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Kenneth Tarr


Kenneth Tarr 7-31 webHe was born on March 4, 1953 in Renovo and was the son of the late Kenneth G. Tarr and Patricia J. Scrimshaw Wagner.

He was president of his 1971 graduating class from Bucktail Area High School and was a 1976 graduate of Lock Haven University with a cum laude in physics.

After graduation Ken was employed by the Hope Creek Nuclear Power Plant in New Jersey. He returned to Renovo and worked in Quality Control for the Berwick Forge and Fabricating Plant and then ChemCon. He then went to Harrisburg and worked as a computer contractor for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Revenue. Most recently Ken was a full-time employee with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue as an Applications Developer in Harrisburg. Ken was a member of Elks Lodge 334 and is a Past Exalted Ruler. He was a former Renovo Borough Councilman and a representative on the Keystone Central School Board.

Whether he was playing cards, horseshoes, shooting pool, hunting or hanging out at Camp Little Late, sharing his musical talents with Whiskey Springs or traveling with his college orchestra, Ken was loved by all who knew him. He liked puzzles and finding the best way to solve them. Ken’s life was full of music, books and complicated calculations, big words, trivial facts and a wicked joyful sense of humor. He had a big shoulder to lean on, a smile with a twinkle in his eye, and a unique ability to make each encounter memorable, simply because he was there. He truly enjoyed the time he spent with his family and many friends. Our lives are infinitely enriched because he shared his with us.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Karen and Bob Sonntag of Williamsport; brother Kevin Tarr of Middletown; stepchildren Richard Davenport of Renovo, Robbin (Lynn) Davenport of Minot, N.D., Roland (Robin) Davenport of North Bend, and Jann Morton of Johnstown; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; numerous cousins; and his uncle John Scrimshaw of New Mexico.

Burial will be in North Bend Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Renovo Public Library, Western Clinton Sportsman’s Association, and Elk Lodge #334.

Arrangements by the Dean K. Wetzler Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, Pa.

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