Harry Clarence Launer, 83, of Jackson Run Road, and formerly of Johnsonburg, passed on Saturday evening, July 16, 2011, at the Warren Manor.
Harry was born June 18, 1928, in Johnsonburg, the son of the late Harry H. and Gladys Wensel Launer. Harry enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1945 and went to basic training at the Sampson Naval Base in New York. He then went directly to serve on the USS Destroyer Walke DD 723 in the South Pacific during World War II. Harry was also a founding member of the Sampson Salts Naval Base Museum and reunion. He was employed in Union Construction for many years, from which he retired. He helped construct the Kinzua Dam and many other local projects. He was a member of the James W. Brown Masonic Lodge # 0675, a longtime member of the AMVETS, and a former member of the Sugar Grove Rod and Gun Club, the American Legion Post #135, and the Moose Lodge #109. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, his many friends, and especially his family.
He is survived by two daughters, Sandy L. Zimmerman and her husband Tony, Warren, and Mary M. Nodzak and her husband Greg Leach, Altoona; two sons, Harry B. Launer and his wife Kay, and John P. Launer and his wife Lisa, both also of Warren; two brothers, Kenneth Launer and his wife Rose, Johnsonburg, and Ron Launer and his wife Ruth, Roseburg, Oregon; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to recognize the special relationship with Candy O’Dell and her husband Michael and family.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Verna Hayduk Launer, and by his second wife Sue A. Johnson Launer, whom he married Dec. 1, 1962 in Frewsburg, N.Y.; a brother, Claude Launer, and three brothers in infancy.
Friends will be received at the Peterson - Blick Funeral Home, Inc., 1003 Penn Ave., E., Warren, on Tuesday, July 19, from, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held there on Wednesday, July 20 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain Rouse Warren County Home and the Warren General Hospital, officiating. Members of the Joseph Warren Lodge # 726, Free and Accepted Masons will hold a memorial service at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be in the Jackson Run Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 1645 W. 8th Street, Erie, Pa. 16505