George F Fenton

November 28, 1919 ~ September 27, 2018 (age 98)

George Frederic Fenton, Sr., 98, recently of Apollo, passed away peacefully in his home on September 27, 2018

Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1919, he was the son of John A. and Ethel L.May Fenton. He grew up, lived and worked in the Panama Canal Zone until 1947 when he was hired as an engineer by the Michael Baker Consulting and Engineering Firm. Four years later, he accepted a position with the United States Bureau of Public Roads (now the Federal Highway Administration) and ended his career in Washington, D.C. as the Chief of Land Acquisitions for the entire FHA. During his career, he had offices in Harrisburg, PA; Ames, IA; St. Paul, MN; Charleston, WV; as well as Washington, D.C.

Mr. Fenton was a 32nd degree Mason and served twice as Master of his lodge in Lexington, Virginia; he also served as a district officer for the state organization. He was a member and Past Worthy Patron of Steadfast Chapter of the Eastern Star in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to his Masonic affiliations, he was a proud alumna of Washington State University and was a member of the national Acacia Fraternity on that campus.

After his retirement, he and his wife, Ila, traveled extensively throughout the United States. He had many interests including photography, wood working, and stamp and coin collecting. He took great joy in his family and was supportive of all of their ventures. He also delighted in his dachshunds, Marta and Rusty, who were his constant companions.

Mr. Fenton was preceded in death by his wife, Ila L. Fenton, his parents, and his only sister, Marie Fenton Casstevens. He is survived by his three children, George F. “Ric” (Kathleen) Fenton, Jr., Ellen Fenton (Larry ) Rupert, and Kathleen Marie (Roger) Kronau. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, Cassandra R. (Matthew) Snedecor, Alyssa N. Fenton, Meaghen L. (Douglas) Neumann, Seth Fenton Rupert, Kathryn M. Kronau and Kimberly M. Kronau, and five great-grandchildren, Jackson R. Snedecor, Luke M. Snedecor, Max J. Snedecor, Helena M. Snedecor and Dean W. Neumann.

The family owes a debt of gratitude to his main caregiver, Rebecca Baker, and three other part-time caregivers, Darla Cuppy, Lori Rupert and Andrea Sinka. We are also indebted to Kindred Hospice who helped to care for him the last year and five months.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, October 1 in the Dunmire-Kerr & Rowe Funeral Home, Inc. 244 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift, A Masonic funeral service will follow immediately. There will be a private interment on Tuesday, October 2 at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence visit us at

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