Harold W. McElhatten, 66, of Warren, PA passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at St. Vincent Health Center of Erie, PA. Bill was born May 22, 1947, in Warren, PA, the son of the late Harold L. and Eva (Willis) McElhatten.
Bill was in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 as an E6 Staff Sergeant with the 198th Light Inf. Brig. Attached to American Div.1 Corps. He was employed at Blair for 10 years and National Forge for 15 years as a Computer Operator. He was a member of the Pine Grove Sportsman Club, and attended the Interfaith Chapel as long as he could. Bill loved his family, fishing and hunting; and most of all, his best friend, Jesus Christ.
Bill was passionate about educating smokers on the ill effects of emphysema, after having battled it for many years himself. He hoped to pass his message along to encourage smokers to quit.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judith A. Allen McElhatten; two sons, Brett McElhatten, and wife, Amanda, and Brad McElhatten; one daughter, Kendra McElhatten, and companion, Bryan Fuller, all of North Warren; and five grandchildren, Mackenzie and Brodie McElhatten, Logan Smith, Arianna and Ashlynn Fuller; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Eva Willis McElhatten, in 1955 and his father, Harold L. McElhatten, in 1992.
Friends will be received at the Interfaith Chapel, Warren State Hospital, N. Warren, on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at which time a memorial service will be held there with Rev. Nancy Schwanke, pastor, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hosptial, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
The Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with arrangements. To view or send econdolences, please visit www.petersonblickfuneralhome.com.