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September 18, 2012

Dr. G. Allen Haws

SHIPPENVILLE — Dr. G. Allen Haws, better know as “Doc,” of Shippenville, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday morning Sept. 16, 2012.

He was a son of the late George E. Haws and Miriam Schlouch Killian, born Nov. 9, 1926, in Gibraltar, Robeson Township, Berks County.

In 1944 he graduated from Mt. Penn High School, Reading. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy, serving from October 1944 to June 1946 in the Pacific Theatre aboard the U.S.S. Pittsburgh as fire controlman third class. After military service, he attended Washington State University from 1946 to 1948 and Albright College in the summer of 1946. His veterinary degree was completed at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in May 1952 with the degree of VMD. “Doc” started his veterinary practice in Clarion, where his specialty was treating large animals in local communities. His office was located on Fifth Avenue, from June 1952 to June 1977. There he could be found evenings caring for the pets of the local community. “Doc” married Mary Ellen Fisher Hartzell, who worked by his side running the veterinary office.

After 25 years of private practice he went to work for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as Region I veterinarian field officer. He retired in 2002 after 50 combined years of dedicating his life to the field of veterinary medicine. During his employment with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, he could be seen at local county fairs. He enjoyed this service and continued to serve at local fairs long after his retirement. While working at the Meadville office, Doc and Mary resided in Saegertown.

Allen was a Lutheran by faith. His memberships included the Pennsylvania Veterinarian Association, the Clarion Post American Legion and the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association.

“Doc” is survived by five sons and two daughters, Larry Hartzell of Glastonbury, Conn., Nancy Okler of Nevada City, Calif., Dennis Hartzell and wife, Carla, of Hudson, Mass., George Haws and wife, Terri, of Sanford, Fla., Greg Haws and wife, Brenda, of Shippenville, Gary Haws and wife, Wendy, of Clarion, and Trudy Haws-Stankelis and friend, Scott Stadler, of West Allis, Wis. In addition, he is survived by a sister, Ruth Wittich of Narvon; sisters-in-law, Bess Fleischer of Lockport, N.Y., and Louise Conway of Clearfield; brothers-in-law, Robert Fisher of Georgia and Charles Fisher of Renova; 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary, who passed away Dec. 22, 2002; a son, Ronald Hartzell in 1998; a granddaughter, Jenny Lynn Hartzell in 1978; and a grandson, Joshua Allen Haws-Stankelis in 2012.

Because of his love of animals, Doc bought a gentleman’s farm in Venus. It was there he spent summers and weekends from 1964 to 1979. On this farm he created a home for unwanted cats, dogs and horses, where they lived out their days under his care. It was also a place where his children learned the simple pleasures of life including bailing hay, plowing the fields with a horse and hand plow and afternoons spent horseback riding.

Most recently “Doc” donated a parcel of land in Strattanville for the construction of the Clarion Pups Animal Park. Clarion Pups is a local organization dedicated to the care and shelter of abandoned and abused animals.

There will be no viewing as per “Doc’s” request.

Interment will be in the mausoleum at Clarion Cemetery.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Grace Lutheran Church, 417 Madison St., Clarion, with the Rev. Harold O. Jacobson presiding. Immediately following the service, a luncheon will be held at the American Legion, Main Street, Clarion.

Arrangements are being made by Goble Funeral Home, Clarion. Condolences can be sent to the family at the website,

In lieu of flowers, and because of his great love and dedication to animals, the family requests that donations be made to Clarion Pups, PO 480, Clarion, Pa. 16214.

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