George Alan Salyards, Altoona, died unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at his home.
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He was born in Altoona, son of the late Carl Albert and Anna Mae (Burket) Salyards. On June 27, 1981, he married Bethann Kim Gottshall.
Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Torie Kratzer and husband, Kirk; a son, Adam Salyards; six grandchildren: Nick, Garrett, Mitchell, Carson, Kimberly and Kassandra; two sisters: Carol Fellabaum and Marcia Salyards; five brothers: Dwayne, Jeff, Carl, John and Pat Salyards; and 27 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Paula Fenessey and Mary Panek, and a brother, Donald.
He was a graduate of Altoona Area High School and served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of Garden Heights United Methodist Church.
George loved and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed baseball, football and golfing with his grandchildren and never missed a sporting event of theirs and was the best grandfather ever.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, and from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park, Pastor Lou Hileman officiating. Interment will be held in Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the We Honor Veterans Program, c/o Grane Hospice, 115 Union Ave., Altoona PA 16602.