ALLISON, HARRY FRANKLIN, 88 OF BLAIRSVILLE, PA
passed away peacefully at The Gardens in Indiana, PA on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Harry was born March 6, 1933 at home in Williamsburg, PA to the late Thomas Allison and Nancy Sollenberger Allison. Harry graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1951. In 1958, Harry married Helen Diehl in Altoona, PA; they recently celebrated 63 years of marriage. Prior to retiring from the Homer City Penelec Station in 1992, Harry also worked for the Williamsburg Penelec Station, the US Envelope Company, and WVA Pulp & Paper Company in both Williamsburg, PA and Covington, VA. Harry was a longtime member of Hopewell United Methodist Church in Blairsville, PA where he served as a trustee and sang in the choir. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was often described as a “jack of all trades” as he was a skilled carpenter who enjoyed making furniture for his family; took care of two orchards of peach and apple trees; tended to a large garden each year with his John Deere tractors; and could fix or build just about anything. Harry was well known for his delicious apple butter which he made from his family’s recipe. He shared his talents with others by offering a helping hand, sound advice, and passing endless amounts of knowledge on to those interested in learning. Harry is survived by his loving wife, Helen; son, Jim (Cindy) Allison of Indiana, PA; daughter, Joyce Butler of Gainesville, FL; daughter, Linda (Jerry) Harbison of Allentown, PA; grandchildren: Heidi (Trevor) Davies of Annville, PA, Emily (Justin) Houseknecht of Hollidaysburg, PA, Kristin (TJ) Smiley of Templeton, PA, Megan (David) Escobar-Martin of Bethel Park, PA and Ryan Harbison of Lynchburg, VA and one great granddaughter, Madelyn Houseknecht. He is also survived by his brother, Richard (Marlene) Allison of Martinsburg, PA and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Harry is preceded in death by his sisters, Josephine Allison and Milda Allison; brothers; Vernon (Sarah) Allison, Elroy (Joan) Allison, and Benjamin Allison and son-in-law, Roger Butler. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc. of Blairsville. There will be a private service for immediate family, with Pastor Dan Cunkleman officiating. A graveside service will be held Friday, August 20, 2021 at 11:30 AM at the Presbyterian Cemetery, Williamsburg, PA. Family and friends are welcome to attend the graveside service. At the family's request, masks will be required. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harry’s name to Hopewell United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 435, Black Lick, PA 15716.
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