John W. ‘Winston’ Harpster | News, Sports, Jobs

John W. “Winston” Harpster, 80, Crystal River, Fla., Passed away peacefully in Tyrone on Friday.

He was born Oct. 23, 1941, in Warriors Mark, son of the late Robert L. and Juliet Gray (Ellenberger) Harpster.

Surviving are his companion and longtime friend, Helen Harpster of Tyrone; his brother, R. Wayne Harpster and his wife, Marjorie, of Spruce Creek; his sister, Glenda Lee (Harpster) Shearer of Lock Haven and her companion, Jim Maguire; his sister-in-law, Donna Preskitt of Julian; his four children and their spouses and companions: John Jr. and Bobbi Harpster of Philipsburg, Jody (Harpster) and Michael Czap of York, Robert and Melissa Harpster of Naples, Fla., and Douglas Harpster of Philipsburg; eight grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Janet D. Harpster of Naples, Fla.

Winston was proceeded in death by his parents; a brother, Wesley Harpster; a sister, Joanne (Harpster) Nearhoof and her husband, John Nearhoof; a sister, Virginia Gray Harpster; and a granddaughter, Taylor Ann Harpster.

During his early years, they spent time learning farm operations on the family farm in Pennsylvania Furnace. Later in his teens, he followed in his father’s footsteps, learning the car business at his Chevrolet dealership in Warriors Mark. Not long after, he moved to Philipsburg to manage an additional location there for his father. After a few years, he purchased that location and became the owner of Chevrolet Harpster Inc. As additional manufacturers were represented, the business name became Harpster of Philipsburg Inc.

Winston was a 1959 graduate of Tyrone High School. He was the first president of the Moshannon Valley YMCA and had the good fortune of hiring William “Keno” Beezer. He was also president emeritus of the Ancient Gastronomic Order of Rattling Reptiles, a member of the former Philipsburg Rotary, a life member of the ELKS Lodge BPOE 1173 and a former member of the Crystal River Rotary.

He was a wonderful father who loved spending time with his family. He made many friends through his years in the car business. He liked to travel and saw much of the world. He especially enjoyed his retired years of wintering in Crystal River, Fla. He enjoyed many sports and outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, boating and golfing. He was a truly fun and interesting person and will be missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know him.

There will be no service or visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Taylor Harpster T-Harp Memorial Scholarship Fund would be greatly appreciated. Contributions by check made payable to Clearfield County Charitable Foundation with T-Harp Scholarship Fund noted on the memo line and sent to CCCF, PO Box 1442, Clearfield, PA 16830, or online donations may be made at clearfieldcharitable by clicking on “Make a Donation to a Scholarship Fund,” then scroll down and click the blue button, “Donate to Taylor Harpster T-Harp Memorial Scholarship Fund.”

Arrangements are by Bruce E. Cox Funeral Home, Warriors Mark.


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