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C. Frank Huntington, 84


September 20, 2008


Lewisburg, PA   C. 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.

   He was married to the former Marian E. Seidel on September 7, 1946, whose death separated 59 years of marriage in November of 2005.

    Frank 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.

    A 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.

    Frank’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.

    Creating 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, Watsontown.

    Mr. 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.

    A 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 17876.

    The Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W. Mahoning Street, Danville is serving the family by directing the arrangements. www.visneski.com


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