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Gerald R. Mock

Mock, Gerald R., 92, of Windber. Passed away May 8, 2020. Born November 30, 1927 in Windber.  Son of the late Park and Arminta (Naugle) Mock. Preceded in death by wife of 61 years, former Dorothy J. Zimmerman; brother David, sisters Bernice and Lucille; and grandchildren: Brandon and Keith Mock and Jennifer Barefoot. Survived by children, Eloise (David) Romano, Windber; Cameron (Mary Scarpino) Davidsville; Brenda (Arthur) Barefoot, Alum Bank; Sandra (Doug) Will, Sarver; Sherry (Bill) Fortier, Ashburn, VA; grandchildren, Ryan (Mallory) Romano; Chelsea (Donovan) Pepley; Marley (Brett) Oswalt; Kevin (Christy) Mock; Eric Mock; Emery (Alyshia) Mock;  Joseph Barefoot;  Zachary (Danielle) Will;  Laura Will; Jeffrey Will; Bryan Fortier and Jenna Fortier, great grandchildren: Marina and Emerson Romano, Bryce and Shelby Mock. Graduate of Windber Area HS class of 1945 and Stonier Graduate School of Banking in Rutgers, N.J. Gerald served his Country in the Army as a sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1952. He returned to an extensive banking career from teller, loan officer, manager, and CEO of US National Bank and USBANCORP until 1988.  A life member of Mt. Zion Lutheran, now Good Shepherd Lutheran Church having served as a teacher, choir and council member. Served as Past President of: Somerset Co. Bankers, Windber Business Men, Windber and Johnstown Rotary Clubs, Johnstown Chamber of Commerce, Greater Johnstown Committee, Enterprise Venture Capital, Regional Chapter of Retired Executives (SCORE). Served on Boards for:  Three Rivers Bank, Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), Economic Dev. Corp, Windber Community Dev., Charter Member and Dir. Emeritus Windber Hospital, Church of the Brethren Home, Mt. Aloysius Jr. College, SW PA Heritage Preservation Commission, Johnstown Vo-Tech Building Authority –Treas., Windber Municipal Authority-V. Chair; Somerset Co. Heritage and Historic Preservation, Allegheny Ridge State Heritage Park, Evangelical Lutheran Region 8 Mission Center -Treas., Penn’s Woods Council, Boy Scouts- Treas., Allegheny Lutheran Home, Life Campaign - Chair and Treas., Indian Lake Service-VP;  Somerset Co. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Implementation Team for Windber Consolidated Lutheran Churches, and Capital Campaign Chair for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Co-founder of Spuds of Faith Potato Project, Somerset Co. Thrivent Financial for Lutheran, supplying nine food pantries. Established a Cemetery Trust to provide for continued maintenance of the 1909 Church Cemetery. Led a group to obtain auto bridge over Rt. 56.  Inducted Windber Hall of Fame, 1984 and received SBA Advocate Award for Financial Services, 1985.  Member of National American Legion and Windber Post #137. Private family viewing and services with Pastor Ruth Kocha Jensen, officiating.  Private interment at Richland Cemetery with military rites. Family suggests donations to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 514 Shady Lane, Windber, PA 15963 in memory of Gerald. Family is being served by Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. (Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com)


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Dear Mock family, please accept the sincere sympathy of the entire committee of the Spuds of Faith Potato Project as we fondly remember Geralds tireless efforts to get that project started in 2007. He continued with financial support and helping the day of the project for many years. He would be proud to know that over 45 tons of potatoes have been donated to the Somerset County food pantries in the last 13 years.

Becky Minnich, Chairperson May 15 2020 12:00 AM

Eloise and Family. You haveour deepest sympathies in the loss of your Dad, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa. You will be in our prayers at this difficult time. Having gone through this not too long ago, I know your faith will give you not only strength but also peace knowing your loved one is with God. Blessing to you all, Lynne & Bill Williams

Lynne Williams May 12 2020 12:00 AM

Tomm and I send our deepest condolences to all of you. Gerald was a wonderful man and many don't know how many times he helped people that needed his help. I experienced it first hand. God Bless you all. RIP dear brother.

Beverly Chapman May 11 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful and kind man who proudly headed a wonderful loving family. My prayers are with you.

Ernie Vickroy May 11 2020 12:00 AM

I have grown up with all of you and our parents were great friends. Please know that you have my deepest sympathy, Gerald will be greatly missed. God bless you all and give you peace!

Debbie Shoemaker May 9 2020 12:00 AM