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Harold "Harley" James Rodemoyer of Hermitage passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday evening, Dec. 16, 2017, in his home, with his cat, Simon, at his side. He was 83.
Mr. Rodemoyer was born July 22, 1934, in Fredonia, a son of John Henry and Mayme Elizabeth (Frantz) Rodemoyer. He graduated in 1952 from the former Fredonia Delaware High School where he was a member of its 1951 state championship basketball team.
Harley retired in 1994 from what was Chemical Lehman Tank Lines where he worked as a truck driver for 34 years. He previously worked at Anderson Bus Co. in Greenville as a tour bus driver.
He was a member of the St. John's Reformed Lutheran Church, Mercer.
Harley was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Hickory VFW Post 6166, Hermitage. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, hunting and going to his camp in Marienville. Years earlier, he played baseball in several Mercer County leagues.
His wife, the former Eleanor "Ellie" Zachik, whom he married Feb. 8, 1961, passed away Aug. 27, 1994.
He is survived by a daughter, Cathy Jean Smith of Hermitage; a stepdaughter, Debbie Zurawsky of Hubbard, Ohio; a stepson, David (Connie) Leon of West Middlesex; two sisters, Helen Rogers of Kennesaw, Ga., and Esther Taylor of Mercer; two brothers, Russell F. Rodemoyer of Mercer and Howard C. Rodemoyer of Tucker, Ga; a grandson, Brandon Rodger Smith of Elkhorn, Wis.; and one great-grandson, Ayden Alexander Smith.
Besides his wife, Harley was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mary Rodemoyer, Evelyn McKay and Isabelle McConnell; seven brothers, Richard, who died in infancy, and Paul, Leonard, William, John, Gail and Earl Rodemoyer; and a son-in-law, Rodger Smith.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Hickory VFW Honor Guard, in care of Hickory VFW, 5550 E. State St., Hermitage, PA 16148.

Harold "Harley" James, 83, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 1 p.m. until the time of service Friday (12-22-17) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Services: Funeral at 2 p.m. Friday (12-22-17) in the funeral home, with the Rev. C. Charles Eckles, pastor of IHS Ministries, Hermitage, officiating. The Hickory VFW Honor Guard will render military honors immediately prior to the service on Friday in the funeral home.
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on December 18, 2017
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