Samuel R. Quay91, WWII Marine, freight conductor

By on May 23, 2012

Samuel Russell Quay, 91, formerly of Altoona, died Monday, May 21, 2012 at the United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz.

He was born April 6, 1921 in Mifflin, a son of the late Albert and Hattie Watts. He married the late Luella Merritt on June 27, 1942 at First Methodist Church, Juniata, by the Rev. Herbert W. Glasgow.

Russell was a freight conductor on the Middle Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad for 43 years, retiring in 1981. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II in Japan. Russell was a member of the Juniata First Methodist Church in Altoona where he had been a lay leader and a member of the choir. He was a member of the American Legion Post 745 and Juniata VFW. Russell enjoyed bowling, watching sports, reading and crossword puzzles. He was a graduate of the 1939 class of Juniata Joint High School in Mifflintown .

He is survived by three children: Samuel R. Jr., husband of Sandy Quay, of Altoona; Sharon L., husband of Joseph McCartney, of Pittsburgh; and Sally A. Forsht, wife of Alfred Cromer, of Lititz; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc. on May 24 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 North Fourth St., Altoona, PA 16601 in memory of Samuel R. and Luella Quay, or the United Zion Retirement Home, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543.

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