Alvin Ross ‘Zeke’ Torrence, 97

HOOKSTOWN, Pa. — Alvin Ross “Zeke” Torrence, 97, of Hookstown, passed away at the Brighton Rehabilitation Center in Beaver, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, after a brief illness.

A lifetime resident of Hookstown, he was born there on March 7, 1919. Zeke was the last surviving child of the late Shaffer and Jessie Moore Torrence.

Before retiring from his lifelong profession as a mechanic in 1981, from Miglore Ford in Midland, Zeke had worked at several other area garages and automobile dealerships. He dedicated his time to the Hookstown Volunteer Fire Department where he was one of the founding members and a fire police captain and to Bill Burris and The Green Valley Boys, where for over 40 years he displayed his self-learned musical talents on several different instruments, entertaining audiences throughout the area. Also, he was a member of the Mill Creek Presbyterian Church.

On April 10, 2013, he suffered the loss of wife, Hazel Torrence, and he was also preceded in death by his siblings: Harry and Raymond Torrence, Jeannette Craig, Romaine Johnson, and Elizabeth and Maretta Torrence.

Zeke had a very close nit family and he leaves his sons, Jerry (Fran) Torrence, Terry Torrence and Tom (Daisy) Torrence, all of Hookstown; and his grandchildren: Jeri Sue Knew, Michelle Hampson, Lisa Swanson, and Trevor Torrence. Five great-grandchildren survive as well.

Pastor Wilmer J. Olszewski of the Hookstown Free Methodist Church will celebrate Zeke’s life at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Mill Creek Hill Cemetery in Georgetown.

Friends are invited to visit with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 4-8 p.m.

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