Paul Lester Neyhart, 93, of the Williamsport Home, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Susquehanna UPMC, Williamsport. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marion (Fleckenstein) Neyhart.
He was born in Allentown on Sept. 30, 1924. He was a son of Albert Eugene and Elizabeth Rose (Burkholder) Neyhart.
He attended Webster Elementary School, Stevens Middle School, and graduated from Williamsport High School, class of 1942. While in high school, Paul enrolled in Williamsport Technical Institute’s evening electronics school, receiving his FCC 2ndclass radio operator license in November 1942. He joined the U.S. Merchant Marines in December 1942 and shipped out on an oil tanker the same month, being allowed waivers for most of his papers due to the shortage of radio operators. In April 1943, Paul was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Maritime Service. He sailed the Atlantic and the Mediterranean throughout World War II. After the war, he continued working as a radio officer with Bethlehem Steel until January 1948.
Paul received his undergraduate degree in engineering from Penn State University in 1955. He then taught at the university while pursuing graduate studies. He worked in the defense industry until 1970 when he joined RCA in Marlboro, Mass. He would retire from Westinghouse in 1989.
Paul and his wife invested in a number of businesses during their marriage: The Avalon Tavern in Geneva, Ohio, Best Beach Campground on the Loyalsock Creek, the Hepburn Apartments and P.E.G. Video in Williamsport. The couple also enjoyed renovating Victorian homes, especially the 25-room Frank Furness House in Riverton, N.J., where they raised their five children for over a decade.
He was a communicant of St. Boniface Catholic Church.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Jaculin McCallum (David), of Windham, Maine and Susan Zimmerman (Barry), of Bolivia, N.C.; three sons, Paul Neyhart (Maureen), of Quakertown, Timothy Neyhart (Teresa), of Hadley, Mass., and Thomas Neyhart (Leslie), of Daphne, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Tyler, Nicole, Christina, Denise, Kenneth, Christopher, and Aubree; five great-grandchildren, Colin, Declan, Emma, Gavin, and Kennedy; and siblings, Lawrence Neyhart, of New Jersey and Elizabeth Jackson, of Georgia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five siblings, Eugene, Richard, and Donald Neyhart, Roberta Bennett and Eleanor Frank.
A funeral service to honor Paul’s life will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport, with Fr. James Tracy, officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be private at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be made to Susquehanna Health Foundation, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.