Jack S “Harold” Libby, 89, died on Wednesday May 11, 2022 at her home near Burnham.
Born November 2, 1932 in Weikert, Union County, Pennsylvania, he was the eleventh of twelve children born to the late Daniel C. and Sarah E. (Hironimus) Libby.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by; brothers, Ralph T., William J., and Lyman L. Libby; and her sisters, Ethel R. Caldwell, Kathryn “Ginny” Martin, Nancy I. Ney, Marjorie M. Shively, Marion S. Priar, and Jean L. Boyer.
He leaves to mourn; daughter, Cindy Lucas and husband, Kim, of McAlisterville, and one son, Mark S. Libby, of Anacortes, Washington; grandchildren, Megan Lucas, of Camp Hill, Joshua Lucas, of Whitefish, Montana, Jacob Lucas, of Auckland, New Zealand, Seth Libby, of Halden, Mass., Hannah Libby, of Duvall, Washington, and Emma Engles , of Hooksett, New Hampshire; a sister Josephine E. Mayes, of Elizabethtown, and a brother, D. Roger Libby, of Macungie. He also leaves to mourn dozens of nieces and nephews whom he loved and nurtured; and his faithful dog, “Red”.
He was previously an active member of Burnham Church of the Brethren and was also a member of Hironimus Union Church in Weikert.
“Harold” was a graduate of Burnham High School, class of 1950.
After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he was discharged with honor and began his graduate studies at Gettysburg College and Juniata College, earning a degree in biology in 1959. He later earned a master’s degree in administration public of Penn State University. in 1970.
Jack began his professional career after college, with the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a health officer and inspector. He then worked for the Department of Environmental Resources as a state supervisor for the Office of Community Environmental Control in north-central Pennsylvania, retiring in 1991.
In his younger years, Jack was very active in the communities of Burnham and Lewistown. He was a liaison for the health department and public schools, and he was also president of the Burnham Lions Club. In this position, he was involved in the planning and construction of Burnham Pool. He was also instrumental in implementing a low-cost health screening to benefit surrounding communities organized by the Lions Club, for which he received a commendation from the House of Representatives.
After retirement, he pursued his interests in travel, hiking, fishing, and worked on projects back home. He loved reading and seeking knowledge. He was passionate about the natural environment, its protection and preservation.
He spent many hours at his beloved cabin, Algoma, on Penns Creek, hiking, fly fishing and relaxing. He passed on his vast knowledge of the region’s history and wildlife to his children and grandchildren.
He was an avid walker – seen by many in the area for years on his daily walks with his little dog, “Red”. He loved meeting new people and learning from them. He had a wry sense of humor and a caustic wit.
He also valued practicality, frugality, and the application of common sense.
His family would like to thank from the bottom of their hearts the many people who have comforted and cared for him over the years. Most recently carers Ruth, Robin, Cindy, Tim, Kayla and Kim. Also, palliative care nurses Morgan and Lauren.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Those wishing to make a contribution to Jack’s memory are encouraged to make a donation to: Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation. 704 Lisburn Road, Suite 102, Camp Hill, PA 17011, or Hironimus Union Church, Weikert, PA 17885.
Arrangements are in the care of Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Home, 108 First Ave., Burnham.
Online condolences can be offered to the family at www.hellerhoenstine funeral home.com