||GILES – Melvin Russell, 90, Sidman, passed away at home on September 21, 2020. Born April 4, 1930 in South Fork, son of George S. and Elizabeth A. (Pitchford) Giles. Preceded in death by parents; siblings, George Jr., Flora, and Mildred.
Survived by his loving wife Betty; children, Timothy (Elizabeth) Giles; Kimberly (James) Lashinsky; Melodi (Ronald) Madison; Rebecca (James) Ross; Jill (David) Deibert; grandchildren, Samuel (Liane) Giles-LeBlanc; Jake Giles; Daniel Giles; Benjamin (Vanessa) Giles; Amy (Joseph) Tokarsky; Scott (Kelly) Lashinsky, Kelly Madison; Kevin and Megan Ross, Lynsie and Sarah Deibert; and great-grandchildren, Luci Giles-LeBlanc; Toby, Colson, Logan, and Eli Tokarsky; Addison, Brielle, and Dane Lashinsky; and Isabella Giles.
He retired as a sales manager from Prudential in 1985 where he earned his CLU and LUTC. In his spare time, he built everything you could possibly imagine with wood and stained glass. He also built 8 houses for himself and his kids. He and his wife spent over 25 winters in the Florida Keys. He was a licensed pilot and member of the Johnstown Flying Club at the Cambria County Airport. One of his favorite memories was walking part of the Appalachian Trail with his son, Tim, in 2007. Every night before going to bed, he would tell his wife of 70 years that the best thing he ever did was marry her. He was a hard worker and a good man known for his quick wit and sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by his family.
Honoring his request there will be no visitation
There will be a private service to celebrate his life at a later date.
Arrangements & Obituary provided by Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc., South Fork. Newspaper date unknown.