Lyle E. Folk “Pete” | News, Sports, Jobs

Lyle E. “Pete” Folk, 82, of Galeton, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2022 at UPMC Williamsport Hospital. Born in Laurelton on March 11, 1940, he was the son of the late Bruce and the late Matilda Folk. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Anna and Linda. Pete is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Jean (née Cady); five children: Kelly (Mike) Fry, of Reading, Pennsylvania, Christa (Paul Reinhardt) Oister, of Douglassville, Pennsylvania, Janet Finch, of Mansfield, Pennsylvania, Chris (Randy) Doud, of Galeton, Pennsylvania, and Tom (Adrienne) Raymer, of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Pete received a BS in secondary education from Mansfield State College in 1962 and taught English at Mifflinburg High School from 1962 to 1964. He then accepted a position with the Boy Scouts of America, where his roles included Shamokin District Executive and Summer Council Director. Camp. In 1967 he became a counselor at the Pa. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, where he remained until his retirement in 2011. Pete was a tireless volunteer with many civic organizations throughout his life and has received numerous awards and distinctions for his commitment and service to the Galeton Community. He was a Rotarian from 1970 until his death, serving in various capacities including club president and assistant district governor. He received honors for his work with the Galeton Chamber of Commerce and the Gale Hose Ambulance Assoc., where he served for several years as a driver and EMT. Additionally, he has volunteered for the Potter County Handicapped Employment Committee, Potter County Board of Health, Potter County Easter Seals, Galeton Community Health Care Corp., Weekend Contest -end of White Water and the Pa. Lumber Museum. He was also a member of Galeton Presbyterian Church, serving on various committees over the years. He and Jean were permanent volunteers at the Woodsmen’s Show and the Bark Peeler’s Festival, and could always be found planting or watering flowers in the community flower boxes. Additionally, they had an antique business for nearly 40 years, becoming local experts in antique furniture, books, and glassware. Pete was an enthusiastic storyteller who enjoyed making people laugh. Often he would laugh as he told a favorite joke or story, reveling in the humor with each tale. He was never short of a plausible answer to a question, whether he really knew the answer or not, and he could enrich any situation with a relevant anecdote. Pete made friends everywhere he went and people always remembered him and he remembered them. Often on travels he would run into people he had met and befriended on his previous travels. He was an animal lover and gave countless cats safe and happy homes. Pete has helped countless people throughout his life, and he will be sadly missed by his family, friends and community. There will be a funeral service and friends are invited to pay their respects at West Hill Cemetery in Galeton on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 12 p.m. with Reverend Sherry Elliott officiating. Due to Covid there will be no reception line and social distancing will be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Galeton Rotary Club. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton.

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