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228 S Pennsylvania Ave
P.O. Box 579
Centre Hall, PA 16828
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Lewis  Garbrick

Lewis A "Jack" Garbrick

Tuesday, October 13th, 1925 - Monday, May 6th, 2019
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Lewis A. “Jack” Garbrick, 93, of Centre Hall, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 6, 2019 at his home. Born on October 13, 1925, in Potter Township, he was the son of the late Lewis H. and Margaret M. (Brown) Garbrick.
Jack is a 1943 graduate Muncy High School. After graduation, he enlisted immediately in the United States Navy. He earned the rank of Electrician Mate 2nd Class and received the European Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, and the Victory Medal for his years of service. He was honorably discharged on May 22, 1946.
Following his military service, Jack started his business, Garbrick Amusements. He remained the President and CEO up until his passing. He truly treasured all the life long friends he made in the 70 plus years in the business.
Jack was of the protestant faith. He was a Charter member of the Centre Hall American Legion Smith-Pletcher Post 779, and a Charter member of the Potters Mills VFW Smith-Sweetwood Post 9575. He was also a member of the Bellefonte Elks Club 1094, AOPA Aircraft Owners, Internal Association of Flying Farmers, Quiet Birdmen, and a life member of the of Civil Air Patrol.
Jack owned and operated Centre Air Park where he was a flight instructor for many years. He loved flying, traveling, visiting with family and friends, and his daily trips to Brother’s Pizza in Centre Hall.
Jack is survived by two sisters, Joanna Murphy of Quentin, PA, and Sara Jane Pifer of Centre Hall, one brother, Henry Garbrick and his wife, Beverly, of Centre Hall, four step daughters; Bonnie, Connie, Mary Beth, and Diane, and two grandchildren; Christin and Cale, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his two wives; Irene (Tate) Garbrick and Marian (Fox) Dunlap Garbrick, daughter, Lynne Schenck, and stepdaughter, Bobbie Sue.
Visitation will be on Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 4-8pm at the Daughenbaugh Funeral Home in Centre Hall. Funeral services will be on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 2pm, followed by military honors at the funeral home with Pastor David Downer officiating. Burial will be at the Reformed & Lutheran Cemetery in Centre Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Inc 228 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Centre Hall, PA 16828. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, May 9th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Inc
    228 S Pennsylvania Ave
    CENTRE HALL, PA 16828
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  • Service

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, May 10th, 2019 2:00pm
    Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Inc
    228 S Pennsylvania Ave
    CENTRE HALL, PA 16828
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor David A. Downer
  • Interment

    Reformed & Lutheran Cemetery
    West Church Street
    CENTRE HALL, PA 16828
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Karl Mierzejewski

Posted at 11:50am
I first met Jack in 1987 when I arrived in State College to do research at Penn State. I’d heard that he had a couple of aircraft to rent and happily flew his Cessnas for a while. A year later, I came across a bargain airplane in California and called Jack to ask if there would be a place to hangar it at Centre Air Park if I went ahead and bought it. ‘Sure’, Jack said, positive as ever, ‘we’ll find a place for it’, and so I bought it, ferried it across America and joined the merry group of pilots at CAP.

We CAP pilots cannot thank Jack enough for his kindness and support of our flying activities. He looked after us, replaced windsocks when fierce gales blew them away and through his low hangar rental rates, enabled many of us to afford what is generally considered an expensive pastime.

May a strong tailwind help you in reaching your next destination.

Dave Curtis

Posted at 08:34pm
Learned to fly at Centre air park, in one of Jack’s 172’s. He was a fascinating man, always helpful, a great pilot, and great thanks for having such a nice airport; will always have fond memories of speaking with him, and visiting that field. I learned a lot about aviation from the experience.

John Wagner

Posted at 11:36pm
John Wagner, J Squatch Country News and Weather, our heartfelt condolences and sympathy goes out to family and friends affected by the loss of Jack Garbrick, I myself personally will miss him very much as I enjoyed riding Garbrick Amusement Rides growing up as a kid, I hope that you leagecy will continue on up in heaven and keep that Ferris Wheel turning...

Cheryl Shrontz

Posted at 12:43pm
The one thing that stands out in my memory of Jack is that he always walked through the rides at Grange Fair with a huge wrench in his back pocket. He was ready for anything. You will be missed Jack. Rest in Peace.

Barb McNitt

Posted at 07:31pm
You have our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Andy and Jo McNitt

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