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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Heath L. “Hefty” Ferrie, 96, of Russell, PA

Heath L. Ferrie

Heath L. “Hefty” Ferrie, 96, of Russell, PA, and a resident of the Rouse Warren County Home, Youngsville, PA, died there peacefully, Wednesday, November 16, 2016. 

 He was born October 3, 1920 in Warren, PA. Hefty was the last of 7 children, of John William Heath and Anna Louise Fladry Ferrie.
WWII Veteran

Hefty attended Hatch Run Road School and graduated from Warren High School Class of 1939. He entered the Army Air Corps in August 29, 1942, stationed in Ft. Worth, TX, where he was an airplane electrical mechanic for the B-24 Liberator. 

Following military service he worked for several years on different construction projects throughout the area, including the construction of Eisenhower High School. He then accepted a position as electrician at G.T.E. Sylvania, where he worked for 27 years. While there he earned the nick name “Ace” due to his ability to be able to repair anything. In 1981, Sylvania awarded to him the Morris Felton Lacroix Certificate for Meritorious Service.

He was a member of the Russell United Methodist Church for over 60 years. He was a faithful member, who served as a trustee for many years. He was proud when asked to chair two remodeling projects, and building a new Sunday School building, Wesley Hall, which today also serves as a daycare for the area children and a meeting place for many groups. 

He currently belongs to the Samuel Derby American Legion Post 556 in Frewsburg, N.Y. He was a trustee of the Pine Grove Cemetery Association for many years. He enjoyed being a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, Pine Grove Lions Club, Retired G.T.E. Sylvania Tuesday morning Peppermill Breakfast Group, and meeting cousins & nephews Wednesday’s for lunch at Burger King, while health permitted active participation.

Heath enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening. The peak year, he had a large vegetable garden, and 1700 mum plants, which he sold at the Warren Farmers Market. As years passed, the gardens were smaller but continued until he was 93 with a raised bed in the back yard. 

While working on his family farm, they had a 1923 Fordson Tractor. He always longed to have one of his own in later years. He and his son found one which they enjoyed pulling at tractor pulls. It was recently fully restored to its original condition by his son, Dean. Hefty saw it running in full operation, on October 24, 2016.

He instilled in his children a love of God, family, Country and nature. He went with his family to church each Sunday. 

The last two weeks each July, Hefty and Myrt loaded their three kids in the station wagon, packed the camper and set out to explore America. Some of the highlights were St. Louis Arch, Mt. Rushmore, Kennedy Space Center, Grand Canyon and hand catching catfish with his army buddy in Texas. Always making sure the family stopped for a church service on Sundays. He continued to enjoy rides with his children, when he was no longer able to drive, and he was always the first to spot a deer.

He built his family’s home in Russell, PA., and enjoyed woodworking in his shop. There he made toys & puzzles for his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Myrtle Anderson Ferrie whom he married at First Lutheran Church, Warren, PA., on November 12, 1949, 3 children – Kathleen Fithian and husband, Brad of Russell, PA., Dean Ferrie of Boynton Beach, FL., Lynn Ferrie of Orange Beach, AL., 3 Grandchildren – James Fithian and wife, Amanda of Akeley, PA., Kristina Fithian of Boynton Beach, FL., Thomas Ferrie of Orange Beach, AL., 1 Great Granddaughter – Andrea Kathleen Fithian of Akeley, PA., several nieces and nephews also survive. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 Brothers – Stuart, Pat and Dennis Ferrie, 3 Sisters – Anna Mae Rowley, Rachel Fox, Mary Lou Roberts.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. A funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at Russell United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerome Kennedy, Pastor, officiating. 

 Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by members of the U.S. Army Funeral Detail and the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Funeral Honor Guard. 

Memorials may be sent to Russell United Methodist Church, earmarked for Find Us Faithful, P.O. Box 28, Russell, PA. 16345 or Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Street, Warren, PA. 16365. 

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