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Elwood L. Ierley Sr.


Elwood L. Ierley Sr., 96, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, February 16, 2017, in his hometown of Middletown, Pa.

He was born on June 6, 1920 in Middletown and was the son of the late George and Annie (Leggore) Ierley.

He was of the Methodist faith; and was a member of American Legion Post 594 and VFW Post 1620, both of Middletown. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Elwood graduated from Middletown High School, class of 1938.

In addition to his parents, Elwood was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Elsie (Green) Ierley, a son Elwood L. Ierley Jr., and six siblings.
He is survived by his daughter Joyce E. Zayakosky and her husband Mike of Delaware; five grandchildren Jason Zayakosky, Kelly Mills, Chris Ierley, Daniel Ierley, and Valerie Ierley; six great-grandchildren; and his companion of 17 years, Shirley Hanshue.

A tribute to his life will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 12 p.m. at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, with the Rev. Richard Creamer officiating. Viewing will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be held in Middletown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Elwood's name may be made to an animal society or military charity of your choice.

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