Sept. 6, 2013
Elwood N. "Woody" Anthony, 90, of White Haven, loving patriarch, father, grandfather, and pop pop was taken by God and the angels on his special day, Sept. 6, 2013, in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.
He was born in Sandy Run on Feb. 7, 1923, to Howard and Elizabeth (Makatchie) Anthony. His loving wife, the late S. Melvina Weaver was born in the same homestead.
An army veteran of World War II, he served as a corporal at GO33WD45, the Western Pacific, and Iwo Jima, and was attached to a Marine Corps Division engaged in the battle of Iwo Jima. He saw considerable action for which he was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with Bronze Arrowhead, and a World War II Victory Ribbon.
Following his honorable discharge, he was employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad and later by Ira Berger and Sons Lumber Co., Freeland. He then worked for Foster Township as a heavy equipment operator and later became the township supervisor. For many years, and prior to his retirement, he worked construction at the PPL Power Plant, Berwick.
Woody was well known as the friendly greeter at Walmart, Hazle Township, where he was well loved and endeared. While at Walmart, he was in a national TV commercial filmed in Sandy Run and Sandy Valley. He was loved by all and would help anyone without any expectation of reward.
He was a longtime member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Freeland, where he was famous for his homemade sauerkraut served at church dinners. He planted flowers in front of the church and also delivered flowers to the homebound. He was also a life member of the Freeland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5010 and the Freeland American Legion Post 473.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, the former S. Melvina Weaver, in 1999; and brothers, Manfred, Elbert, Gordon, Nelson, and Warren (who was killed in World War II). Woody was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
A private burial will be held in the Freeland Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to a memorial service to be held in St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Freeland, at a date and time to be announced.
McHugh-Wilczek Funeral Home, 249 Centre St., Freeland is in charge of arrangements.