This morning’s Altoona (PA) Mirror reports on the death of a deacon at the Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church in Hollidaysburg, PA (Roger K. Myers, pastor). Here is an excerpt–to read the entire article click on http://www.altoonamirror.com:80/page/content.detail/id/505736.html?nav=742
Charles H. Beltz Jr. of Hollidaysburg RD told his friends Monday morning at King Valley Golf Club in Imler that he would be back in the afternoon to play a round of golf.
He never made it.
Beltz died after the tree he was trimming that afternoon fell on him, Blair Township police said. He was 63.
Those at the golf club were shaken by the news, club secretary Diane Knisely said Wednesday.
When Beltz failed to show up, his friends called his house, learned what occurred and went straight there.
Beltz was a course ranger at the golf club, where he monitored play.
‘‘He was more than just a member; he was like family to us,’’ Knisely said. ‘‘He would do anything for you. He was always there when you needed him.’’
Beltz, called either “Sonny” or “Charlie” by family and friends, served as a deacon at Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church, Reservoir Road, Hollidaysburg RD 1.
He was instrumental in getting the church’s audio-visual equipment set up and operating.
“Being a deacon is a position of service. You have to be a man of integrity. [The individual] has to have a good head on his shoulders, and he has to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” said Pastor Roger Myers, Beltz’s pastor.
“He enjoyed music. He enjoyed a good joke. He liked to play golf,” Myers said of Beltz.
“He just enjoyed conversation. He didn’t allow the other things to draw him away from his commitment to Christ. His commitment to Christ made his life enjoyable,” he said.