Howard Albert Yepson, 92, of Carbondale, died Monday December 16th at the Forest City Nursing Center. His wife, the former Barbara Anne Belles, died December 29, 2018.
Born in Carbondale, son of the late John Maurice and Leah Phillips Cole Yepson, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale. He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Class of 1945, and a graduate of the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post 221, Carbondale. Prior to retirement, Howard was employed by the Westinghouse Corporation in Newark, NJ, where he worked in the meter relay division. He was a 32 degree mason of the Scottish and York Rite; he was a 60 year member of the Carbondale Lodge # 249 of the Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, where he served as a two time past master. He was also a member of the Jermyn Aurora Lodge #523, Eureka Royal Arch Chapter #179; Scranton Council #44 of the Royal and Select Master Masons, Northeast Council #74 of the Knight Masons of the USA, Northeastern York Rite College #102, Penn Priory #6 Knights of the York Cross of Honor, the Palestine Commandery #14 Knights Templar, the Williamsport Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine; the Irem Temple Shrine, Dallas, and the Wayne Pike Shrine Club. Howard was very musical, having played in the Irem Brass Band, and he played the bells in the Crystal Band of Scranton for 33 years. He was also a member of the hand bells choir of the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches of Carbondale. Howard also tuned pianos across the Carbondale area for many years. He served as the president of the Pocono Northeast Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild. Howard was also a founding member of the Carbondale Historical Society.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Forest City Nursing Center for their excellent and compassionate care.
Also surviving are a daughter: Kimberly L. McCarthy and husband Donald P., Carbondale; a granddaughter: Rachel R. McCarthy and fiancé Ryan Sutter, Marietta; several nieces and nephews, including Duane Mosher and wife Marianne; and several cousins.
He was also preceded in death by a sister: Lillian Cole Mosher and her husband Howard.
As per his request, funeral services will be private with interment in Willow View Cemetery, Clifford.
Arrangements by the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc., 55 Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale.
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