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Thomas M. Grumley Sr., 91, of 204 Jefferson Ave., Ridgway, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 12 noon at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born Aug. 10, 1920, in Johnsonburg, the son of John and Elizabeth Miller Grumley. On July 26, 1947, he married Geraldine â€śJerryâ€ť M. Nelson, she survives. Mr. Grumley had been a Ridgway resident since 1957. He was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church, the American Legion, a longtime member of the Johnsonburg Sportsmenâ€™s Club and a life member of the Johnsonburg V.F.W. Grumley-Tucci-Pavlina Post 6301.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of WWII. He served in the Pacific, earning the rank of Corporal, and received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, four overseas service bars and Good Conduct Medal.
He retired from PennTech papers in 1983 with over 42 years of service. He coached Little League Baseball, Minor and Major League and Babe Ruth Baseball. He also helped out with the Boy Scouts of America. An avid gardener known for his tomatoes. He enjoyed fishing, hunting ,talking with people and leave them laughing.
In addition to his wife of 64 years, nine months, he is survived by three children, Thomas M. Grumley, Jr. of Ventnor, N.J., Marsha Luchs of Ridgway, Susan Grumley of Ridgway; four grandchildren, Avril Rae Malott of Klamouth Falls, Ore., Sean, Amber and Thomas Luchs, all of Ridgway; and by a sister, Ruth Grumley of Johnsonburg.
He was predeceased by his parents and four brothers, John and Robert, in WWII, William and James.
A Memorial Service for Thomas Grumley will be held in the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Brian Vossler, pastor of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. Military Honors will be accorded by the Ridgway Military Honor Detail.