Thomas Lawhead

Thomas Lawhead

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Obituary

Thomas L. Lawhead, 82, of Windy Hill Village P.S.L., and formerly of (South) Philipsburg, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born September 16, 1937 in Hyde, he was a son of the late Thomas F. & Jennifer (Stiver) Lawhead. Thomas was a 1958 graduate of Clearfield High School and was a machinist at the former General Cigar for many years. He later worked at Tri Bio Labs in State College. Thomas served in the US Army from 1961 to 1967 and was active during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, walking to town with his grandchildren and was an avid Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler football fan. On October 21, 1961 at the First Baptist Church in Philipsburg, he married the former Carol Snyder, who preceded him in death on August 14, 2012. He was also preceded in death by a brother Richard Lawhead. Thomas will be deeply missed by two daughters Tina Butterworth and her husband Brian of Philipsburg and Lisa Brooks and her husband William of Osceola Mills; a sister Pearl Marie Squires and her husband John of Lorraine, OH; five grandchildren Justin, Evan and Logan Butterworth and Erika and Alyssa Brooks; two great grandchildren Colby and Cooper Butterworth, a great grandchild expected in May; and a step great grandson Braxton Harsomchuck. Friends will be received at the Dahlgren-Spewock Funeral Home, Inc., 228 N. Centre St. Philipsburg, on Wednesday, January 8 from 4pm to 6pm. Military honors will be provided by the Moshannon Valley Independent Honor Guard at 4:15pm. Following the visitation, there will be a light luncheon in the Community Room of Windy Hill Village, South building. Thomas will be laid to rest next to his wife at Crown Crest Memorial Park in Hyde. Memorial contributions in Thomas’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or to Hope Fire Co.#2, 400 N. Front St., Philipsburg, PA 16866. Online condolences to the family can be made at www.dahlgren-spewock.com
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Dahlgren-Spewock Funeral Home, Inc.
    Address
    228 N. Centre St.
    Philipsburg, PA 16866
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Military honors will be at 4:15pm

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Justin Butterworth

Posted at 11:20pm
From as far back as my memory goes, I can recall my Pap always walking with me, or on occasion running after me. Through the streets of his South Philipsburg neighborhood, often stopping at the Chalet Park playground, we would put our feet on the ground and just go. Around the age of 3 or 4 the tricycle came out, followed by the Power Wheels Jeep, and then only Pap was walking because I was cruising in style. It was a very frequent occurrence to see the two of us walking from his house to my parents house near Pleasant Hill. If I would get tired, he would keep going, with me riding shotgun on his shoulders. I vividly remember visits to my Great-Grandmother Snyder over at Mountain Laurel in Clearfield. I woukd be perched on his shoulders, guiding him through the nursing home to her room (or the vending machines) by pulling on his hair like reigns on a horse. On occasion, a walk from Mountain Laurel, through the cornfields, to the back entrance of the Clearfield mall to get some rainbow ice cream from Dipper Dan’s was all I needed to make my night. Pap also gave me my first driving lesson, or rather lessons, starting around the age of 5. I would perch myself on his lap in his 1980-something AMC Eagle and drive the two mile trip home. I didn’t have the first clue on how to work the pedals, but I quickly became an expert steerer. These are some of my first and fondest memories of my Pap. He truly loved being a grandfather, and I was lucky to probably benefit the most from that, being the first of five grandchildren. The love of being a grandfather also carried over to being a great-grandfather to Colby, Cooper and Braxton. While these are far from all of my memories, they are some of the very first ones. I’m gonna miss you Pap. Rest easy and say hello to Gram for me.

Love you,

Justin
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