Harry Garbrick, Jr., 90 of Centre Hall, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. Born on March 23, 1928, in Houserville, he was the son of the late Harry Garbrick, Sr. and Elizabeth (Rhine) Garbrick.
Harry was a graduate of State College Area High School. He went above and beyond to serve our country in the United States Army, Air Force and National Guard for a total of 38 years of service. He served during WWII in the Army. He started basic training here but was sent to Korea to finish. During his years in the service, he was awarded numerous medals, including, Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Active Duty Reserve Medal with 01 Device, ARF Meritorious Service Ribbon with 05 Devices, AFF Longevity Service Ribbon with 06 Devices, National Defense Service Medal, Occupational Medal, Good Conduct Medal Army. His most recent job, after his time in the service, was a school bus driver for State College Area School District.
Harry is survived by three children, Harry Garbrick, III (Stacey) of Madisonburg, Shawnee Garbrick of State College, and David R. Garbrick of Madisonburg; and six grandchildren, Derek, Ashley, Sierra, Malia, Mason, and Aaron. Also surviving are two sisters, Lillian Garbrick and Emma Garbrick, both of Pine Hurst, NC., and one brother, Jimmy Garbrick of rural Bellefonte.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven siblings, Kenneth, Mary, Phyllis, Betty, Homer, Paul, and Paula.
Harry was a member of Bald Eagle Baptist Church in Port Matilda. He especially enjoyed bowling and was awarded Senior PA Champion Bowler. He later went to Las Vegas to compete for the World Championship. He was also a very active genealogist. He entered and found over 26,000 during his 15 years of genealogy.
There will be a memorial service held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 9 am at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte with Pastor Bob Dornan officiating. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at Faith United Methodist Church at 512 Hughes Street, Bellefonte. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Rev. Dr. Renee Ford for assisting the family with organizing and arranging the Harry’s service during their time of need.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at PO Box 7, Bellefonte, PA 16823 to aid in funeral expenses.