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Friday, June 20, 2008

Michael R. Hemphill, 49, Roulette, PA

Michael R. Hemphill, 49, of Roulette, formerly of Coudersport, PA, died Friday, June 13, 2008 in the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY.

Born August 17, 1958, in Coudersport, he was the son of William “Bob” and Wanda Matzinger Hemphill. On May 23, 2008, in Coudersport, he married his longtime friend and companion, the former Linda Kelsey Burdick, who survives.

A 1976 graduate of Coudersport High School, he was a member of the football and basketball teams. Active in Coudersport youth baseball, he was a member of several all-star teams. In 1971, he was named outstanding little leaguer of the year, playing pitcher, catcher, and outfielder.

During high school, he began employment in the meat department at Market Basket in Coudersport, and then was employed by Morgan AM&T, Pure Carbon Division in Coudersport for 30 years.

Mike was a member of the Friendly Inn Dart Team, adult softball teams, and the Coudersport Bowling League. In the 1987-88 bowling season, he was recognized with Jon Blumer and Jeff Ness in the three man classic league for the highest game total in the nation.

A sports enthusiast, he was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills, Penn State Nittany Lions, and the Boston Celtics.

Surviving besides his wife, Linda, are: his parents of Coudersport; two brothers, Garry (Lorraine) Hemphill of Coudersport and Richard (Judy) Hemphill of Port Allegany, PA; three sisters, Karen Robinson, his twin Mary (Jeff) Freeman, and Lori (Steve) Watson, all of Coudersport; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins; and beloved pets, Sammie, Smokie, and the infamous “Roy Boy”.

A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 28, 2008 in Christ Episcopal Church, Coudersport, PA. The Rev. Leslie K. Doyle will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery at Five Corners.

A Tailgate Party in Celebration of Mike’s Life will begin at 4:00 PM, Saturday, June 28, 2008 in the Roulette Fire Hall, Roulette, PA. Please feel free to wear your team colors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roulette Volunteer Fire Company and Auxiliary, Roulette, PA 16746, the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance, Coudersport, PA 16915, the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA 16915, or the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

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