Harold A. "Rudy" Simbeck, 80, of 177 Wehler Rd., St. Marys, died on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 following a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 15, 1931 in St. Marys, a son of the late Charles and Estella Galmish Goodrow Simbeck. On July 24, 1954 in St. Mary's Church, he married the late Rita Mae Wendel, who preceded him in death on June 15, 2004.
Mr. Simbeck was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of Queen of the World Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1952-1954. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He retired from Carbon City after many years of service. He was active and enjoyed participating with the Crystal Fire Department and the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail, where he served for more than 43 years.
He was instrumental in the founding of Rides4Vets and dedicated a lot of time to the organization. He served for many years on the board of directors for Elk County Children and Youth. Together with his brother, they founded the Allegheny Mountain Battle of the Barrel. He enjoyed attending local sporting events and could be found supporting our youth at area baseball and softball games. He also enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping. He also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family.
He is survived by two sons, Randy Simbeck and his wife Brandy Jo of St. Marys, and Ronald Simbeck and his wife Denise of St. Marys; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Melna Simbeck of St. Marys; a sister-in-law, Margaret Simbeck of St. Marys; numerous nieces and nephews; and his extended family in Guatemala, whom he had grown very close to over the years.
In addition to his parents and his wife of 50 years, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Scott Simbeck; one brother, Charles "Bud" Simbeck; and two sisters, Nadine Schreiber and Doris Sherry.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Harold A. "Rudy" Simbeck will be celebrated at the Queen Of The World Church, 134 Queens Rd., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at noon, with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, pastor, as celebrant.
Military honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
In lieu of ﬂowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crystal Fire Department, Erie Avenue, St. Marys, PA 15857; or to the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail, c/o the American Legion, Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be placed at www.LynchGreen.com .