Earl Luther

February 1, 1929 ~ July 12, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old


 Earl  Luther, 94, of  Cabot passed away on  July 12, 2023 at the Concordia Lutheran Ministries. 
 Born February 1, 1929 in Ebensburg, PA,  was the son of Augustine J. Luther  and Gertrude M. Sloey Luther.
Earl served in the US Navy in the Reserves from 1947-1950 and served active duty from 1952-1952 aboard the USS Tarawa.
 Earl had worked as a men's clothing salesman for Thompson's Men Shop for over 30 years.  He owned his own shop Carrolltown Clothing in Carrolltown then moved on to manage the men's department at Hess's in Johnstown until his retirement.  

Earl was a lifelong member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Ebensburg, where he sang in the Men's Choir and helped coordinate the annual festival.  He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, including serving as Grand Knight.  He was a faithful volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul store.   Earl served on the Ebensburg Borough Council for over 35 years and was a dedicated member of the American Legion Post #363 in Ebensburg.

Earl enjoyed tying flies and fly fishing, especially at Fisherman's Paradise and Kettle Creek and had memorable trip to Green River in Utah with his grandsons.  He shared an annual vacation to Cape May, NJ with his family.

Earl loved music and after leaving the Men's Choir and moving to Concordia, he participated in both Christmas and Easter Cantatas at the facility and organized many evening sing-a-longs.  He enjoyed playing his harmonica and often played for residents at the personal care facility.  After retirement, he enjoyed oil painting and painted hundreds of works that he gifted to family and friends.  

In 2021-2022, he wrote a book "Stories of My Life" about his memories of growing up in Ebensburg.  He also wrote poetry and regularly shared his works with others.  

Earl had an interest in genealogy and an interest in family history.  It was confirmed by the Lutheriden Association of Germany, that  he was a direct descendant of Martin Luther.

 Surviving are his daughters, Earlene (Michael) Colella of Indiana, PA and  Margaret A. (Dan) Mourer of Chicora, PA, his brother, Milton Ronald Luther of Mentor, PA, 4 grandchildren, Jesse and Ben Mourer and Amy Colella and Emily (Colella) Deighan, 4 great-grandchildren Arthur and Henry Mourer, and Scarlett and Patrick Deighan.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 68 years, Marge Boruch Luther, an infant son Earl, Jr.,  two brothers Paul and Leo, and his sisters Gerry Wilke and Rose Matrenec.

A memorial service will be held at the Chicora United Methodist Church, Sunday July 23rd at 2 in the afternoon, light refreshments will follow in the downstairs social hall. And a funeral mass will be conducted at Holy Name Catholic Church, Ebensburg, PA on Friday July 28 at 11:00am. Condolences can be offered prior to service from 10 until 11 in the church's narthex. Internment will follow at Holy Name Mausoleum.
 Memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. 

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