The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 25, 2013

Elwood W. Tharp, 92, Northumberland


The Daily Item

— NORTHUMBERLAND — Elwood W. Tharp, 92, of Northumberland, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove.

He was born March 22, 1921, in Northumberland, a son of the late E. Frank and Bessie (Compton) Tharp. On Sept. 27, 1941, he married the former Edythe V. Long who survives.

Elwood was a 1938 graduate of Sunbury High School and a graduate of the DeVry Electrical Institute. He served the the Army Air Force during Wold War II.

He retired in 1980 as general maintenance foreman at the Celotex Company and was later employed by the Sunbury Community Hospital.

He was a long time member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sunbury and was a past superintendent of the Sunday school. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union, Local 542, a life member of the Friendship Hose Co., American Legion Post 201, Free and Accepted Masonic Loadge 22, and Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest 65, all of Sunbury. Until recently, he was the oldest playing member of the Sunbury City Band. He also played in the Danville Legion Band, the MidPenn Band,Tall Cedars Band, the Selinsgrove Adult Band and the Sunbury Elks Band.

Elwood enjoyed reading, woodworking and auto restoring.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three grandchildren, Michael Tharp, of New York City, Diane Babb and her husband, Michael, and David Tharp and his wife, Kelly, all of Massachusetts; three great-grandchildren, Owen and Noah Babb and Lukas Tharp; and one sister, Helen A. Smeltz, of Virginia.

He was preceded in death by one son, Frank Tharp.

A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 309 Water St., Northumberland, followed by the funeral service at 11.

Interment will be in the Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 900 Susquehanna Ave., Sunbury.