LeVern L. “Barney” Erich

levern-erichLeVern L. “Barney” Erich, 99, and in this past July began his 100th year of life, of 1598 Rosely Road, St. Marys, entered into eternal rest surrounded by loving children and friend on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Penn Highlands Elk, after a brief illness.

He was born July 11, 1917, in St. Marys, son of the late Louis and Molly Schaberl Erich.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Catholic Schools.

Barney began his working career as an employee of the St. Marys Tannery for three years.  He then worked at the St. Marys Brewery in the bottle house for three months and then at Speer Carbon in Plant Three for three months.  He later went to work at Stackpole, working in the finish department.  Barney was also an employee of the highway department and for the Federal Housing Project in Buffalo, NY for eight months.  He was also a co-owner of the former Elk Building Materials and St. Marys Clay Products.

After the war, Barney formed Erich Brothers and bought lots and built houses for the soldiers coming home.  They stick built homes until 1960 and then bought the brick yard on State Road and started St. Marys Precision Homes.  He bought Bunker Hill and started Erich Development, where 123 houses were built.

In 1942, Barney bought his farm on Rosely Road, which he still farmed along with the farm on Eschbach Road, which houses the Black Angus cows he has raised for many years.

He was a member of the Queen of the World Church.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and he loved spending time at his camp.

On March 4, 1935, in the St. Mary’s Church, he married Marie O’Dell, who preceded him in death on April 7, 1977.

Barney is survived by four daughters, Helen “Tubby” Rhines, JoAnn Dippold, Donna Roseberry, and Linda Mohr and her husband Bill, all of St. Marys; two sons, Vern “Oats” Erich and his wife Jen and Blaze Bauer and his wife Marilyn, both of St. Marys; 21 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 6 step great grandchildren; and 17 great, great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his loving dog and man’s best friend, Pix.

In addition to his wife and parents, Barney was preceded in death by his longtime companion, Ruth “Toots” Nero, on November 30, 2013; his very special friend, Mary Bauer, on September 7, 2016; three sons-in-law, Robert Rhines, Richard “Dick” Dippold, and Herbert Roseberry; two grandchildren, Tammy Erich Fiedler and Scott Bauer; one great grandson, Dustin Fiedler; two sisters, Rose Marie Kerner and Ruth Erich; and by three brothers, Earl, Alfred, and Louis Erich.  He was the last member of his immediate family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA  15857; the Hahne Regional Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Avenue, DuBois, PA  15801; or to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Bob and Patty Carnes October 30, 2016 at 8:18 pm

You sure will be missed by all your family and a lot of friends. R.I.P. Barney

Paul and Jodi Fleming October 31, 2016 at 9:12 am

Oats and Jenn, Barn will be greatly missed! We will pray for you guys and the whole family! The obituary that was written for Barney was awesome!

Jim and Laura DeLullo & Family October 31, 2016 at 10:23 am

With sympathy & for God’s peace and comfort.

Todd Anderson October 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm

My sincere condolences to Oats and the entire family. Barney was a good man.

Joe Morgan October 31, 2016 at 5:24 pm

Barney and I worked together for many years and I don’t think I enjoyed bantering with anybody as much as with Barney. He taught me a lot, especially about warmth and generosity. I’ll always remember the time he took Pete Straub and me to his camp and fishing. What a great guy! My condolences to Oats, Helen and the rest of the family. Your Dad, Grandfather, etc. was surely one of a kind.

Chuck McClain November 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

My condolences to Barney’s family.
In the summer of 1955, at 17, I went to work for Barney. After finishing high school I want back to work for him. I worked for a while then left to try something that didn’t work out. I went back to Barney, he said, I have no problem with you Chuck, you can come back. I remember borrowing money between paydays and when I paid him back he looked at me and said, “You may borrow again”. There were company picnics at the farm, fun and games as well as lots to eat. I’ll always remember Barney Erich being kind and generous, he gave me a start that enabled me to support my family in a lifetime construction career, for that I will always be grateful.

John and Brenda Maloney November 1, 2016 at 8:13 pm

So sorry for your loss. We are sure your pain will be eased by a lifetime of loving memories of your father.

Gary and Susie Dauber November 2, 2016 at 9:39 am

How fortunate you all were to have Barney until he was 99! I am sure he will be missed by all. My condolences to all of his family.

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