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345 Main Street
Brookville, PA 15825
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Herbert "Neil" Silvis

Tuesday, December 4th, 1928 - Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
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Herbert Neil Silvis, 91, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the McKinley Health Center in Brookville, PA. He was born December 4, 1928, to the late Harry and Anna (Huckabone) Silvis in Greenwood, Forest County, PA. He attended three separate one room schoolhouses in Barnett Twp., in Forest County and graduated from Sigel High School in 1947. He married his sweetheart, Joycelyn Emerick on October 4, 1953, and after sixty-four years of marriage she survives him. They had one son, Rodney (Shelly) of Mechanicsburg, PA; two granddaughters; Kelly (Mike) Walker of Mechanicsburg, PA; Katie (Brendan) Rhoad of Springfield, VA; and two great-grandsons; Avery and Cameron Walker. While in high school he played on the school's first undefeated basketball team and District 9 championship team. After high school he went to work for United Natural Gas Co. (National Fuel) where he worked for forty-seven years as an equipment operator, welder, assistant foreman and a foreman of Western Transmission and the Knoxdale Field before retiring. He served as co-manager with John Bower in the Brookville Minor League, with Harold Larimer in Little League and Fred Clark in Teener League. He and Harold Larimer managed Brookville Glove to four championships and the Brookville All-Stars to an 8-1 record and the furthest any all-star team has gone in Brookville history. He also served as President of the Brookville Little League. He was active in the First United Methodist Church and is presently a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church, past member of the United Way and received the Man of the Year Award in 2000 from the Brookville Chamber of Commerce. He served twenty years on the Jefferson County Fair Board. He received the 2013 Outstanding Fair Ambassador Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge in Marienville, Coudersport Consistory and Erie Shrine Club. One of his proudest accomplishments was convincing Jerry Conners and the State Department of Transportation to install the by-pass between Rt. 322 and Rt. 28 at the east end of Brookville. He along with his wife, Joyce, were avid sports fans, especially of the Pirates and Steelers. They were both known to attend most Brookville High School football, and boys’ and girls’ basketball games and were honored as Super Fans. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Donna Motter of Clarington, Lois Chandler Ouellette of Marienville and June Kelly of Sigel, three brothers, Harry of Allegheny NY, Paul of Redclyffe, PA and Max of Marienville, PA. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at his parents' house every Sunday, enjoying the meals and singing hymns. Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 6, 2020, from 2 – 4pm and 6 – 8pm at the McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Brookville, PA, 15825. An additional viewing will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 10 - 11am at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 30 S. White Street, Brookville, PA 15825. A funeral service be held immediately following the viewing, beginning at 11:00am and officiated by Reverend Chuck Jack. Interment will take place at the Brookville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Evangelical United Methodist Church, or to the Jefferson County Fair, PO Box 213, Brockway PA, 15824, or to the Olive Temple Lodge, No. 557, Free and Accepted Masons, 1849 Route 36, Tionesta PA. Online condolences and other information may be found by visiting www.mckinneydargy.com
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home
    Address
    345 Main Street
    BROOKVILLE, PA 15825
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home
    Address
    345 Main Street
    BROOKVILLE, PA 15825
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  • Third Visitation

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Evangelical United Methodist Church
    Address
    30 White Street
    BROOKVILLE, PA 15825
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Evangelical United Methodist Church
    Address
    30 White Street
    BROOKVILLE, PA 15825
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  • Interment

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 |
    When
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020
    Location
    Brookville Cemetery
    Address
    BROOKVILLE, PA
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Dennis Kocher

Posted at 11:31pm
Rodney, my friend, I want to convey my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I also pray that your mom finds peace from her great loss. Your parents were always so good to me. Your father was a great man, and he was supported by a great wife. I wanted you to know that I have often thought about them over the years. I have many memories of the sleepovers at your house when we were young, and how gracious your parents were to me. God Bless you and your mom.
Denny Kocher
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David Glenn

Posted at 03:25pm
I knew Neil in a business atmosphere. I always found him to be courteous , generous, and a real genuine gentleman. My sincere sympathies to family and friends. David Glenn
 
RS

Rod Silvis Posted at 04:10pm

David Thank you for your kind words He really enjoyed working with you Rod
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Howard Milliron

Posted at 02:44pm
Norma and I extend our most heartfelt condolances to Joyce and Rodney in the loss of a loving husband and one-of-kind father.
I will always remember Neil's huge smile, warm sentiment, and genuine kindness. He was the template we all aspire too.
We wish Joyce wnd Rodney peace snd comfort at this very difficult time.
Rest in Peace, Neil.
 
RS

Rod Silvis Posted at 04:09pm

Howard. Thank you for very kind words and your description of my father. Rod
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Rick Grejda

Posted at 10:30am
Rod,
Very sorry for your loss. It's tough to lose a Dad, but cherish the fond memories. Best wishes to you & your family.
Rick Grejda & Family
 
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Rod Silvis Posted at 10:33am

Thanks rick. I blessed to have for this long. He had s great life and is now in a better place. Rod
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Carol Free

Posted at 08:53am
My father, Raymond Ackley, worked for Neil at National Fuel. My dad said that Neil was the best boss he ever had. When Dad passed away Neil and Joyce were there to remember him. Neil will be remembered by our family for his kindness to us in our time of sorrow and for the kindness he gave to my dad.

Carol Ackley Free
 
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Rod Silvis Posted at 10:32am

Carol. Thank you so much for those kind words My dad really admired your dad and appreciated his acceptance of him when he came to western transmission and for his knowledge. My dad had a great life and loved his work
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