John E. Housler, Sr., 84, of 151 E. Sixth St., Ext., Emporium, PA died peacefully at his residence surrounded by his loving family, Emporium, PA on Friday morning (February 15, 2019) He was born June 10, 1934 in Emporium, PA a son of the late Kenneth and Delilah Smith Housler. On October 8, 1955 in First United Methodist Church he married Joan Ritchey, who survives John served with the US Army during the Korean War. He was a member and twice the Past Commander of the VFW Post 6221, Emporium serving from 1960-61 and again from 1985-88. He was a member of the American Legion Post 194 and currently served as the Chaplain of both the American Legion and the VFW Clubs. He had been a Past President of the Cameron County Veterans Club. He was an active member of the Cameron County Memorial Detail and was a founding member and Chairman of Big Flag Committee. John enjoyed the outdoors, gathering firewood, hunting and enjoyed his Sunday night “tea time” at the VFW club with his friends. He was one of the founding members of the May Hollow Sportsman Club, in 1989, and served as Treasurer for many years along with doing a lot of the maintenance and upkeep of the facility. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. John, more commonly referred to by his grandchildren as "Poppy" enjoyed spending quality time with his grandkids and great grandkids. He is survived by his loving wife Joan Housler and three daughters, Cindy (Robert) Saline, Emporium; Debra (Walter) Gribble, Jr., Emporium; Diane (Terry) Perkins, Coudersport and one son, John (Kathy) Housler, Jr., Emporium; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren, one great great grandson and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Terry Perkins, two sisters, Audrey Bailey and Jennie Connelly. Visitation will be at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Tuesday from 2-5 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday (February 20, 2019) at 11:00 AM with Rev. Joseph Short, Pastor, officiating followed by a Military Service accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail. Burial will be in the Rich Valley Cemetery, Emporium, PA Memorial Contributions may be made to the May Hollow Sportsman Club, 189 May Hollow Road, Driftwood, PA 15832 or to the VFW Post 6221 or to the Cameron County Memorial Detail, c/o VFW, 427 E. 3rd St., Emporium, PA 15834
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