David W. Lysinger Sr., 82, Altoona, died Tuesday morning after an extended illness.
Mr. Lysinger was born in Altoona, son of the late Alfred and Hazel E. (Bennett) Lysinger. He married Mary M. (Magdalene) Smith on April 15, 1950, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Cumberland, Md.
He is survived by his wife; four children: Kay (husband, Denny) Anderson of Altoona, "Chip" (husband, Bob) Klisiewicz of Hollidaysburg, David W. Lysinger Jr. of Altoona and Beth A. Lysinger of New Castle, Pa.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four siblings: Amber Loucks, Eleanor Laughlin, Ronald Lysinger and Alfred Lysinger, all of Altoona.
He was preceded in death by five siblings: Lawrence Lysinger, Ethel McCaulley, Harold Lysinger, Shirley Brown and Ruth Grant.
He was a member of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, where he served as a commentator-lector.
Dave was a 1948 graduate of Altoona High School.
He retired in 1983 as a brakeman-conductor at Conrail, with 30 years of service. After retiring, he drove school bus for Lindsey Bus Lines for Hollidaysburg Area School District.
He was a member of Blair County War Veterans Council and past commander of James L. Noble VFW Post 3. He was one of the founders and served as past commander of the Blair County National Guard Veterans Association. He was a member of A & J Iaia Post American Legion.
Dave served as fire chief of Newburg Volunteer Fire Company for more than 20 years as well as president of the association and was a member of Logan Township Auxiliary Police.
He was a deputy commander of Civil Air Patrol Group 1500 and was past president of Cathedral Home School Association. He was honored by former state Sen. Robert Jubelirer for his dedicated service to family, religious, civic and community affairs.
He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in the Korean War. He graduated from Officers Candidate School, Fort Benning, Ga., and Officers Advanced Armor School at Fort Knox, Ky. Dave served as company commander of Troop C, 1st Battalion, 103rd Armored Cavalry, Pennsylvania National Guard from 1963-69, retiring from active duty in 1974. He retired as a captain from battalion staff in 1990.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be celebrated during the visitation. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Committal rites will be held at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1 Cathedral Square, Altoona, PA 16601; or Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, 2400 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.