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Melvin A. "Molly" Dry



Melvin A. "Molly" Dry July 5, 1912 - May 17, 2009 Melvin A. "Molly" Dry, 96, of Mansfield passed away, Sunday May 17, 2009, at Broad Acres Health and Rehab in Wellsboro. Born on July 5, 1912 in Bellefonte, he was the son of the late Howard Dry and Mary Barlett Dry. On August 5, 1934 in Bellefonte he married Jane M. Kern who preceded him in death on October 23, 2000. He graduated from the Bellefonte Area High School. He was a member of the original Wetzler Boys Band. Melvin continued his education after high school and graduated from Lock Haven State Teachers College. While he was at Lock Haven he was named All-State Football player and his senior year he was the Football Captain of the Championship team and was also a forward on the Championship Basketball team. During his four years at LHSTC, he received varsity letters four years in football and basketball, two years in track and baseball, for a total of 12 varsity letters. He also graduated with honors in 1943 with a major in health and physical education and minors in history and geography. He taught at Lock Haven High School from 1942-1943, Gettysburg High School from 1943-1945, Williamsburg High School from 1945-1947, South Williamsport High School from 1947-1950 and Punxsutawney High School from 1955-1962. During his years in public schools, he not only taught health, physical education, geography, and history, he also coached all boys' sports and even girls' basketball. He also used his creative talents in directing class plays and gym shows. During his years at South Side, he was grand marshal of the Halloween parade several times. While working in Punxsutawney, he also worked with the Little League and served as Commissioner of it. During the falls and winters of 1950-1955, he worked as trainer and assistant football and basketball coach first at Lock Haven State Teachers College and then at Lycoming College, he retired in 1975 from Mansfield State College where he was Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education, Trainer for all sports, Assistant football coach, Head track and cross country coach, Organizer of first Special Olympics for 13 counties held at college. He worked as the trainer for two Detroit Tiger farm teams between 1950 and 1955, Williamsport Tigers in Eastern League and Buffalo Bisons in the International League. After Melvin retired he became a member and avid golfer of the Corey Creek Golf Club and participated in numerous tournaments both at the club and as a representative of the club on other courses. Over the years he served in numerous capacities for the club. Some of these included manager, chairman of the House Committee, cross country coach, ranger, and starter. In 2006 Melvin was inducted into the Mansfield University Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. Melvin was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, PA. He was a Mason for 60 years. He is survived by two daughters, Sondra D. Yarrison of Oley, Pa., and Kay D. Schwab of Lykens, Pa.; by four grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. There will be a public visitation held on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 10:00am until 11:00am at the Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. in Bellefonte. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am with Reverend Thomas Raymond Searfoss officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Bellefonte.


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