Howard J. SchmackJanuary 30, 1938 ~ September 25, 2017 (age 79)
Howard Joseph Schmack, 79, of South Williamsport, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 25, 2017. He was born on Jan. 30, 1938, in Williamsport. He was the son of the late Joseph Schliebener of Owego, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Howard Schmack and his grandmother Hattie Schmack, of Williamsport, who adopted him and his predeceased brother Clarence Schmack at a young age.
He attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Williamsport, and then graduated from Father Flanagan’s Boys Home in Boys Town, Nebraska in 1956.
He served in the U.S. Army and shortly after, he met his future wife Rita Naughton; they wed on April 22, 1964. At the time, he worked at the Muncy Luminary and then for J. Fred Bangert Linotype Co. In October 1967, he purchased the business. In July 1968, he purchased Business Men’s Press Inc. and combined the two into one facility in Williamsport. He served in various leadership positions in the Jaycees, was a member of the Williamsport Rotary Club, served on the Lift 3 United Way Fund and a multitude of YMCA fundraisers. He helped annually with Wheel Club Christmas party, providing Christmas gifts for the community’s underprivileged children. In 1972, he purchased Central Pennsylvania Packaging Supplies Company in Williamsport. The same year, he was elected President of the Williamsport Jaycees, served as Chairman for the Lycoming County March of Dimes, organized the first walkathon ever held in Lycoming County and raised pledges of more than $10,000. In 1973, he was named the Outstanding Young Man of the Year by the Greater Williamsport Jaycees.
In 1976, he began a new career with the Universal Investment Company of Harrisburg, where he served on the Board of Directors. In 1988, he was named Regional Chairman of Communication for Agriculture, a national non-profit rural organization that offers scholarships to high school students in rural areas and monitors legislative activities on rural issues. Throughout the 1990’s, he worked as a Salesman and Finance Manager at several area auto dealerships: Blaise Alexander Chevrolet, John Powell Chevrolet, Anchor Auto, Shirn’s and Breon. He was a life member of the Leroy O. Buck Post 7863 VFW and a member of the Saint Lawrence Catholic Church in South Williamsport.
Upon retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his family and attending countless sporting events with them. He founded "You Ride I Drive" limousine service. He was always an avid race fan. He was the Advertising Manager for the A.Y. Shilling race team at the Clinton County Raceway and a loyal Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan.
He was a fixture in the bleachers clutching his own personal stat chart for his grandsons’ Hepburn-Lycoming and Mill Creek Little League games, Williamsport and Montoursville baseball games and Montoursville football games. His "favorite" granddaughter always counted on him being first in line to see her dance recitals and watch her cheer under the Friday Night Lights.
He was a dedicated Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts fan and loved the New York Yankees, and anyone that was playing the Boston Red Sox.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Schmack; son, Stuart Schmack and spouse Laura, of Montoursville; daughter, Ann Marie Fullerton and spouse Ronald, of Williamsport; and four grandchildren, Matthew Fullerton, of Williamsport, Derek Schmack and fiance Sara Felden, of Pittsburgh, Joseph Fullerton, of Williamsport, and Kristin Choate and spouse Alex, of Bel Air, Md.; as well as nephew, Eric Schmack and spouse Wanda, of Jarratt, Va.; and step-mother, Margaret Schliebener, of Owego, N.Y.
Visitation will be held at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport, from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, with a memorial service to immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boys Town Nebraska at the web address: https://secure.boystown.org/