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Harry F. Felton

November 12, 1943 ~ January 26, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old


Harry F. Felton, 79, of Martinsburg, PA passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, and friend.

He was born on November 12, 1943 in Breezewood, PA, a son of the late Foster W. and Maxine W. (Fletcher) Felton. He was united in marriage to Linda (Whisel) Felton on August 21, 1965.

Along with his wife of 57 years, Harry is survived by his son Derek (Julie) Felton and grandson Charles Horsely of Scottdale, PA, as well as his daughter Bethany (Jason) Mickel of Staunton, VA. Harry is also survived by his sister Jacalyn (Richard) Phillabaum of Latrobe, PA.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Carol Lockwood.

Harry completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees at West Chester University, then served in the U.S. Navy prior to his career as an educator and coach. He taught health and physical education at the Scranton Campus of Penn State University for 33 years before retiring in 2003.

He enjoyed kayaking, bicycling, and traveling with Linda. Early family vacations instilled a love of travel in Derek and Bethany, while retirement allowed extended trips with Linda to Florida, throughout the U.S., and abroad.

Harry eagerly assisted Bethany and Jason with multiple home improvement projects, and loved the Christmas season, reunions, and family gatherings. He was an avid reader of history and extensively researched his ancestry. Between 1995 and 2016, Harry and Derek hiked the entire Appalachian Trail with much logistical support from Linda. 

A supporter of his church and outdoor organizations, Harry was a steadfast volunteer: most recently with Trinity United Methodist Church in Roaring Spring, PA and the Mid State Trail Association. Although he loved stories of history, discovery, and comedy, Harry most enjoyed visiting historical places, experiencing adventure firsthand, and making others laugh. His stories have become family lore.

Harry devoted his life selflessly to his family, friends, community, and country. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service and celebration of Harry's life will be held on a later date. For those wishing to honor Harry, please consider a donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Arrangements by Akers Funeral Home, Inc., 299 Raystown Road, Everett, PA 15537.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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