director of the Apple and Cheese Festival.  He was recently appointed to the board of Canton’s Rekindle the Spirit and was a member of the Williamsport Herb Guild.  He was also a member of the former Canton Jaycees.  Floyd enjoyed traveling.  His main interests in life encompassed the loved he shared with his family, home and church.  He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Virginia, at home; daughter and son-in-law, LouAnn and Earl Smith of Roaring Branch; foster son and spouse Ronald and Darla Swimley of Gillett; granddaughter Krissy Smith of Roaring Branch and her fiance Jason Victory of Canton; grandson Shane Smith of Roaring Branch; sister and brother-in-law Eunice and Mart McFall, Sr. of Grover; three brothers and three sisters-in-law, Alvah and Barbara Avery of Canton, Richard and Katherine Avery of Canton, and Burton and Barbara Avery of Elmira, N.Y.; stepmother Mabell Avery of Grover; mother-in-law Martha Stone of Grover; two sisters-in-law, Theola Avery of Canton, and Shirley Batcheleder of Westerly, R.I.; two brothers-in-law, Roy Stone of Silver Springs, MD., and Paul Stone of Silver Springs, Md., and Paul Stone of Olympia, Wa.; numerous, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, Floyd was predeceased by a brother, Gerald D. Avery, Jr.; two infant sisters, Maxine and Charlene Avery; a nephew, Alan Avery, and several aunts and uncles.  The family will receive friends Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home with Pastor Willard Strunk officiating.  Interment will be held in the Grover Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be directed to the Grover Church of Christ, Grover, PA in Mr. Avery’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

LEROY DEAN BABCOCK, 13 of Canton RD 1, Pa., unexpectedly Tuesday, July 12, 1955 at Towanda RD, Pa.  Survived by father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Babcock of Canton; mother, Mrs. David Fisher of Towanda RD; sister, Mary E. Babcock; brother, Charles Babcock; half-sister, Linda Babcock and half-brother, Franklin Babcock, all of Canton.  Body is at Morse Funeral Home, Canton where friends may call Thursday evening.  Service there Friday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Paul Fattaruso.  (Grover) Turner Cemetery, near Grover, Pa.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/13/1955

LUKE J. BABCOCK age 71 of 22 Carlton St., Canton, Friday, March 6, 1964.  He was a member of Canton Lodge, Loyal Order of the Moose, a 42 year employee of Belmar Mfg. Co., Canton.  Survived by wife, Mrs. Florence Babcock; sister, Mrs. Margaret James of Mather, Pa.  Body at Morse Funeral Home, Canton.  Funeral was held there today at 2 p.m., the Rev. Donald Rahtjen.  Grover Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 3/9/1964

CARLYLE L. BAGLEY, 75, OF Canton RD 2 died Saturday, Feb. 9, 1991, in the Robert Packer Hospital following a heart attack.  Mr. Bagley was born May 8, 1915, at Wheelerville, Sullivan County, a son of George and Bertha Brown Bagley.  Carlyle married the former Eloise Thomas of Canton on June 8, 1941.  They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this June.  Mr. Bagley served with the Civil Conservation Corp, at Masten, Pa., in the late 1930s.  He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Mr. Bagley and his brother, Raymond, owned and operated Bagley’s Sawmill in Sullivan County and later in Cedar Ledge for over 20 years.  He then worked as a millwright and carpenter in various locations for several years.  For the past 15 years he had been involved in the operation of the family veal farm.  He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Central Eastern Pennsylvania Coon Hunters Club in Sunbury and a past member of Northern Tier Veal Growers Association.  Surviving are his wife, Eloise; two daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Earl Ridall of Canton and Sharon and Michael Brutzman of Towanda; son and daughter-in-law, George (Dale) and Char Bagley of Vancouver, Wash.; two sons, Carlyle Bagley Jr., at home, and Roy Bagley, Williamsport; six granddaughters; Mrs. Gary (Nicole) Jackson, Bonnie Ridall, Mrs. Brian (Carolyn) Benninger, Mrs. Jeffery (Cassandra) Edmondson, Mikal Brutzman and Gwen Bagley; three great-grandson, Christopher and Samuel Jackson and J. Joseph Edmondson; one brother, Raymond Bagley of Canton RD 1; two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Sharrow of Pinedale, Wyo., and Mrs. Elmer (June) Jenkins of Shunk, two sisters-in-law, Madeline Thomas of Elmira and Mrs. Harvey (Marie) Ohm of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by two brothers, Walter Bagley, in 1979, and Robert Bagley, in 1989.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Monday from 7-9 and Tuesday from 1-2 p.m.  The funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Christian Church, officiating.  Interment will be in the Grover Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 152 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa. or to a charity of one’s choice. –Towanda Daily Review.

BAILEY
Bailey, Glen C. age 82 of Canton, Pa. R.D. 2, Sunday, October 21, 1973 at the Troy Community Hospital, no calling hours. Private Funeral and Committal Services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Pa., Interment, Grover Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined Survived by daughters, Mrs. Eugene Terry, Mrs. Royce June, Mrs. Eugene Passeri, Miss Joyce Bailey, all of Canton, Pa,, Mrs. Arthur Miller of Elmira, N.Y. Miss Freida Bailey and Mrs. Gerald Warner of Troy, Pa., Mrs. Wilburn Porter of Fla., Mrs. Robert Wesneski of Canton R.D. 3; sons, Glen Bailey Jr. of Canton, 44 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren. He was a retired housepainter.

HAROLD S. BAILEY, 78 of Canton died Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport.  He was born Dec. 20, 1908 at Granville Township, a son of Robert A. and Clara Rockwell Bailey.  Mr. Bailey retired Jan. 1, 1985, from the Swayze Folding Box Company in Canton where he had been employed as a supervisor of the folding department for over 55 years.  He was a member and honorary elder of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ); an army veteran of World War II; a member of the Canton VFW Post #714; a member of the Canton F&AM Lodge #415; the Ancient Accepted Scottish rite Boddies Valley of Towanda; and the Scottish Rite Boddies Valley of Williamsport Consistory and the Beech Flats Grange.  He is survived by his wife, the former Beatrice McCracken, with whom he celebrated his 39th wedding anniversary on March 28, 1986; two daughters Mrs. LaRue (Betty) Fitzwater of Canton, Mrs. John (Brenda) Mott of Canton RD 2; one son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Cindy Bailey of Canton; one sister, Mrs. Walter (Geraldine) Spencer of Canton; five grandchildren plus several sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a son Robert Harold Bailey on Oct. 17, 1966.  Funeral services were held Sunday from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. David B. Morris his pastor, officiating.  Military honors were accorded by the Canton VFW Post #714. Interment was in the Grover Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton War Memorial Swimming Pool or the Canton Ambulance Association in Mr. Bailey’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

BAILEY, HAROLD S.,   Harold S. Bailey, 78, of Canton, died February 12, 1987 at Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. He was born December 20, 1908 in Granville Township, a son of Robert A. and Clara Rockwell Bailey.  Mr. Bailey retired from the Swayze Folding Box Company in Canton where he was a supervisor in 1985.  He was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) and an army veteran of World War II.  He is survived by his wife, the former Bertrice McCracken; daughters, Mrs. LaRue (Betty) Fitzwater of Canton and Mrs. John (Brenda) Mott of Canton RD2; son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Cindy Bailey of Canton; sister, Mrs. Walter (Geraldine) Spencer of Canton; five grandchildren; several sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a son, Robert Harold Bailey, in 1966.  Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on February 15 with Rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to be in Grover Cemetery.  Military honors were accorded by the Canton VFW Post #714.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton War Memorial swimming pool or the Canton Ambulance Association in Mr. Bailey’s memory.  (TGR Feb. 19, 1987)

JOYCE BAILEY, On January 16, 2004, Canton resident Joyce Bailey, 73, died quietly at Robert Packer Hospital.  Born in Elmira, NY, on April 2, 1930, she was the daughter of Glen and Leah (Sherman) Bailey.  As a young woman she was a well-known, will-liked figure in Canton.  Outgoing and friendly, she was always among the first to lend a helping hand wherever needed.  She worked as a housekeeper to the elderly and as a child-care worker.  Throughout her life she fought a debilitating illness and when she reached the point where she could no longer keep up with her strenuous tasks, she retired to McCallum Manor.  She was a woman of great faith and had been a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grover.  As her health problems ensued she began to keep more to herself enjoying the peace and solitude of her home, “Joyce’s castle” as she called it.  But despite her physical limitations she always had time for family visits, especially with the younger members of her family, whose various achievements gave her a great sense of pride.  Surviving are her brother Glen (and Mary) Bailey, Troy; sisters Virginia June, Canton; Lorraine Warner, troy; Nancy Passeri, Canton; Jacqueline Wesneski, Canton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Leah Bailey; sisters, Joanne Bailey, Kathleen Terry, Norma June Porter, Frieda Bailey; a brother, Mark Bailey.  In accordance with her wishes there were no calling hours; a private service for family only was held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  Interment was held in Grover Cemetery.  The family suggests that memorial contributions in Joyce’s name be directed to Western Alliance Emergency Services, Troy, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

BAILEY - KATHLEEN B. TERRY
 Kathleen B. Terry, 77, of Canton, PA died March 11, 1990 at the Williamsport Hospital. She was born December 11, 1912 in Elmira, the daughter of Glenn and Leah Sherman Bailey.  Mrs. Terry was a homemaker and a member of the Canton Wesleyan Church. She is survived by daughters, Dolores Emerick of Williamsport, Patricia Terry of Canton, Linda Sulliivan of Gillett, Barbara Tuffner of Canton, Cathy Eckman of Cortland, NY; sons, Eugene Terry Jr. of Bismark, ND, John Terry of Plattsmouth, NB, James Terry of Grover; sisters, Jackie Wesneski, Joyce Bailey, Virginia June, Nancy Passeri and Norma Porter, all of Canton, Freda Bailey of Troy and Lorraine Warner of East Troy; brother, Glenn Bailey Jr. of Canton; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Eugene William Terry Sr. in 1966; daughter Madelyn Eckman in 1978; granddaughter Nicole Marie Bozich on Jan 29, 1990; a brother Richard and a sister, Anna Miller. Funeral services were held March 14 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Harry Barrigar officiating and interment to be in the Grover Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, March 22, 1990)

HARRY F. BAKER, 78, formerly of Canton, died Jan. 9, 1988 in Bradford County Manor, West Burlington Township.  He was born Nov. 21, 1909 at Galeton, a son of Charles S. and Pearl Havens Baker.  Mr. Baker was a lumber inspector as the former McCallco Inc. floor company, Hughesville, RD 1.  He was a member of the Canton Wesleyan Church.  Surviving are his wife of 47 years, the former Eliza (Pat) Bassett; three sons, Frank Morse, Williamsport, Harry L. Baker, Burton, SC, and David R. Baker, stationed with the Marines at Laurel Bay, Beaufort, SC; half-sister, Mrs. Emily Botsford, Fish Eddy, NY; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  The funeral will be at the convenience of the family.  Burial will be in Grover Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Morse and Kleese funeral Home, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

BASSETT - Mrs. Clara Mae Bastion, age 42, of 1045 High St., Williamsport, Friday, May 1, 1964. She was a member of the Ralston Methodist Church. Survived by husband, Arthur; sons Richard L., Daniel P., Sheldon  B., Robert E., all at home., Arthur L. of Philadelphia; daughters Mrs. James Castle of Canton RD., Mrs. Warren Strout of Williamsport; mother, Mrs. Katie Bassett of Williamsport; sister, Mrs. Harry Baker of Ralston; five grandchildren. Body at the Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Calling hours; today and Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Reynold Jones. Grover Cemetery.

BASSETT - HARRIET DENKENBERGER
 Harriet Denkenberger, 80, of Alba, died in the Troy Community Hospital December 9, 1992. Mrs. Denkenberger was born June 2, 1912 at Grover, Bradford County, PA, a daughter of Jay and Georgianna Carl Bassett. During the 1950s she was employed as a machine operator at the former Wheldon Shirt Factory in Canton. She was a member of the Alba First Christian Church. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Richard Denkenberger; son, Charles R. Bassett of Raleigh, NC; granddaughter, Mrs. Regina Troublefield of Apex, NC; sister, Mabel Marbaker of Canton; nieces, nephews and cousins. Private funeral services were held December 12 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in Grover Cemetery, Canton Township. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, the Canton Ambulance Nursing Service or the Troy Community Hospital building fund in Mrs. Denkenberger's memory. (TGR, Thursday, December 17, 1992)

BASSETT
Bassett, Martin K. age 87 of RD 1, Canton, Pa. Sunday August 5, 1973. Calling hours will be Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home 12 E. Main St., Canton. Funeral and committal services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Officiating will be Rev. Thomas Logston. Burial in Grover Cemetery. Survived by two daughters, Mrs. James Best and Mrs. Alice Storrs, both of Canton; two sons, Kenneth Bassett and Wendell Bassett, both of Canton; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

BASTION - ROARING BRANCH MAN KILLED WHEN CAR STRIKES BANK
Arthur L. Bastion, 32, of Roaring Branch, was killed at 7:30 Monday morning when his car struck an embankment on Rt. 14 seven miles south of Roaring Branch. State police from Montoursville said Mr. Bastion apparently fell asleep at the wheel and his vehicle crossed the opposite side of the road and struck a stone embankment. After the car left the road, it traveled 126 feet on the berm before hitting the bank, police reported. Damage was set at $300. Dr. Earl R. Miller, Lycoming County coroner, said Bastion died of brain damage caused by a fractured skull.  He was on his way home from the Williamsport Dye and Machine Company where he worked as a foreman on the third shift. Mr.Bastion was born Feb. 19, 1940 in Williamsport the son of Arthur S. and the late Clara Bassett Bastion. He was a member of the Ralston United Methodist Church. He was an army veteran and had served in the infantry in Panama.  Surviving are his wife, the former M. Christine Cole; children Bonnie and Vicki at home; a son Billy at home; his father Arthur S. of Ralston; step-mother Margaret Vroman Bastion; two sisters Mrs. James (Millie) Castle, Jr. of Canton RD 1 and Mrs. Warren (Donna) Strout of Williamsport; brothers Richard L. of Canton, Daniel P. and Robert E. of Troy, Sheldon B. of Liberty, Dallas of Ralston; four step-sisters, Mrs. Gordon (Dawn) Root of Roaring Branch, Mrs. D. Eugene (Bonnie ) Kobbe of Burlington, Mrs. Robert (Jean) Bonnell of Ralston and Miss Starr Vroman of Ralston; four step-brothers, James Vroman and David Vroman of Ralston, Russell Vroman of Covington and Mark Vroman of Roaring Branch; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Cora Bastion of Montoursville RD 2; nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Thursday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dorland Campbell, pastor of the Conservative Baptist Church of East Canton, will officiate. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery.

BASTION –DAISY B. SPENCER, 82, of 456 Ridge Road, Horseheads, N.Y., died at the Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital, Elmira on Thursday morning, Sept. 30, 1982.  Mrs. Spencer has resided with a son, Norman E. Spencer for the past seven years and formerly was a resident of Grover, Pa. for many years.  She was born in Leolyn, Lycoming County, Pa. on March 23, 1900, a daughter of Guy and Mary E. Carey Bastion.  She was a member of the Grover Church of Christ and she was the widow of W. Myron Spencer, who died on July 6, 1973.  Other survivors in addition the her son, Norman, include sons, Leland B. Spencer of Florence, Mass., Donald D. Spencer of Grover and Seward G. Spencer of Beaver Dam, N.Y.; a daughter, Mrs. James (Dorothy) Pine of Wilmington, Delaware; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dean Bastion of Millport, N.Y.; four sisters, Mrs. Livina Benjamin of Elmira Heights, Mrs. Gladys Griffin of Canton RD 1, Mrs. Myrtle Smith of Roaring Branch RD 1 and Mrs. Chrissy Fisher of Milan.  She was predeceased by a son, Lloyd Spencer, in 1934.  She was also predeceased by two sisters, Mrs. Lilly Saunders and Mrs. Violet Smith.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.  Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Will Strunk.  Burial will be in the Grover Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Memorials in the name of Mrs. Spencer may be directed to the building fund of the Grover Church of Christ.  –Towanda Daily Review

BASTION - GRIFFIN, GLADYS E.,    Mrs. Gladys E. Griffin, 73, of Canton RD1, died July 31, 1987 at the Troy Community Hospital.  She was born January 21, 1914 at Parsons Hill, Lycoming County, a daughter of Guy and Elnora Carey Bastion.  She retired in 1976 after several years of employment with the former Eclipse Company in Elmira Heights.  She was an avid bowler and she bowled with the Canton Ladies Bowling League.  Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Hugh (Caroline) Tillitson of Canton, Mrs. Fred (Arlene) Tillotson of Troy, RD1, Mrs. Jean Tillotson of Okeechobee, FL, Mrs. Shirley Benjamin of Canton and Miss Elaine Griffin at home; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Charlene Griffin of Cayuta, NY, Robert and Linda Griffin of Canton; 25 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, LaVina Benjamin, Elmira Heights, NY, Mrs. David (Chrissie) Fisher of Starke, FL and Mrs.Myrtle Smith of Roaring Branch; brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Tressa Bastion of Odessa, NY; nieces, nephews and cousins.  Funeral services were held August 3 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home with Rev. Edward Graboski officiating and interment to be in the Grover Cemetery.  Those wishing may forward memorial donations to either the Canton Ambulance Association ot the American Cancer Society in her memory.  (TGR Aug. 6, 1987)

BASTION - On the evening of Sunday, April 13, 2008, Canton resident Richard L. Bastion died quietly at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He was 67 years of age. Born in Williamsport on Feb. 27, 1941, he was the son of Arthur Stanley and Clara Mae (Bassett) Bastion. Dick served our country during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army Armored Division. In Aug. of 1967, he married the former Margaret A. Cole, and together they raised two sons and a daughter. Dick worked for many years as an auto mechanic in the service department of McClure Motors in Troy until becoming disabled in 1990. Dick was the consummate outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, and was known as a proficient sharp shooter. He was also skilled at reloading his own cartridges. He was well loved in the Canton community. Although greatly devoted to his children and grandchildren, Dick's heart opened up to a much greater number of people. He was known as a father to many and a friend to all. He was among the first to respond wherever help was needed. He was blessed with a keen sense of humor, and enjoyed telling jokes and stories. He was also known for his very convincing practical jokes. But more importantly, Dick had a strong faith in the Lord, and enjoyed the Christian fellowship at Faith Baptist Church. It was this faith that sustained him through life's tribulations. Dick is survived by: his sons, Richard L (and Talena Chaffe) Bastion Jr., and James M. (and Alyse) Bastion, all of Canton; daughter, Patti Roegner of Lawton, Okla.; stepmother, Marge Bastion of Ralston; grandchildren, Christopher and Tim Brown and Tyler and Kohl "Bubba" Bastion; brothers, Sheldon (and Joy) Bastion of Roaring Branch, Dallas (and Brenda) Bastion of Ralson, Bob (and Bonnie) Bastion and Dan (and Sue) Bastion, all of Troy; sisters, Mildred (and James) Castle and Donna (and Warren) Strout, all of Canton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Arthur L. Bastion and former wife Margaret "Peg" Bastion. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, at Morse and Kleese Funeral, 40 N. Center Street, Canton. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18, at Faith Baptist Church, Route 414, just east of Canton Borough. Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Faith Baptist Church, c/o Sheldon Castle, RR 1 Box 5888, Canton, Pa. 17724, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central Pa. Chapter, 3607 Rosemont Ave. Suite 404, Camp Hill, Pa. 17011. - Towanda Daily Review, 15 April 2008

ROBERT BASTION, 83 - During the early morning hours of Friday, March 11, 2006, long-time Canton resident Robert Bastion died quietly at his residence on March 11, 2006.  Born in Johnstown, Pa. on Sept. 18, 1922, he was the son of Robert E. and Lula (Gerhard) Bastion.  In his youth, Bob was employed at various jobs, from coal mining to working on the rail road track gang.  Bob served with the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II and after the war was employed for 41 years as a core setter at the Ward Foundry in Blossburg.  On Nov. 16, 1948, he married his long-time sweetheart, Mildred Woodward.  Together, they raised five sons and shared almost 52 years until Mildred’s passing in October of 1998.  Bob was always happiest when tinkering with things.  A regular jack-of-all-trades, he had a talent for taking something perceived as being beyond repair and getting it to work again.  He also enjoyed being doing home improvements and refinishing furniture as well as doing crossword puzzles.  He had a good sense of humor and was known to have a witty saying for any occasion.  He was a former member of the Canton Moose Lodge 429 and a member of the Wheel Inn Club.  Bob was a man who truly knew his Lord and was an active member of the Ward United Methodist Church.  Most importantly, Bob was a devoted family man.  He instilled his strong work ethics into his sons and is remembered by them as being as much a friend as he was a parent.  When he left this live the family that loved and respected him so was by his side.  Bob is survived by his sons, Allen Lee Bastion of Canton RR 1, Stephen (and Carol) Bastion of Canton RR 2, Michael (and Nancy) Bastion of Troy RR 3, Kurt Bastion of Canton Borough, Lynn M. Bastion of West Palm Beach, Fla., nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Marvin (and Clara) Woodward of Alba, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred.  Calling hours will be Wednesday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton.  Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. with Rev. James House and Pastor Tom Blackall officiating.  Interment will follow in Grover Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be directed to Guthrie Hospice RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. or the Ward United Methodist Church RR 2, Canton, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

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