Howard W. Painter | Obituaries


Howard W. Painter, 78, of Huntingdon, visited the gentleman at UPMC Altoona on Wednesday November 3, 2021. His death came unexpectedly.

He was born on March 24, 1943 in Huntingdon to the late Charles W. and A. Margaret (Yohn) Painters. He was married to the former Polly Atherton, who survived in her residence.

In addition to his wife, he has two children, Darrell W. Painter and wife, Wendy, Altoona and Patricia A. Acord and husband, Michael, Lancaster; four granddaughters, Kaitlin Marie Skiles and husband, David, Lancaster, Amanda Margaret Painter, Altoona, Grace Elizabeth Acord, Lancaster and Zoe Ann Acord, Lancaster.

He is also survived by a sister, Janice D. Taylor, Huntingdon; and two brothers-in-law, Richard “Dick” Atherton and his wife Barbara and Gary Atherton and his wife Carol.

He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Susan Atherton.

He was of the Protestant faith.

Mr. Painter joined the U.S. Army on November 13, 1961 and served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on November 12, 1964, achieved the rank of 5th grade specialist, and received the Marksman Badge with M1 RIFLE, the Marksman Badge with Carbine Bar, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

He was a member of the Frank P. Hommon American Legion Post 24, Huntingdon.

Mr. Painter graduated from Huntingdon High School in 1961; and after his honorable discharge from the US Army, he attended the former Altoona offset printing school.

Until his retirement he worked as an offset printer at what was then JB Kunz Co., Huntingdon.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors and loved boating on Raystown Lake, daily walks in Detwiler Memorial Field, and weekly trips with his beloved wife, Polly, especially through Big Valley. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, who meant everything to him, especially his four granddaughters whom he adored and his loyal canine companion Cinderella, who had preceded him in death.

A memorial service begins Tuesday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m. at the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon, under the direction of Rev. Richard Peck. Military honors are awarded by the combined VFW / American Legion Honor and Color Guards. The funeral will take place in Huntingdon Memorial Gardens, Walker Township, Huntingdon.

Friends will be welcomed to the funeral home on Monday, November 8th, from 6pm to 8pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Mr. Painter can be made to the Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 Schoolhouse Hollow Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

Services are managed by the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon.

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