Howard F. Thurman, 95, died Saturday, June 16th, at home in Pennswood Village. Born in Brooklyn New York, he lived in the Pennington area for 67 years.
Husband of the late Beverly P. Thurman, he is survived by three offspring and their spouses (two daughters and a son), Pamela T. and Geoffrey Hamby of Falls Church, VA, Paul M. and Donna M. Shantz of Indian, AK, Patricia T. and Anthony F. Cifelli of Hopewell Township, NJ, eight grandchildren; Katie L. Kaine of Fairfax, VA, Rachel L. Castle of Potomac, MD, Christopher M. Hamby of Alexandria, VA, Nicholas C. Hamby of Richmond, VA, Jennifer T. Waldron of Newport, WA, Rebecca D. Thurman of Denali National Park, AK, Peter A. Cifelli of Ringoes, NJ, Sara A. Cifelli of Southern Pines, NC, five great grandchildren; Haley Kaine, Spencer P. and Hailey M. Waldron, DJ and Cooper Castle, and a sister-in-law; Barbara P. Rockel of Pennington, NJ.
Howard was an Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm. He served in the US Army during World War II in the 57th Combat Engineers of the American Division in the Southwest Pacific and Japan. He was a 1950 graduate of the NY State College of Environmental Science and Forestry and was employed by the NJ State Department of Transportation for 34 years in the Bureau of Landscape Architecture. Howard was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pennington and later of the Yardley Friends Meeting.
Howard was an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. He was a swimming instructor for the Hopewell Valley YMCA and Red Cross for 40 years.
He was a member of the Selective Service System for Mercer County. He was a member of the Hopewell Township Board of Education and served on the Pennington Borough Board of Health for many years.
Howard was an honorary member of the Pleasant Valley Vigilante Association.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pennswood Village Residents Association – Staff Appreciation Fund. 1382 Newtown - Langhorne Rd, Newtown, PA 18940-2401. For condolences please go to blackwellmh.com.