Garry Bennett Hallman

September 8, 1952 ~ April 23, 2022 (age 69)


Garry Bennett Hallman, 69, of Punxsutawney, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born in Punxsutawney on September 08, 1952, a son of the late John Samuel Hallman and Nancy Anne (Bennett) Hallman.

Garry was a 1970 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.

He started as an activity’s director at Wellington Heights Personal Care Home and retired as the Administrator of the facility.  He was very caring and put his compassionate heart into his work in the service of others.  He was very kind and thoughtful, generous to a fault, energetic and enthusiastic and always willing to help someone in need.

Garry loved flowers and enjoyed gardening. He was very artistic and was an avid painter of many beautiful pieces over the years.  He was great at knitting and made many pairs of slippers which he gave away to others.  Garry loved to take trips with his life partner, Gerald to Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County, West Virginia. They enjoyed the scenery, the drive and peace and quiet.

He is survived by his life partner, Gerald Rodney Harper of Punxsutawney; four siblings, Dennis Hallman, Janet Geer, Marcia Botelho and David Hallman and wife Diane, all of Punxsutawney; eight nieces and nephews, Rebecca Gross and husband Thomas of Shrewsbury, Amanda Geer of Punxsutawney, Daniel Geer and fiancé Casey Rushnok of Punxsutawney, Sarah Shockey of Virginia, Corrine States and husband James of Punxsutawney, Savanna Smith and husband Dakota of Punxsutawney, and David Hallman, Jr. of Punxsutawney, his sweet cousin, Colleen (Clark) Burkett who loved him like a brother; and his beloved kitties, Mesha and Minnie.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and infant brother, Patrick Kelly Hallman.

In accordance with Garry’s wishes, there will be no visitation.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.  Arrangements entrusted to Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney.

Memorial donations may be made in Garry’s memory to the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, 201 N. Findley Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767 or Punxsutawney Garden Club, ­­­­­c/o Debby Elder, 204 Pine Street, Punxsutawney, PA, 15767.




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