Roland J. “Sonny” Gorman

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Roland J. “Sonny” Gorman, daughter of Retired Sergeant Helen Miller and son-in-law of Retired Sergeant Robert Miller.

Roland J. “Sonny” Gorman, 87, of Duncansville, passed away Tuesday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Plum Creek, son of the late Raymond W. and Kathryn L. (Baughman) Gorman.

He married Rose H. Eger on May 27, 1952, in Altoona. She passed away July 20, 2020.

Surviving are seven children: Wes (Jackie), Irene Walters, Mark (Connie), John (Melinda), Helen Miller (Robert), Guy (Valerie) and Robin Felix (Brian); daughters-in-law, Jeanie and Karen; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Paul and Alan; a granddaughter, Angel; two brothers, Carl and James; and two sisters, Sally Helsel and Rosemary “Het” Imler. Roland was the last surviving member of the Gorman family.

Sonny was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, Newry. He retired as a cement truck driver from New Enterprise Stone & Lime in 1997 after 28 years of service. He was previously employed at Clarence Mowery’s Farm, Bakers Summit and the Claysburg Brick Yard.

Sonny enjoyed cutting firewood, gardening, hunting, spending time with his grandchildren and listening to a good story that would make him laugh.

He was known as Sonny, Sunshine, Dad, Pap and White Hair Pap and will be deeply missed by all who knew him, especially by two grandsons who called him White Hair Pap.

Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2022, at Miller Funeral Home, East Freedom.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2022, at St. Patrick’s Church, Newry. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.

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