W. JOSEPH ‘JOE’ SCHETTLER, 64, a life-long resident of
Shippenville, Pennsylvania, died of natural causes May 10, 1999, in
his home. He was born and raised on the family farm. He was
employed as a truck driver for Siegel Coal Company and A. P. Weaver
Coal Company. He then worked for Pennwood Trailer Sales. At the
time of his death he owned and operated his own business known as
Joe’s Trailer Hitches.
Joe was a very friendly and outgoing guy who liked people, and
people enjoyed him. He enjoyed doing for others. The biggest thrill
for Joe was his nine grandchildren, and having lunch with his aged
mother every day. He enjoyed antique engines, the gas engine shows,
hunting, farming and his motorcycle. He was a member of the
Coolspring Hit and Miss Engine Society.
Joe will be sadly missed by his mother, wife Barb, his four
children and their spouses, and his grandchildren and family. He
will also be missed greatly by his engine buddies Jerry Schmader,
Jerry Esplen, Mary Lou and Steve Neiderriter, Mike Vanish and Dick
Submitted by his engine pal, Jerry E. Schmader, Lucinda,
BERNARD M. ‘BARNEY’ GORZNY, 86, of 513 Oakland Avenue,
Morrison, died Thursday, April 29, 1999, at his home.
Gorzny was born June 2, 1912, in rural Morrison, the son of
Joseph F. and Rozena B. (Rick) Gorzny. He was educated in rural
Morrison. He married Darlene Hoover, April 1,1944, in Morrison. She
died August 10, 1992. He operated Gorzny Garage as a mechanic for
more than 50 years. He also drove a bus for R. C. Smith and Iowa
Coach for many years. He was a member of Sterling Moose Lodge and
was a lifetime member of the Antique Engine and Tractor Association
Inc. of Atkinson. He was an avid deer hunter and collected John
Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl (Rick) Stallings of Lyndon;
a son, Bernard L. Gorzny of Indianapolis; a sister, Pauline Meakins
of Morrison; a brother, Francis T. Gorzny of Idyllwild, California;
a granddaughter, two great-granddaughters; two step-granddaughters;
and five step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Eugene G. Gorzny,
Joseph L. Gorzny and Vernon E. Gorzny.
The club will miss ‘Burnnie’ and his display of
Submitted by club historian John W. Boyens, Bettendorf,
WALTER B. PITCHARD, 72, of Luray, Virginia, died on May 18, 1999
He was born on June 2, 1926 in Denver, Colorado, and was a son
of Althea Hahn Pitchard of New Milford, Connecticut, and the late
Walter Burr Pitchard.
Pitchard was a Navy veteran of World War II, and an automotive
mechanic. He was a member of the American Legion, Ruritans, the
Page County Heritage Association, the Somerset Steam and Gas
Association, and the National Rifle Association. He was a charter
member of the Northville Volunteer Fire Department in Connecticut,
and a founding member of the Connecticut Antique Machinery
Association in Kent, Connecticut, and the Connecticut Yankee Steam
and Gas Association.
On December 21, 1946, he married the former Gladys Charlotte
Tiemann, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his mother and wife are two sons,
Charles E. Pitchard of Luray, and Daniel M. Pitchard of New
Milford, Connecticut; three brothers, Cleon E. Pitchard of Las
Vegas, Nevada, Howard A. Pitchard of Luray, and John E. Pitchard of
Fullerton, California; two grandchildren; and three
Submitted by Mark S. Bauserman, 791 Rumley Road, Luray, Virginia