H. Eugene Koontz, 92, of Friends Cove, died Saturday, April 23, 2022. He was born on December 17, 1929 in Bedford. He was the son of the late Dennis E. and Gladys F. (Morgart) Koontz. On March 5, 1950, in Bedford, he married Rosemary (Koozer) Koontz, who preceded him in death on April 8, 2002. He is survived by two children: G. Scott Koontz and wife Barbara, and Susan Koontz Eberhart, both of Bedford; seven grandchildren: Joel, Heather, Elicia, Andrew, Alison, Chelsea, and Kyle; 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers: N. Edward Koontz and wife Ann, Richard Koontz and wife Bonnie, and Gary Koontz and wife Cyndie, all of Bedford; numerous nieces and nephews; and significant other Barbara Thomas, of Bedford. He was preceded in death by two daughters: Karen G. Stoeri and Louann E. Koontz, a brother G.E. Clyde Koontz, and two sisters: Janet Lohr and Betty Koontz.
Gene started his career hauling milk to Queen City Dairy with a milk can truck in 1952 as an independent hauler. In 1962, he attached a bulk tank to his truck, and continued to haul milk forming H. Eugene Koontz Trucking, Inc. in the late 1980s with his signature Mack trucks and bulk tanks. Gene was an active member and served on many boards at the Bedford Presbyterian Church since the 1950s. He loved family picnics, helping people, and was a very kind and generous person with a great sense of humor. He had five German Shepherd dogs throughout his life, fondly alternating the names Reb and Toby, as well as his current pup, Cassie. Gene also enjoyed hunting, and was a member of the Antique Car Club, Bedford Moose Lodge #480, and the Bedford Kiwanis Club. For the past 17 years, he shared his life with Barbara and her family, who dearly loved Gene.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Jack Miller officiating. Burial at Bedford Cemetery. Friends will be received on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home in Bedford and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gene’s name to: Bedford Presbyterian Church, 145 S. Juliana St., Bedford, PA 15522. Our online guestbook is available at www.berkebilefuneralhome.com.
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