Mr. Emry J. Place, 88, of Laceyville, Pa., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in the Hospice Care of the Golden Living Center, Tunkhannock, Pa. He is survived by his wife, the former Gladys McLaud. Tuesday, the day of his passing, was the couple’s 43rd wedding anniversary.
Born in Silvara, Pa. on Oct. 6, 1920, he was a son of the late Thell and Florence James Place. Emry was a lifelong resident of the Laceyville area.
Prior to retirement, he owned and operated Place’s Family Department Store in Laceyville, and was later employed by Metropolitan Life.
Emry was a member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, serving over the years as a church trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, and member of the choir. He was a charter member of the Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus, and a member of the “Neighborhood Boys” barbershop quartet.
He also was a member, along with his wife and good friends the Lynes, of the “Sounds of Joy” quartet. He was a former member of the Laceyville Rotary Club and the Laceyville Town Council.
Emry loved being surrounded by his family, and especially cherished the time spent fishing with his grandchildren and visits with his special little great-granddaughter, Star.
Emry will be remembered for his devotion to his church, his love of music, his famous barbeque chicken, and his knack for fixing sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. He was an avid Yankees fan, and always ready for a game of pinochle.
Besides his wife, he is also survived by a daughter, Beverly Andren, of Bradenton, Fla.; a son Richard (Charlotte) Place, of Transue, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Kathleen (Donald) Watkins, of Tunkhannock, PA.; a stepson, Nelson (Bobbie) Hollett, of Meshoppen, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Place, of Endicott, N.Y..; nine grandchildren, Pamela Hanson, Robin, Ronald and Emry Place, Lyle and Jesse Place, Benjamin Segars, Joseph and Lee Hollett; and seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Lyle, Arthur and Otto Place; a son, Ronald Place; a stepson, Gordon Hollett; and a granddaughter, Carol Place.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ken Small of the church officiating. Interment will be in the Beaver Meadows Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, RR 1 Box 1860, Laceyville, PA. 18623. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, PA.