Clair J. Schrock

Clair J SchrockClair J. Schrock of Valier, PA, gently passed away on March 16, 2017, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, after a brief illness, surrounded by the love of his family.

Clair was born on July 22, 1918, in Punxsutawney, a son of Curtis and Alma (Whitesel) Schrock and lived his entire life in the Punxsutawney area.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II, at the Battle of the Bulge and the Siegfried Line. He served with the 309th Combat Engineers of the 84th Infantry Division.

On February 26, 1942, he married his wife of 68 years, Helen R. (Piper) Schrock, who preceded him in death on November 1, 2010.

During his lifetime, Clair worked as a truck driver and delivery person for Eastern States/Agway, Mahoning Maid Meats, and Mahoning Milling Company. He also worked in a coal mine, did logging, and worked for Elgeer in Ford City, PA. He was proud to be a farmer his entire life, and owned and operated his farm near Valier where he raised chickens and beef cattle. He sadly gave up farming when he was 93.

Clair was a very active member of the Valier United Methodist Church for the last 65 plus years. Throughout those years, he was Sunday School Superintendent, served on and was chairman of the Church Official Board, and was on many other committees. Due to his willingness to help others he was an inspiration to many.

Clair was an active member and supporter of Mahoning Hills Senior Center where he enjoyed socializing, playing cards, and all the activities the center had to offer. He will be missed by the many friends he made there.

He is survived by his 4 children: Claire Barnett and husband Carl of Erie, PA, Eileen Smith and husband Geary of Punxsutawney, Sandra Kaza and husband George of Punxsutawney, and Frederick Schrock and wife Amy (Griffin) Schrock of Jackson, MS. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Michelle Koster (David), Ann Thomassy, Matthew Smith (Lauren), George Kaza (Shannon), Rebecca Kimmerle (Nathan), Mark Kaza (Katherine) and Griffin and Piper Schrock as well as 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A very special friend, Ellen Chambers, also survives.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Twila Schrock Michael, a brother, Curtis V. Schrock, who was killed in WWII, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will be received from 2 to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Valier United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda B. Chambers officiating. Military Funeral Honors will be held directly following the service by the Jefferson County Veterans Honor Guard.

Interment will be in Valier Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to: Mahoning Hills Social Center, Aging Services of Indiana County, 19298 Route 119, Punxsutawney, PA 15767, or to Valier United Methodist Church, 54 Center Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767.

The family wishes to thank the very special staff of Mahoning Hills Senior Center under the direction of Marybeth Wilson and the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff of the Punxsutawney Area Hospital for the great care and consideration given to our father and family. We really appreciate all your efforts and kindnesses.

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