Well-known logger, Herbert M. Preston, 92, of Wyalusing, PA, passed away on Wednesday night, Dec. 18, 2013, at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Towanda, with his loving family at his side.
Born in Beaumont, PA on May 6, 1921, he was a son of the late Charles and Sybil Clark Preston. He served in WWII in the U.S. Army in Central Europe. He met and married the former Doris Neiley of Wyalusing; she predeceased him on Aug. 2, 1999. In his early years, he worked with his father farming and logging, he then started Herb Preston Logging of Wyalusing, which he continued to run until his passing. His son, John, worked with him in the logging business since 1980. Herb was proud to say that he delivered the very first load of pulpwood to Masonite when it opened. He was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Herb was a member of the American Legion Post #34, Wyalusing. He loved his job, running bulldozers well into his 80s, driving trucks and delegating jobs. Herb hosted the “Herbie church” every Sunday morning from 9:00 - ? He loved to travel around the country with his wife by his side. He was an avid reader; he especially loved the westerns.
Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Roy and Nancy of Herrickville and John Preston of Wyalusing; four daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Mike Bristol of Troy, Donna and Ronnie Cole of Wyalusing, Pat and Burt Neuber of Wyalusing and Mary and Glenn Beckley of Wyalusing; brothers and sisters-in-law, Floyd and Doris Preston of Laceyville and Nile and Marie Preston of Apalachin; sisters and brother-in-law, Jean Burgess of Elmira, Grace and George Howland of Herrickville, Betty DeMann of Towanda and Janet Jagger of Wyalusing; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard “Dick” and Betty Neiley of Homets Ferry and Virginia Neiley of Wysox; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and his special pet, Bob the dog.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Paul Preston and Clyde Preston; a sister, Ruth Foisey and special dogs, Carmel and Honey.
Funeral services will be held on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, with the Rev. William L. Westbrook Sr. officiating. Interment will be in the Camptown Cemetery, Camptown.
Friends and family may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home in Wyalusing, on Dec. 20, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and also on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11.
Graveside military services will be accorded by members of Wyalusing Post 534.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Towanda Skilled Nursing Unit, One Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA 18848.
To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com.