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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Henry P. "Hank" Pruch, 88, of Chapel Ridge, formerly of 118 Williams Street

Henry P. "Hank" Pruch, 88, of Chapel Ridge, formerly of 118 Williams Street, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012, at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born January 26, 1924, in Bradford he was a son of the late Steve and Pauline Pearl (Tokarcik) Pruch.

On February 15, 1947 in Bradford, by Msgr. Wiersbinski he married Cecelia J. (Finlan) Pruch, who died on January 26, 2001.

Mr. Pruch was a 1941 graduate of St. Bernard High School. He had worked as a meat cutter at Loblaws grocery store before entering the service. On March 15, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army, served during WW II, and was honorably discharged in, 1945.

He began a long career with Kendall Oil Company on April 15, 1946. His previous experience surveying abandoned oil leases for John DePetrio in the Bolivar area helped him get his first job on the Kendall Pipeline Unit. In August of that year he moved into the Control Lab as a trainee. Running the various control test gave him a through understanding of the properties of crude oil and the array of company products. In 1947 Henry moved into the Sales Department where he ran tests on returned product sand conducted refinery tours. In 1950 he took an outside sales position traveling mostly by train to cover the upper mid-west region. In 1953 Henry was offered the position of Regional Sales Manager for the New England states and he moved away from Bradford for the first and only, time in his life. When he was asked to become Advertising Manager in 1958 he happily moved his family back to Bradford. He became Vice President of Kendall Oil and held that position when Witco Chemical purchased the refinery. He was promoted to General Manager of the Kendall Division of Witco Chemical and helt that position until he retired in 1989.

He served on the Board of Directors at Northwest Savings Bank, Beacon Light, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and Penn Brad Oil Museum. He was a member and past president of the United Way, Bradford Township Lions Club, The Pennhills Club and the Bradford Club. He along with Stan Gleason co-charied for the fund drive at Bradford Central Christian High School.

Surviving are two daughters, Dr. Janice Pruch, of New Hope, and Marta (Jim) McHale, of Bradford, two sons Stephen Pruch, his wife Brooke Belcher, of Eugene, OR, and David (Robin) Pruch, of Bolivar, NY, 9 grandchildren, Kira Justice, Jared Pruch, Nathan McHale, Noah McHale, Amanda McHale, Caleb Pruch, Lucas Pruch, Hannah Pruch and Isaac Pruch, one great grandson Colby Justice. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother William Pruch and four sisters, Helen Ogurchak, Mary Ernest, Louise Roche and Josephine Young.

At the family's request there will be no public visitation. Private services will be held at the conveience of the family. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to University of Pittsburgh @ Bradford or charity of the donor's choice .

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