Harry Robert Hontz, Jr., 58, of East Ridge Street, Coaldale, PA died on Friday, March 10, 2017 in Coaldale. Born in the Bronx, New York on November 12, 1958, he was the son of the late Harry, Sr. and Theresa (nee Bilotta) Hontz. A 1976 graduate of Panther Valley High School, Harry was an EMT for both the Tamaqua Ambulance Association and the Penn Mahoning Ambulance Association. He had previously worked as an EMT at St. Luke's Hospital, Coaldale and in Tennessee as an AT&T call center manager. Harry was a member of the Coaldale Fire Company and a member of the Coaldale Borough Council on which he served as the President of the Police Committee. He was also a member of the East End Fire Company, Tamaqua; a social member of the Tamaqua Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #13; and a former member of the Coaldale and Lansford Ambulance Associations. Harry had his own photography business, was an avid Penn State fan, and made a habit of putting everyone else's needs before his own. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Coaldale. Surviving are his daughter, Ashley Hontz of Summit Hill, PA; son, Joshua Hontz of Lansford, PA; granddaughters Adalyn Hontz and Ivy Carl of Summit Hill; sisters, Joanne Lowmaster of Coaldale and Fran Foster and her husband Steve of Lansford; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, March 18 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA with The Rev. Wayne Benack officiating. Interment with military honors will take place in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown following the service. Call at the funeral home on Friday from 5-8 PM and on Saturday from 9-10 AM. Donations may be made towards the cost of the funeral at www.fundthefuneral.com/harry-r-hontz-jr. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua. Service organizations that intend to send apparatus to the funeral procession should contact Scott Cramer at (570) 225-8949.
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