Duane P. (Peter) Grose, 86,
Mr. Duane P. (Peter) Grose, 86, of 381 E. Main St., PO Box 193, Laceyville, passed away at the VNA Hospice Unit of C.M.C. Hospital in Scranton, early Saturday morning, Aug. 20, 2011 after a long illness. Born on Sept. 19, 1924 in Skinners Eddy, he was the son of the late Raymond C. and Nina Durling Grose. Growing up in Laceyville, Pete was a graduate of the Laceyville High School, Class of 1943.
After his graduation from high school, he served his country in the U.S. Army Infantry Division during WWII from 1943-1945 in North Africa and later Italy where he was wounded in action earning two Purple Hearts, one decorated with an Oak Leaf Cluster, and also earning a Bronze Star.
For many years, Peter was employed at the Skinners Eddy Creamery, which later became Bradford County Creamery. He was also employed at the Sylvania (GTE) of Towanda and retired in 1981. He was a member of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion of Black Walnut and the Disabled American Veterans.
He was an avid sportsman, which included activities such as trapping, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed gardening and working with his beef cattle on his farm on Shannon Hill near Meshoppen. He took great joy with carpentry skills, building his own cabin and also doing various home improvements.
Survivors include his wife, the former Mae Shannon with whom he celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 23, 1946. He is also survived by his son, Colin and his wife, Tootsie Grose of Laceyville; his grandson, Douglas and his wife, Ji Hyun Grose of New York City; a sister, Wilma and her husband, Roger Burgess of Laceyville; a brother, Arden and his wife, Joyce Grose of Friendsville, and brother-in-law, Jerry and his wife, Collette Shannon of Oneonta, NY. Peter is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Norman Grose, Rexford Grose, Keith Grose and Darrell Swisher and a sister, Jean Kveragas.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday morning, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with ministers Rev. Thomas Mott of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church and Rev. Dorothy (Dolly) Tarreto of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Jersey Hill Cemetery in Meshoppen, with military services provided by the members of Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion of Black Walnut, Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion of Tunkhannock and V.F.W. Endless Mountains Post #3583 of Mehoopany.
Family and friends may call on Monday evening, Aug. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, SR 6 W., Laceyville, PA 18623.