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Durward A. Newhard, 94, S. Elm St., Jefferson, Ohio, died the evening of Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Austinburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Dec. 6, 1922, in Meadville, a son of Harley and Frances (Buckley) Newhard and has resided in Jefferson since 1971, coming from New Castle.
He was a 1941 graduate of New Castle High School.
Mr. Newhard was a 22-year employee of Western Reserve Telephone Co., then Alltel, retiring in 1993. In earlier years, he worked at Johnson Bronze Co., and in maintenance with the New Castle schools system. Following retirement, he worked more than 20 years at Bi-Lo Grocery Store in Jefferson.
Durward was a veteran of the Army, serving in World War II.
He was a life member of the VFW Post 3334, where he served as commander, American Legion Baylor Post 152, where he served as 1st vice commander and Military Order of the Cootie, where he was past commander of District 4.
Durward was on the first Honor Flight from Cleveland to Washington on May 23, 2007.
His masonic affiliations included Craft Lodge 433 F&AM, receiving his 60-year pin in 2014, and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of New Castle. He was also a member of the Transportation Club of New Castle, Independent Order of Telephone Pioneers, Jefferson Squares, Friday Falcon Bowling League, AARP, Traveler's Protective Association and IBEW Local 1507.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, gardening and collecting stamps.
He was the recipient of the Charles "Chuck" Lewis Community Service Award from the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce in 2005.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet G. (Sealacek) Newhard, whom he married July 7, 2011; a sister-in-law, Jan Newhard of Meadville; and two nephews, Keith and Stanley Newhard.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Bertha Newhard; a wife, Margaret (Onion) Newhard; and siblings, Dennis, Dorrance and Dwayne Newhard, Maxine Schlosser and Theola Phillips.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Home of Fleming and Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev. Fred Grimm officiating. Military honors by Geneva VFW Post 6846 will begin the services.
Burial will be in Loomis Cemetery in Bloomfield, Pennsylvania.
Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to the time of service Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, envelopes will be at the funeral home.
The Fleming and Billman Funeral Homes and staff are honored to serve the Durward Newhard family.
Visit fleming-billman.com to view obituary, express condolences, send flowers or light a candle.
Published on July 24, 2017
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