Stephen Spega Jr., 88, of 6585 Daugherty's Run Road, Linden, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at his home.
Born Aug. 23, 1925, in Johnstown, he was a son of the late Stephen Sr. and Anna Finch Spega.
Stephen and his wife, Elizabeth C. Spega, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on June 23, 2012.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a staff sergeant and was a gunner on B-29 bombers. After flying 18 combat missions, he was shot down over Japan and was held as a prisoner of war until Aug. 1945.
Following the war, he attended the former Williamsport Technical Institute, graduating as a toolmaker. Stephen retired in 1986 from Textron-Lycoming where he was employed as a toolmaker for 38 years.
He had several interests, from flying radio controlled airplanes, to winning trophies in pistol shooting during the 1950s and 1960s at the YMCA. Stephen was also an avid hunter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth on Dec. 17, 2012, and a brother, John Spega.
Surviving is his son, Stephen III (Susan) Spega of Linden; a daughter, Ann E. Spega of Pennsdale; three grandchildren, Kevin (Laurie), Joshua and Daniel (Beth) Spega; and two great-granddaughters.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, with The Rev. Dr. Andrew M. France Jr. officiating. Burial will be in State Road Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Knight Confer Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lycoming County SPCA, 2805 Reach Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701