Gary F. Pfahler, 66, of Altoona passed away unexpectedly on December 4, 2017 at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Fay “Butch” and Ruth “Honey” (Merritts) Pfahler. On September 1, 1984, he married Ann Collins. Surviving are his wife, Ann Pfahler; a brother, Joseph (Sharon) Pfahler of Altoona; three sisters: Sandy Conley and Lori Pruznak, both of Altoona, and Cheri (Robert) Dick of Bellwood; a special nephew, Rodney Conley; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Catherine Montuoro and Helen Burkheimer. Gary was a 1969 graduate of Altoona Area High School, and he attended Altoona School of Commerce. He completed his education by earning a bachelors’ degree in accounting from the National School of Business, Rapid City, S.D. Gary joined the team at Altoona First Savings Bank (formerly Altoona Federal S&L) on September 9, 1974, where he worked for 43 years. He had served as the bank’s president and CEO since January 1, 2004, and was looking forward to starting retirement on December 22, 2017. He was a longtime member of Altoona AMBUCS, and he served on the board of directors for Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers and the board of directors for ARC of Altoona. Gary enjoyed vacationing in Atlantic City, N.J., traveling and attending Altoona Curve games. The family requests that memorial contributions in Gary’s memory be made to Special Olympics, 4120 Second Ave, Altoona, PA 16602, or to American Heart Association, 501 Howard Ave., Suite D101, Altoona, PA 16601. “Gary was a friend to anyone who desired a friendship. He was an extremely approachable person. He was humble and viewed everyone as equal. He enjoyed his work and worked diligently. I believe he enjoyed his work because he loved people. Gary enjoyed and was proud to be a community banker because it is an industry that is a close-knit family in where people look to help others. It is an industry where you are able to achieve success without a guilty conscience because success is measured in helping others. Gary enjoyed helping others. This was evidenced in his support of many organizations and very tangibly in his leadership in Ambucs which provides support to disabled individuals and his leadership in running the Special Olympics of Blair County Golf Tournament for many years. Gary exemplified community banking – making a real difference in the lives of others.” – Troy M. Campbell, President/CEO, Altoona First Savings Bank “I worked with Gary for 43 yrs. He was indeed a hometown banker and a big supporter of PACB. Altoona First is much better as a result of having Gary Pfahler as its President/CEO.” – Leon R. Zook, Chairman of the Board, Altoona First Savings Bank
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