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Marvin Haslerig 82 of Johnstown, died April 17, 2017 at LaurelWood Care Center. He was born May 10, 1934 son of Carlton Lee, Sr and Eleanor Lee (Richardson) Haselrig. Preceded in death by his parents, sisters Audrey Haselrig and Dorothy Thomas and brothers Carlton Lee, Jr., Curtis, Bernard and Fred. Survived by brothers Lanse (Pamela) Haselrig, Bruce (Ednita), and a host of nieces, nephews, great-neices, great-nephews, generations of cousins, and friends. After graduating from Johnstown High School Marvin entered the U.S. Army and returned to Johnstown where he continued his 20 year military career with the 876th Engineers Battalion Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He was employed in several positions at Bethlehem Steel where retired as a security officer. Marvin pursued many ventures, and entered the U.S. Army on his interest and skill in electric and electronics. While in the military, he developed a passion in photography which enabled him to record his travels in the military and it also provided him the experience which he later used in his employment with Bethlehem Steel in print and publications services. He was also a member of the Johnstown Camera Club. Marvin's love and devotion of his family prompted him to seek and develop ties with his extended family in Tennessee in the early 1960s. Meeting the extended family he learned the original spelling of his surname was changed in Johnstown, PA to fit its pronunciation as the family of the North entered school, so he legally changed his name to the original spelling Haslerig from Haselrig. He also developed and met the Suttle, Richardson, Wheeler, and Hemphill relatives and families of Georgia and Tennessee. His extensive knowledge of family landed him the position of Historian for the Haselrig-Richardson-Hemphill Family Reunion of Johnstown, PA. Marvin was a lifelong resident of Prospect and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he served as a devotions leader. He also served as a Boy Scout Leader for several years in Prospect, and a supporter of the Girl Scouts where his Sister, Dorothy, was troop leader. During retirement his interest and experience in gardening led him to become involved with the Penn State Extension of Cambria County where he became a Master Gardner and president. He later worked in gardening and farming at the Hostetler Farm. Family and friends will be received from 4 - 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 205 Peelor Street in Prospect. Viewing is from 10 A.M. until time of Homegoing service at 11 A.M. on Saturday. The family cortege will meet at 337 Ebensburg Road and proceed to service at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Rev. Clyde Williams, Jr., Pastor, Rev. Grant Howard, officiating, and Rev. Julius Porcher, Eulogist. Committal at Grandview cemetery. Conemaugh Valley Marine Corp. League Detactment 287 doing Ritual service. Floral arrangements are welcome or one may donate to the Eleanor and Carlton Haselrig Scholarship fund, C/O Community Foundation of the Alleghenies, 116 Market Street, Johnstown, PA 15901. Email condolences may be sent at www.moskal-reidfh.com
Published on  April 19, 2017
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