We're humbled by folks who love our newspaper

Folks who only read the limited Pennsylvania Outdoor News information online and don't subscribe to the newspaper miss a lot.

Many readers have an uncommon devotion to the publication. I heard a story recently that brought tears to my eyes. I want to share it with you.

But first, I want to offer my deepest sympathies to the family of William Schlemmer, of North Huntingdon, Pa., who passed away July 14 at the age of 67.

Born in Punxsutawney, he hunted and fished all his life. Bill retired with more than 40 years’ service from Penn State Tool and Die. His beloved wife, Julie, died in 1999. He is survived by a brother, sister, two daughters and their husbands, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Bill’s family reports that he read Pennsylvania Outdoor News religiously. In fact, they noted, he passed the day his new issue arrived and he did not get a chance to read it.

At the viewing, his casket was clad in full Mossy Oak camouflage. At his side was his fishing pole and a sign, “Gone Fishing.” On display with the rod was that issue.

His daughter, Barb, said, he would not want to miss it, and it had an article about his favorite stream, Mahoning Creek, that flows through Punxsutawney, Pa.. She said he’d be pleased.

And beside his head was his favorite – a camo Pennsylvania Outdoor News cap.

For days, I have wracked my brain trying to think of something clever and compelling to say about this. But all I can think of is that we are humbled by his loyalty and we’ll continue to work hard for folks like Bill Schlemmer, who are devoted to this newspaper.

(By the way, he was the cousin of Game Commission board president Robert Schlemmer, of Export, Pa.) 

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