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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Earl G. Strait, Sr., 74, Turtlepoint, PA

TURTLEPOINT- Earl G. Strait, Sr., 74, of Annin Creek Rd., died Wednesday (Dec. 17, 2008) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

Born November 26, 1934, in Olean, NY, he was a son of Gaylord “Guy” and Elizabeth Knapp Strait. On June 13, 1975, in Port Allegany, he married Nancy A. Sherrife, who survives.

Mr. Strait worked for Ball Corp. (now Saint-Gobain Container Co.) as a front end foreman, retiring in 1995, after 44 years of service.

He was a lifetime resident of the area and a past member of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union, AFL, CIO, Local Union 75. He also was a former member of the Bells & Beaus Square Dance Club, was an avid camper and hunter.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Nancy, are two sons, Earl G.(Susan) Strait, Jr., of Niceville, FL, Joseph C. (Romona) Strait of Blairsville, GA; three daughters, Elizabeth L. (Keith) Howard of Turtlepoint, Stacy A. (Robert) Brown of Douglasville, PA, Rose Marie Fuller of Smethport; a stepson, David J. (Cynthia) Carpenter of Port Allegany; a stepdaughter, Stephanie (Paul) Bidwell of Eldred; 25 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert D. (Dorothy) Strait of Turtlepoint; a sister, Marjorie Amell of Turtlepoint; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Doris Watkins, a stepson, Randall P. Carpenter, and a great-granddaughter.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 20, 2008) with the Rev. John Wesley, vicar of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to the S.W. Smith Library, Port Area Ambulance Service, or the American Cancer Society.

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