Francis R. Watterson

May 4 1925
May 4 2019
94 Years
Cochranville, Pennsylvania

Francis R. Watterson, formerly of Cochranville,  passed away on his 94th birthday at the Ephrata Manor. He was the widower of the late Margaret Pyle Watterson who died in 2008.  Born in Cochranville, he was the son of the late Ralph M. and Dora Martin Watterson.  

Francis was an area resident all his life and a 1943 graduate of the Cochranville High School. He was employed by the Lukens Steel Co. of Coatesville for 25 years retiring in 1990.  He was a member of Cochranville United Methodist Church, a 70 year member of the Russellville Grange and a lifetime member of the Cochranville Fire Company.

He is survived by three children; Rebecca Clendenin Jennings and husband Ralph of Narvon, Gerald R. Watterson and wife Marilyn of Holtwood and Martin Watterson and wife Diane of Lebanon,  8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son Kenneth Watterson and three siblings; Elmer and Raymond Watterson and Laura Prange. 

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11 AM at the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main Street, Parkesburg, PA followed by interment at the Cochranville Methodist Cemetery. Viewing from 10 AM to 11 AM.
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Service Date: 
May 10 2019 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Wilde Funeral Home


Frances was a good man, got along with him on our many endeavors up at the grange.  Very smart and very mechanical, he could fix anything.  He did so much for the grange over the years.

Him and I cooked many a chicken for the grange fundraiser, he was a hard working man that wanted to keep going till the job was done.  Totally respected the man and have alot of good memories with him.  I offer my sympathy to the family and hope that God comforts you.   Rest in peace Frances

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So sorry for your loss. May the memories of a long life well lived console you. Will keep you in prayer
Judy Prange

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So sorry for your loss, remembering all the good times we had, he was a very special person!

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I am so sorry for your loss. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

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