George C. Kelchner

Date of Death: 11/24/2019

George C. Kelchner

July 8, 1942 – Nov. 24, 2019

George C. Kelchner, III, 77, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday at Presbyterian Village in Hollidaysburg.

George proudly called Blair County home for most of his life. He was born in Altoona on July 8, 1942, to the late William C.Kelchner and Jane (Berkowitz) Kelchner.

He is survived by a nephew, David Wingert of Lebanon, his wife, Kathy, and their children; Dr. Daniel Wingert and Katie (Wingert) McArdle; and a niece, Polly (Wingert) Tabeling of Peachtree Corners, GA, wife of William Tabeling, and their children, Andrew Tabeling and Kate Tabeling.

George was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Judith (Kelchner) Wingert, in 1990 and his brother-in-law, Dr. J. Paul Wingert, Jr., in 2013

After graduating from Altoona Area High School in 1960, he earned a B.A. in History from Penn State University in 1964. A member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1964-1970, George began working for Curry, Cannon & Company, an Altoona wholesale grocery business, in 1964 and continued working as a salesman for the business after its purchase by Sky Brothers, Inc. In the 1980s, George worked for Pittsburgh-based Berhorst Wholesale Groceries, which eventually became Kraft Foods.  He continued working for Kraft until his retirement in 1993, when he returned to his beloved Blair County.

George’s interests included a voracious appetite for reading, with a special passion for American history. George was a life-long supporter of the Republican Party and a member of the Bavarian Aid Society. George will be remembered most, however, for his relationships with his friends and family. He was a founding member of PALs (Pals Always Loyal), a club formed in the early 1950s among a group of boys from the Llyswen neighborhood of Altoona. The boys grew to men and have remained friends throughout their lives, meeting regularly for dinner together since 1972, even until today.

At George’s request, there will be no funeral or visitation. A private graveside service will be held at the discretion of the family.

Arrangements are by The Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, at George’s request, donations may be made to: Ward Avenue Presbyterian Church, 101 Coleridge Ave., Altoona, PA. 16602.

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