C. Arthur (Art) McEntire, 97, a former resident of 110 Elm St., Franklin, died peacefully at 5:11 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in The Caring Place of Franklin.
Born Oct. 3, 1915, in Clarion, he was a beloved son of the late Chester A. and Allie P. Wheeler McEntire.
He attended the Clarion area schools and graduated from Clarion High School.
Mr. McEntire proudly served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Army. He attained rank of staff sergeant with Company B, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division; where he saw combat in the Rome-Arno, Southern France and Rhineland campaigns. He was wounded in action in Nothweiler, Germany, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1944, for which he received the Purple Heart. He was also awarded the European-African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Upon his honorable discharge from active duty, he was employed for many years as a bookkeeper for various area businesses, including Gates & Burns Reality and the former Home Savings & Loan of Oil City.
In his earlier years, he enjoyed bowling as a member of various leagues at Seneca Lanes and the former Court Recreation in Franklin. He was a longtime league bowler in the Fireman’s League. He also enjoyed stamp and coin collecting, hunting and fishing, pitching horseshoes and working in his large vegetable gardens. He was a member of the Clarion Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. McEntire was a faithful member of Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church, where he had formerly served as a longtime treasurer, trustee of the church, church deacon and church elder. He had also taught Sunday school at the church for many years.
He was married Nov. 21, 1942, to the former Mary Jayne Best, who survives.
In addition to his beloved wife of 70 years, he is survived by his sons, Fred McEntire of Pittsburgh, Tim McEntire and his wife, Brenda, of Conneaut Lake, and Kerry McEntire and his wife, Brenda, of Smithville, Texas; his grandchildren, Tim, Heather and her husband, Jason, Lili, Kira and Jennifer; his great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Drew and Taylor; his sister, Mary Lou McEntire of Clarion; his brother, Glenn McEntire of Franklin; and many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Alfred, Elwood and Lloyd McEntire.
Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in Timothy E. Hartle Funeral Home, 1328 Elk St., Franklin.
The family will also receive friends Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. in Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church, 321 Rocky Grove Ave. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the church, with Pastor Sue Nageotte officiating.
Immediately following the funeral services, full military burial rites will be accorded by the VETS Funeral Honor Guard of Franklin.
Private interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be directed in Mr. McEntire’s name to the Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Please visit hartlefuneralhome.com for further arrangements and to leave your notes of condolence.