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Obituary for Manley Boone

Manley D. Boone, 71 of Bellefonte. was a devoted son and brother, loving husband, mentoring father and generous grandfather; passed away Saturday, January 9, 2010. Born in 1938 in Marsh Creek, he was a son of Iva Young Boone and the late Walter Boone. He was a lifelong resident of Zion.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 41 years, Shirley Marshall Boone; a son, Edward "Rusty" and wife Vicki Boone; two grandsons; Aston and Adam; a sister, Vera Musser and husband John R., two brothers; Emie and wife Vicki and Aaron and wife Janet Boone, and nine nieces and nephews.

As a young man, Manley worked on the family diary farm. In 1956, he graduated from Bellefonte High School, where he was an active member of the Future Farmers of America and Woodsmen of the World. After high school, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Germany.

Returning home from the service, Manley was one of the first employees for H.R.I. and operated every type of road excavating equipment. His work took him to all parts of the state and for 38 years, he served the company loyally, retiring in 2005.

He was an expert welder and masterful mechanic, capable of fixing anything. His woodworking skills filled the family home with beautiful furniture. His favorite wood was walnut. His garden fruit trees and lawn all bloomed with the attention of his green thumb.

Manley was a very active member of the Zion Community Church. He faithfully attended and humbly served for more than 41 years.

Manley was best known for his "helping hands," but his love and passion was for his family. He loved spending time with his parents, siblings and their families. He made the ice cream for all the birthdays and picked the ham for the dinners. He cherished the time with his grandsons and lit up when "his boys" walked through the door. He kept the farm pond stocked for fishing and all the go-carts gassed up for a quick ride. His toolbox was always open and he loaned his equipment and time to anyone in need. His fast smile and open heart solved many problems. He touched the lives of everyone he met.

Manley was the corner-post of our family and will be greatly missed.

Friends will be received from 6 - 8 p.m. today, Monday, January 11, 2010 at the Kader-Neff Funeral Home, 135 W. Main Street, Howard, Pa. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at the Zion Community Church, 3261 Zion Rd., Bellefonte with the Pastor Rob Tevis officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 135 W. Sparks St., State College, Pa. 16801 or to a charity of your choice.

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