Harry M. Plows

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passed away March 12, 2019, at James Van Zandt Medical Center, Altoona. Born November 3, 1921, in South Fork the son of John C. and Goldie (Penrod) Plows. He is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife who he married on January 5, 1946, Martha (Vance) Plows; grandson, Joseph Lehman; 6 brothers: and 2 sisters. Devoted father of Mary Elizabeth, wife of Jerry W. Lehman, Windber; and son, David H., married to Nance (Solic), St. Mary's. The loving and proud grandfather of Kevin Lehman and wife Jackie, Windber; Katie Plows, West Chester, PA; and Nichole Fehrman and husband Eric, Farview Park, OH; great-grandson, McCoy Lehman; and sister, Nancy, wife of Richard Rodgers. Harry owned and operated Harry's barber Shop in Johnstown's West End for 35 years. Following the 1977 Flood, he was employed and retired from the US Postal service. Member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and a veteran of World War II having served with the 19th Combat Engineers for five years, three years being served in the European Theatre where he participated in the battles of Tunisia and Sicily. During that time he received the American Defense Service Medal, Eastern-African Middle Eastern Ribbon with five bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Harry was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Sergeant. Harry was a charter member of S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A, Johnstown Knights of Harmony and the Incline Aires Quartet. Member of the American Postal Workers Union; Windber American Legion; Slovak Band Hall; Harmony Singing Society; Polski Dom; Senior Citizens; Pleasant Valley Golf Club; and Giestown County Club. Harry was a life member of VFW Menoher Post 155 Ritual Team. He was also a life member of the D.A.V., Life Member and former Vice Commander of Catholic War Veterans Post 954. Member of the Knights of Columbus 467 and 4th Degree; member of the Conemaugh Valley Veteran's Day Parade Committee; the War Memorial Veteran's Committee; and a 2012 recipient of the Four Chaplains Award. Harry was a member of the former St. Stephen's Catholic Church where he was an usher, member of the Holy Name Society and formerly served in the Parish Council. Current member of Resurrection Parrish. He was dedicated to God, his family and his country. In 1997 due to his strong commitment to the memory of all veterans, he was honored to be chosen Permanent Honorary Grand Marshall of the Veteran's Day Parade. We was truly a member of the "Greatest Generation." Harry is at peace. We are blessed to have known him and his love. His children, grandchildren and great-grandson especially will miss his love and sense of humor. His wife, Martha, had the love, devotion and pride of having been married to a very special and gentle man. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home, Inc., 710 Broad Street where the Knights of Columbus will stand guard from 6-8 and vigil service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Resurrection Parish, Fr. George Gulash officiating. Committal at Grandview Mausoleum. The family is most appreciative of the kind and loving care that the staff of the James Van Zandt Medical Center, especially the 5th floor nursing staff, gave to Harry during his time there. In lieu of flowers donations can be directed to either the Conemaugh Valley Veterans Association or the Van Zandt Medical Center, Altoona, in memory of Harry.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fgozogfuneralhome.com
Published on March 14, 2019
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5 posts

jacky plows
Mar 15, 2019
than you for your service to this country and thank you for the hair cut.s when we came to visit when we were young thank you for being a loving brother to my father George Plows
Nancy Holtz
Mar 14, 2019
Dear Family and Friends of Harry Plows ~ Sending love and prayers to you all. Mr Plows always had a warm Smile and kind word for all at the VA. His love and light remains with you all. Thank you for your Service πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’“πŸŒŸπŸ’«
Ronald Pawuk, VFW VAVS Representative
Mar 14, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. Harry was a special man. He loved his Lord, his family and friends. I first met Harry when he came to the VAMC. When he was able, he loved to come out for the Wednesday evening Bingo Parties we, (VFW/VFW Aux), held. Harry didn't make it out to bingo for a couple of weeks and I would stop in and visit with him. I enjoyed sitting and talking to him. Harry was a real 'Hero'. Rest in Peace my friend, you will surely be missed.
Eternal Memory!
patty plows horst
Mar 14, 2019
love you as my uncle patty
Benny BRITT & Family Members/ with Deepest Sympathy!
Mar 14, 2019
Mr. Harry : Truly a one of a Kind~Man . He did my DADS Ritual in 79. I my self Seen him many of times Present the Deceased Families With a perfect/ Folded Flag.He & Mr. Labarko would blow Taps ! I know Our Father will WELCOME THOSE SOLDIERS IN WITH GRACE. My Father, ALSO DID THE C.C.Camp thing as Well. He was born in 1923. Those men born in that era were true Patriots & I didn’t know that Mr. Harry had (5) Bronze Stars. That shows us GOD HAD HIM IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND & protected him in War! So, to the Family. To GOD BE THE GLORY! Amen...,