A funeral service will be held Thursday for Daniel “Dan” J. Auchter of 599 Fullingmill Road, Jefferson Township (Mercer). He passed away Friday afternoon (2-7-14) in St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown. He was 73.
Mr. Auchter was born July 16, 1940, in Sharon to Burdell W. and Rebecca A. Alexander Auchter.
He was a 1958 graduate of Sharpsville High School and had served in the Navy as an electrician aboard the U.S.S. Glennon from 1963 to 1965.
Mr. Auchter had been employed for more than 40 years as a signalman with Conrail at the Greenville Depot, retiring in 2002.
On Sept. 15, 1969, Dan became a member of Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 276, Greenville, and became immediately active, rising to the position of lodge governor in 1976. He served as lodge administrator from 1985 to 1993 and again from 1998 to 2003. Recently, Dan served another term as lodge governor in 2012 and was currently serving as a junior past governor.
He was a member of the Moose 25 Club-50 Division with 65 sponsor credits.
During his 44 years of service to the club, he served as a committee chairman for various lodge committees and remained active his entire Moose career. Dan attended many Moose International conventions and had supported the Pennsylvania Moose Association as a delegate to its state conventions, mid-year conferences and district meetings.
He served as a district officer for several years in the 1980s. He was a life member of Shenango Valley Moose Legion 88, joining in 1975 and serving as president of the Legion during the 1987-88 term. Dan could often be seen working in the lodge and assisting at many lodge functions and social events.
He was an avid bowler and golfer and had served as secretary of the Moose bowling league for several decades. He was a member of the Moose dart team and, for several years, was instrumental in getting the lodge involved in local dart leagues.
In recognition for his many years of service to the fraternity, Brother Auchter was presented the Fellowship Degree of Honor in 1980. In 2001, he was awarded the highest degree of the fraternity, the Pilgrim Degree of Merit. A portrait of Dan hangs in the lodge as a tribute to his many years of service and dedication to the fraternity that he loved so well.
Dan was a member of American Legion Post 140, Greenville; and the Western Pennsylvania Dart Association.
His other interests included hunting, camping, gardening, cooking and spending time with family. He was a true animal lover, and especially loved his three cats.
His wife, the former Cherie M. Swartzbeck, whom he married Aug. 11, 1967, passed away Feb. 24, 2006.
Surviving are two daughters, Denise Emmett and her husband Thomas; and Melissa Strausser and her husband Larry, all Greenville; a brother, Thomas Auchter, Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Larry M. Strausser II, Daniel P. Strausser and his wife Monica, Deanna R. Pettigrew and Katelyn A. Pettigrew; and three great-grandchildren, Jacob Strausser, Samantha Strausser and Katelyna Strausser.
Besides his wife, Dan was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Paul E. Dufford; and a grandson, Paul E. Tarary.
Memorial contributions may be made to Strayhaven Animal Shelter, 94 Donation Road, Greenville, PA 16125.1x, 2-10, Loutzenhiser-Jordan, call 588-5800
Daniel “Dan” J., 73, of 599 Fullingmill Road, Jefferson Township.
Calling hours: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (2-12-14) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES Inc., 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville, with a Pilgrim Service of Tribute at its conclusion by Greenville Moose officers. Visitors may sign the online guestbook and view a video tribute at www.loutzenhiser-jordanfuneralhome.com
Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday (2-13-14) in the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. David A. Dobi, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, officiating.
Interment: With committal and military honors in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.