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Verlin Vaughn Vallati

Born: Fri., Oct. 20, 1922
Died: Sat., Apr. 2, 2011

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Verlin Vaughn Vallati passed peacefully into eternity to join his heavenly father on Saturday April 2nd, 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Schwenk Vallati and his sister Lillian Vallati Houser of Allentown. He also has two children, Nancy Vallati Garver and her husband Gary Garver Sr. of Hummelstown and Timothy Verlin Vallati and his wife Julie Vallati of Camp Hill. Also eight grandchildren, Gary Garver Jr., Jennifer Hynes and Jason Garver, Tiffany Vallati, Shandi Curry-Vallati, Bethani Curry-Vallati, Logan Vallati and Mikayla Vallati; and his great-grandchildren, Zackary Hynes, Owen Hynes, Julia Garver, Emma Garver and Adam Garver.

He graduated from Hershey High School where he played in the band and wrestled. He was later honored by being inducted into the Scholastic Hall of Fame as a wrestler. He was a District 1941 wrestling champion for Hershey High School in 1941. He passed down his love of wrestling to his grandsons, Gary and Jason.

He was an aircraft mechanic at the Middletown Depot during World War 1.
He was a supervisor at Nationwide Insurance Company and a Bridge draftsman at the State of Pa.

He began studying the guitar at the age of 27 through a correspondence course and began teaching the guitar in the Hershey area and had 100 students of all ages. Verlin especially enjoyed teaching guitar to his adult students. He retired from teaching at the age of 81. He shared with his family the interesting stories of his many students and enjoyed every minute of sharing his love of music with them. He played in a local dance band from 1940 to 1950, Micky J and the Rockets. His son Tim now teaches guitar in his home in Camp Hill and plays guitar in church every Sunday.

Verlin and Mary spent time working for the Milton Hershey School as house parents and were at the unit Sunset, which was the Glee-Club unit. For 6 years he competed with the home sports program with zeal, which all his boys remember well. He enjoyed still being in touch with many of "his" boys from the Milton Hershey School.

Verlin began to study the Bible, became a UMC lay minister, taught Sunday School and wrote and published a book entitled "Bring it Down to where I Can Understand". He was in his mid 80's when the book was published. He also worked as a visitation representative for prison ministry, and with the Shepard shut- in ministry for his church.

A memorial service will be held at his church on Saturday April 9th at 11:00am. The church is the Camp Hill United Methodist at 417 S. 22nd St. Camp Hill, PA.

Interment will be in Stoverdale Cemetery at a private family service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to Odessey Hospice, 4660 Trindle Rd., Suite 201, Camp hill, Pa 17011.

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