Harold L. Hetrick, 74, of Grand Valley, PA, died after a courageous battle with cancer on October 28, 2022 in his home, surrounded by his children and close loved ones.
Harold was born in Spring Creek, PA on January 11, 1948, to the late Irvine and Juanita (Morton) Hetrick Vanderhoof. He was a graduate of Youngsville High School. Harold married the late Susan Marie Motter-Hetrick on October 11, 1974 in Pleasantville PA, with a 34 year marriage and his recent companion is Evelyn Carney from Ohio. He was drafted to serve in the US Army during the Vietnam War, serving a grueling 19 months, with an honorable discharge as a Buck Sergeant. He was awarded several medals, along with a prestigious Bronze Star for his valor and courage. He was primarily employed by Cytemp Steel Company in Titusville, PA and National Forge in Youngsville PA. He also ran his own mechanic/autobody business in Grand Valley, PA most of his life. He was known for: his untouchable mechanical/autobody abilities, his smile, being witty with a sense of humor and an avid love for cars/racing. He enjoyed time with his family, grandchildren and restoring classic cars.
Harold is survived by his three children, Heather Hetrick-Jenckes of Harrisburg, NC., Carrie Hetrick-Mangione and her husband, Joseph, of Warren PA and Craig Hetrick and his companion, Sparkie Lyszaz, of Tidioute PA; his grandchildren, Madeline Hetrick, Matthew Ristau, Domenic Mangione and Sofia Mangione; his siblings, David Hetrick, Nancy Gibson, Judy Wright, Cheryl Hetrick, Charlene Dunnewold and Carla Fisher and his beloved cat, Tramp-e.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Hetrick, his granddaughter, Trisha Watson, his siblings, Mary Miller, Karen Sherwood, Leonard Hetrick, Gale Hetrick and Carol Huff.
No formal visiting hours or services will be held. On Saturday, November 5th, 2022- A Military Honors Ceremony will be at the Grand Valley VFD at noon, followed by an informal luncheon and celebration of life. All are welcome to come and share positive memories.
Many memorial contributions are asked to be made to Disabled Veterans Chapter 75, 210 N. Drive, Room 109, Warren, Pa 16365.
The Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Youngsville, have been entrusted with all arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.