George Acheson ‘Ach’ Black Jr.

Mr. George Acheson "Ach" Black Jr. died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at Sugar Creek Station in Franklin.

Mr. Black was born at Bradford Woods, Pa., on Feb. 2, 1924. 

He graduated from Franklin High School in 1941 and then served during World War II in the Army Air Corps as a flight engineer aboard a B-25 Mitchell, flying 47 missions in the South Pacific Theater. 

Returning to Franklin, he married Patricia Ann Black on Jan. 18, 1947.

During his career he worked at Joy Manufacturing Company. After moving to Corry, Pa., Mr. Black was the factory manager for Rogers Structural Steel Company. He also served as a consultant for Strayer Steel, Erie. During his retirement, he taught welding at Venango Technology Center, Webco Industries and Franklin Industries.

During his lifetime Mr. Black served as troop leader for Boy Scout Troop 33 at First Presbyterian Church, Franklin; an elder in the Presbyterian Church; a member of Rotary International and president of the Corry Rotary; president of the American Welding Society; a member of Franklin Toymakers; a member of the Elks Club and the VFW of Franklin; and a committee member for Wings Over Venango.

Mr. Black was preceded in death by his parents, George Acheson and Constance Hunter Black; and a sister, Constance Kapp. 

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Grant Street, Franklin; three sons, Jon Acheson and his wife, Jane, of Carlisle, Pa.; Steven Lee of Troy, Michigan; and James Randall and his wife, Leith, of Niceville, Florida; grandchildren, Alixandra Black of Sanford, Florida; Dr. Bryan Black and his wife, Genoa, and great-grandson, Henry Acheson, of Port Aransas, Texas; Amy Meadows and her husband, Tony, and great-grandson, Landry, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

There will be no visitation.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Huff Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 312 W. Park St., Franklin.

Private graveside services will be held at Franklin Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to the Franklin Library Foundation, 421 12th St., Franklin, PA 16323; or a charity of one's choice.