Emory E. Gargon Jr., 85, Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, passed away Monday at Altoona Regional.
He was born in Gallitzin, son of the late Emory E. Sr. and Helen (Hooder) Gargon. He married his loving wife of 60 years, Tessie J. Nigro, in 1952, and she passed away on July 9, 2012.
Surviving are a daughter, Joan Simpson and husband, Douglas, of Bedford; a son, Emory E. III and wife, Tracy, of Columbia, Md.; three grandchildren: Ali and Tori Gargon and Devin J. Simpson and wife, Fallon; a sister, Helen Beck, and a brother, Eugene, both of Johnstown.
He was preceded in death by an infant son in 1953 and two sisters: Irene Gurchick and Genevieve Gonda.
Emory was a graduate of Cresson High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a corporal during WWII. He was a teletype mechanic while serving with the 775th AAF Base Unit on Johnson Island and served six months in the Pacific Theater. He retired from Altoona Area School District's Maintenance Department with 35 years of service.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and also belonged to the VFW and American Legion Post 945 with many years of service. He was a member of the Lakemont Lions Club, where he received the Lion of the Year Award in 1998, and he was a scoutmaster of Troop 117 at St. Mark's Catholic Church.
Emory was a master craftsman who had the talent to fix almost anything. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, the beach and spending time with his family, especially his deeply-loved grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held and a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. by the Lions Club. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors.
In memory of Emory, contributions may be given to Sacred Heart Church, 511 20th St., Altoona, PA 16602; Lakemont Lions Club in care of Charles Harter, 2409 W. Chestnut Ave., Altoona, PA 16601; or Troop 117 in care of St. Mark's Catholic Church, 416 Sixth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602.