Thomas William Huntley

Thomas William Huntley, a devoted husband and Father, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 1, 2023 doing what was his latest passion, his usual daily walk around Foxdale Village. Cold wind, snow, rain, sleet, hail would never deter him.

Tom was born in Vestaburg, a coal mining town in western Pennsylvania, the son of Harry and Jean Huntley (nee McMurray). He was married to Sara Ann Huntley until September of 1971 when cancer took her from him. He married Barbara Jean Schmidt in 1975 who preceded him in death in March of 2022. He is survived by his sons, Thomas (Ted) Edward Huntley and wife Diane, and granddaughter Laura of Walnut Creek, California, Kurt Huntley of Mesa, Arizona, and wife Shirley, and granddaughter Sara, and daughter, Danti Martha Rivera of Orlando, Florida and husband Edwin Rivera and his beloved kitty Missy.

His past loves included skiing, being a member of the Tussey Mountain Ski Patrol, and running competitions. Later in his running career he always finished in the top 5. Usually as one of the only 5 or so that were still running in his age group. He was an avid outdoorsman which included camping, hiking, biking, river cruises in Europe and walking Meg, the family dog.

He was also a devoted Penn State sports fan, attending many men's and women's basketball games, football games when he and his son Kurt would get standing room only tickets in the South endzone bleachers, as well as wrestling, women's volleyball, and gymnastics.

He earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism (1952) then served as a Sergeant in the Korean conflict for two years, followed by another Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering (1957) and finally a Master's degree in Operations Research (1967), all from Penn State. Tom was also a longtime PSU employee as a Systems Analyst.

Tom was a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church on North Oak Lane in State College, Pennsylvania and continued attending services and bible studies held at Foxdale by his minister, till his passing.

Visitation will be from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Funeral service will follow at the church with Pastor Ron Miller officiating.

Burial will be in Centre County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2221 N Oak Lane, State College.

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences may be entered at