- Funeral services for Retired Col. Harold E. “Hal” Mortimore, 76, of 122 Emerson Drive, Carlisle, will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle.
Colonel Mortimore died Sunday, February 20, 2000 in the Church of God Home, North Middleton Township.
Born May 23, 1923 in Connellsville, he was a son of the late John D. and Margaret Wilson Mortimore and the widower of Sara H. DeBolt Mortimore, who died December 13, 1999. He was a graduate of Connellsville High School and Duquesne University.
A 28-year veteran of the U.S. Army, he received the Purple Heart during World War II and served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He also was awarded numerous medals and honors during his Army career. Before retiring to Carlisle in 1976, he was a community commander in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. He also was an ROTC instructor at Purdue University.
A former South Middleton Township supervisor, he was a past president of the Carlisle Exchange Club, a former member of the Carlisle Elks Lodge and Carlindian Chorus, and he participated in several Carlisle Hospital Follies. He was also a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Carlisle, and St. John's Commandery Knights Templar of Cranston, Rhode Island. He enjoyed traveling the world, playing golf, and was an amateur artist and clockmaker.
Colonel Mortimore is survived by a son, Randal E. of Carlisle; a daughter, Leslyn I. Radomsky of State College; two brothers, Donald of San Angelo, Texas and Dwayne of Latrobe; a sister, Dorothy Webber of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The Rev. Dr. Marlin L. Snider will officiate at services.
Burial with full military honors will be held at the convenience of the family in ArlingtonNational Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 55 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109.
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