Frank Huntington, 84, a Lewisburg resident since 1998 (formerly of
Danville/Riverside) passed from this life into eternal life with the
Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, September 19, 2008 at the home he
shared with his daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Larry Weidman of
222 Oak Lane, Lewisburg. He was born April 16, 1924 in Danville,
the son of the late Ralph and Helen Phillips Huntington.
married to the former Marian E. Seidel on September 7, 1946, whose
death separated 59 years of marriage in November of 2005.
was a graduate of the Danville High School Class of 1942. He
attended Williamsport Technical School, Drexel Institute in
Philadelphia and several fire training academies. He worked at
Westinghouse in Sunbury and operated a neighborhood grocery store at
the corner of Walnut and Railroad Streets in Danville prior to being
hired to the guard force at the new Merck Cherokee Plant in
Riverside in the early 50’s. He retired from Merck’s Plant
Protection Department after 30 years of service, having twice been
sent to Puerto Rico to train Merck Plant employees there in fire and
safety procedures. He served as Justice of the Peace and part time
police officer in the Riverside Borough for a time. In his
retirement, Frank was a substitute rural mail carrier in Danville,
assisted Funeral Director Gary Visneski and served as a much loved
school crossing guard at Avenue D and Sunbury Road in Riverside.
life-long, active member of First Baptist Church in Danville, Frank
served the Lord faithfully as a Sunday School teacher and
Superintendent, a member of the Board of Deacons and Trustees, Youth
Leader for many years and was General Chairman of the Building
Committee when the church relocated from Pine Street to its present
location in Valley Township. Mr. Huntington was also actively
involved as a board member of the Susquehanna Valley Youth for
Christ in the 60’s.
heart for community service was evidenced by his charter membership
and many hours of volunteer service in the Danville Fire Police and
the Danville Ambulance League. He was a member and active fire
fighter for many years with both the Goodwill and South Side Fire
Companies. Later in life he enjoyed volunteering in numerous
capacities at Geisinger Medical Center.
fun times with family and friends, his quick wit and winsome
personality were part of what made Frank so loved by so many.
Camping was one of his favorite past times and he enjoyed many years
of outings with his wife, daughter, grandchildren and friends. He
had a woodworking hobby making over a hundred smiling pig, oak
cutting boards as gifts which have provided a cheerful presence in
the kitchens of many newlyweds and friends. Spending time over the
past 2 years with his young Cockapoo friend, “Maggie,” gave Frank a
great deal of joy and companionship, helping him make many new
friends during her visits with him at Elmcroft, Lewisburg and Kramms,
Huntington will be sorely missed by his daughter and son-in-law,
Janet and Larry Weidman; three grandchildren, Krista and her husband
August Curcio of Alpharetta, GA; Shawn Weidman of Columbia, SC and
Rebecka Weidman of Philadelphia. Also surviving are four great
grandchildren, Kara, Katy, Gustin and Aiden Curcio of Georgia, two
brothers, Carl and Donald Huntington of Danville and many nieces and
nephews. Preceding him in death were one sister, Dorothy McCoy and
brothers Thomas and William Huntington, all of Danville.
Celebration of Frank’s Life will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2008
at the First Baptist Church, 20 Brookside Drive, Danville, PA. at
4:00 pm with Pastor Emeritus Calvin Beveridge and Pastor David Mouw
officiating. Friends and relatives will be received from 1:00 until
3:45 pm at the church. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows
Cemetery with Pastor Harry Wonderland officiating. As a symbolic
passing of the baton to the younger generation, memorial
contributions may be made to Central PA Youth Ministries (formerly
Youth for Christ), 117 W. 11th Avenue, Shamokin Dam, PA
Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W. Mahoning Street, Danville is
serving the family by directing the arrangements.