James Youhon of Brisbin died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Born Feb. 18, 1947 in Philipsburg, he was the son of the late Wallace Robert Youhon and Katheryn (Yebernetsky) Youhon, who survives in Brisbin.
He was a member of the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ramey.
Mr. Youhon served as a combat platoon staff sergeant with the Ninth Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. During his tour of duty, he was decorated eight times, including two Purple Hearts, Cross of Gallantry, Blue Badge of Courage and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, the Houtzdale American Legion Freeberg Post No. 591 and the National Rifle Association.
He was a 1965 graduate of the Moshannon Valley High School. He obtained a college degree in accounting.
Surviving, along with his mother, are two sisters, Patti Terwilliger and her husband, James of Cleveland, Ohio and Arlene Steele and her husband, Jeffrey of Wadsworth, Ohio and a brother, Lawrence and his wife, Susan of Medina, Ohio.
Mr. Youhon was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the St Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ramey, with The Very Rev. Anthony Balistreri officiating.
Burial will follow in the St Lawrence Cemetery, Houtzdale.
Friends will be received from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday at the Birger A. Freeberg Funeral Home Inc., Houtzdale.
Graveside military honors will be accorded by the Houtzdale American Legion Freeberg Post No. 591 Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, P.O. Box 205, Ramey, Pa. 16671.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.birgerafreebergfuneral home.com.
From a fellow comrade: “Jim you always impressed me with your combination of virtues. You have a great kindness and great bravery. What a combination! I will always remember these examples you have given me. God Bless you. I still trust you with my back. We were there.”