Harold D. Hites , 86 of Lake City, beloved husband of Patricia L. Hites, passed away peacefully on Thursday March 29, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born July 5, 1931 in Cranesville, PA, a son of the late Marcus A. and Nellie M. (Forbes) Hites.
Harold graduated from the Rice Avenue Union High School in 1949. Following high school he enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned home and began working at Protane Gas Service in Erie, as a Service Representative. Most recently he had been employed by Parker-White Metal (now PHB Diecast) where he retired from following over 29 years of service. From his parents Harold learned the value of hard work, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union and enjoyed working crossword puzzles everyday. He especially loved being with his family, reading, bird watching and fishing the local creeks of the area.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Loretta Gildersleeve and three brothers, Ellsmore, Gerald and Donald Hites and a son in law, John F. Hadley Jr.
He will be lovingly remembered by his family, which include his wife, Patricia L. (Martin) Hites, whom he married November 1, 1958 also by his daughters, Colleen M. Buck of Lake City, Denise E. Welch (David) of New Wilmington, PA, Susan G. French of Conneaut, OH, Karen M. Hadley of Lake City, Nancy E. Chorney (Robert) of Indian Trail, NC; a son, Brian H. Hites of Millcreek; his beloved grandchildren, John Buck (Brandi), Wayne Buck, Frank Buck (Jessica), Joshua Buck (fiance’ Kassandra), Ryan Welch, Christopher Welch, Erin French, Patrick French, Courtney Smith, Jayson Hadley, Ashley Chorney and Amanda Chorney; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Edder Funeral Home, Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard and are invited to attend services there on Monday at 10 a.m.
Burial with full military honors will be in the Girard Cemetery.
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