Frederick S. “Fred” Colyer, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Saturday morning, April 23, 2022.
Born on December 6, 1941, he was a son of the late Homer C. and Annabelle (Hartsock) Colyer.
He is survived by his wife Marcella Kareen (Harshbarger) Colyer, two sons, Frederick S. Colyer Jr. and Timothy E. Colyer and wife, Emily, three grandchildren, and one sister, Raeanna Beers.
Marcella and Fred were married on June 5, 1965 and had many good years of hard work and family life. They were soul mates blessed with almost 57 years of marriage.
He was preceded in death by daughter Marcella C. “Marcy” Pannebaker, son-in-law Mark Pannebaker, granddaughters Elena Kareen Pannebaker and Amanda Christine Pannebaker and brothers and sisters Dorothy Billett, Blanch Helen Himes, Kathryn Rupert, Deborah Louder, James Colyer Sr., Robert Colyer Sr., and four infant siblings.
Fred graduated from Messiah College with a BA in Comprehensive Social Studies, from Bloomsburg University with a MS in Political Science and did doctoral studies (ABD) at Pennsylvania State University.
He retired from the Midd-West School District with 35 years of teaching, He was also a casual long haul driver on weekends and summers for Roadway, Yellow Freight, Motor Freight, and other companies with 40 years of service.
After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their 5th wheel RV, going to the Upper UP in MI, traveling through Canada into NY, trips to Branson, MO, and they especially enjoyed taking the family on a Disney cruise.
Fred was one who never liked to sit still too long. He was always used to being busy. In middle and high school, he had one of the largest Sentinel routes in Lewistown, covering the western and south ends of town.
He was also a member of Boy Scout Troop 9 and earned his God and Country and Eagle Scout Awards and was an Explorer Scout. During summer months he worked at Kish Park, dug gardens, mowed grass or helped with anything the neighbors needed done. Fred was friendly and outgoing and liked to leave everyone with a smile.
He was a man of faith and his favorite scripture was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Graveside services will be held at the discretion of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wings of Kindness Foundation, PO Box 225, Thompsontown, PA 17094. This Foundation was set up in honor of his daughter and family, Marcy and Mark Pannebaker, Elena, and Amanda, to help local needy children.
Arrangements are in the care of Guss Funeral Home, Mifflintown. Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.
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