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Richard W. Confer

January 8, 1932 ~ March 17, 2018 (age 86)
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Richard W. Confer, 86, of Aaronsburg, passed from this life on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Mount Nittany Medical Center.  Born January 8, 1932 in Centre Hall, Richard was a son of the late William and Grace “McClenahan” Confer.  On April 21, 1961, Richard married the love of his life, Frances G. Guisewhite, who survives at their home.

Richard proudly served his country as a SGT in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict where he earned the Presidential Unit Citation, the Korean Medal w/Bronze Service Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge.  Upon his return home, Richard was employed as an electrician at Hanover Foods in Centre Hall, retiring with 36 years of service and he also owned his own business, Confer Electric.  He was a member of the American Legion Keystone Post #444 in Millheim, the Millheim Fire Company, and the Nittany Antique Machinery Association.  He was an avid collector of International Harvester/Farmall tractors.  He loved attending the tractor pulls and watching his grandson’s pull.  He also enjoyed butchering, having his own meat shop at his home, where he shared his knowledge of the butchering trade with his grandsons and great grandsons.

In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by two daughters, Mary Kerstetter (Cloyd) of Aaronsburg and Janie Irvin of Bellefonte; one son in law, Rodney J. Wolfe of Spring Mills and three sisters, Marty Lightner of Bellefonte, Linda Neil of Lamar and Shirley Krout of Baltimore, MD.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Kevin Kerstetter (Claudia), Brian Kerstetter (Amy), Richard M. Wolfe (Heather), Rodney C. Wolfe (Nicole), Kelly Jo Rhoades (Richard), Donald J. Irvin, Jr. (Val) and Stephanie Rossman (John), along with twelve great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.  Richard was preceded in death by one daughter, Christy A. Wolfe; one son in law, Donald Irvin, two sisters, Lois Kuhn and Esther Jackson and two brothers in law, Glen Lightner and Pete Neil.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, March 21st from 6-8 pm at the Steven R. Neff Funeral Home in Millheim.  There will be a visitation from 10-11 am at the funeral home on Thursday, March 22nd followed by the funeral service at 11 am with Pastor Michael Covalt officiating.  Richard will be laid to rest at a later date in the Reformed Cemetery in Aaronsburg.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard’s memory may be given to Penns Valley EMS, Po Box 650, Millheim, PA 16854 or to the Millheim Fireman’s Trust Fund, Po Box 343, Millheim, PA 16854.

Donations may be made to:

Penns Valley EMS
Po Box 650, Millheim PA 16875

Millheim Firemans Trust Fund
Po Box 343, Millheim PA 16854

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