Jarvie J. Watterson, 64, Karns City, formerly of Homer City, passed away on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Butler.
He was born May 12, 1948, in Indiana, and was preceded in death by his parents, Frank D. and Helen (Myers) Watterson.
Jarvie was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and served as a telecommunications specialist in the Panama Canal Zone. Jarvie was honorably discharged in May 1970 and he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for his service.
Jarvie had several jobs, but worked primarily in route sales and as a truck driver. Over the years, Jarvie worked for Dell Farm Grocery; McCreary Tire Co.; S.W. Jack Drilling; Mister Donut; Long Airdox; the Homer City Generating Station; and Electro-Mec, amongst a few other companies. He owned and operated the Bresler’s 33 Flavors Ice Cream Shop in the Indiana Mall from 1984 through 1986 and was an owner/operator of an express trucking delivery service.
Jarvie is survived by his wife, the former Rosemary McElroy, of Karns City, and his children: Chief Warrant Officer Four (U.S. Army) Matthew J. Watterson Sr. and wife Cynthia (Sergeant 1st Class, U.S. Army retired), of Ithaca, N.Y., and their children Christopher, Shemaira and Matthew Jr.; Dr. Lucas C. Watterson and wife Amy (Dr.), of Morgantown, W.Va., and their children Alissa and Lydia; Heidi D. Watterson (R.N.) and her son Sebastian, of Pittsburgh; stepson Jess D. McElroy (Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force retired) and Lanita Jowers, of Merkel, Texas. Jarvie is also survived by his sister Amy W. Lingenfelter and her husband Duane Lingenfelter, of Allen, Texas, and by Karen C. (Ober) Trost (mother of Matthew, Lucas, and Heidi) and her husband John Trost, of Erie.
Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home in Homer City, and from noon to 3 p.m. Friday. A memorial service will be held following visitation at 3 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
A private ceremony for family will be held later. Jarvie will be placed to rest with his parents at Greenwood Cemetery, in Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests charitable donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Inpatient Hospice of Butler County.