November 9, 2010
Carl E. Houseknecht
Carl E. "Buddy" Houseknecht, 83, of Laporte, Pa., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, at the Gatehouse after a brief illness.
Buddy was born in Muncy, on Aug. 3, 1927, a son of the late Emerson "Mickey" and Dotha Mahaffey Houseknecht. He entered the U. S. Navy right out of school and served in the Pacific on the USS Tarawa. He attended reunions with his shipmates about every ten years. Returning home, he married the former Tillie Koslosky of Exeter on Nov. 23, 1950, they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
They lived in Eagles Mere for six years and Buddy began working for PennDOT, and later moved their permanent home in Laporte. Buddy retired from Penn Dot in 1986 after 35 years of service. He also worked at the former Black General Store in Laporte, where he was a meat cutter. In early years, he coached Little League and was the first fire chief of the Laporte Fire Co. and also drove their ambulance. He was also the caretaker for many years for the Mt. Ash Cemetery.
Buddy was a member of the Laporte United Methodist Church and a member of AFSCME, NRA, Loyalsock Post No. 996 American Legion, Dushore, Pa., A. J. Bird Memorial Post No. 384, Eagles Mere Laporte Lions Club, Laporte Fire Co. and Ambulance Association and the Mt. Ash Cemetery Assoc. In retirement, he and Tillie traveled and were on many cruises. He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed the outdoors and was a loyal regular at Blasi's Cafe.
Surviving are his wife, Matilda T. Houseknecht; daughter, Sethany (Richard) Van Lehn of Urbana, Md.; brother-in-law, William (Dorothy) Koslosky of Toms River, N. J.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mrs. Helen Shultz and Mrs. Anita Moyer, both of Laporte.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Laporte United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Robert W. Brown, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laporte, Pa.
Friends may call on Saturday morning from 10 until the time of the service.
Graveside military services will be accorded by members of Loyalsock Post #996 American Legion, Dushore, Pa., at 12:00 noon at the Cemetery.
The family will provide the flowers and request that memorial contributions be sent to the Laporte Fire and Ambulance, P. O. Box 31, Laporte, PA 18626 or the Gatehouse, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701