Dale Vernon Hebenthal, 83, of Blairsville, passed away Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at Country Living Personal Care Home, Blairsville. A son of Harry and Luella (Dillinger) Hebenthal, he was born April 15, 1927 in Mt. Pleasant.
Mr. Hebenthal was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Blairsville.
He served for many years and was past president of the Blairsville School board.
He graduated from Blairsville High School in 1945 and from Vale Tech, Blairsville.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.
Prior to his retirement in 1982, he was employed by Standard Steel, Latrobe, for 38 years.
He enjoyed music and lived an active life farming and gardening. His woodshop was his pride and joy and spent many years making woodcrafts for family and friends.
Surviving are eight sons, James R. Hebenthal, Blairsville, Donald D. Hebenthal and wife Donna, Homer City, Larry A. Hebenthal, Johnstown, William L. Hebenthal and wife Lori, Blairsville, David L. Hebenthal and wife Karen, Brush Valley, John W. Hebenthal and wife Kathi, Derry, Kirk V. Hebenthal, Jeannette, and Dennis E. Hebenthal and wife Michelle, Blairsville; six daughters, Bonnie L. Confer and husband Nelson, Connellsville, Diane M. Shirley and husband Bruce, Youngstown, Brenda M. Fairchild and husband Reuben, Accident, Md., Marlene J. Kerley and friend Ray Highberger, Blairsville, Darlene J. Cowan and husband Timothy, Blairsville, and Rebecca J. Snyder and husband Robert, Penn Run. He was also blessed with 37 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sara Marie (Griffith) Hebenthal on Oct. 24, 1982; two sons, Ronald D. on Dec. 16, 1980, and infant son, Daniel E.; a brother, Harry; and three sisters, Margaret Tomer, Dorothea Youngman and Judy Larezzo.
Friends were received at the Shoemaker Funeral Home, Blairsville. A funeral service was held at Sunday at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Blairsville, with Rev. John McMannus officiating.
Interment was in the Blairsville Cemetery, Blairsville.
(Obituary from The Blairsville Dispatch, Blairsville, Pa. 10-22-2010)