‘Pop' Styer celebrates 100th birthday

Harry Styer (front and center) with his family (back L to R) Ken Styer, Roy Styer, Mary Holton, Brian Styer, sister Thelma Fischer (front left), and longtime companion Ruth Sheeders (front right). Photo by Virginia Lindak
Harry "Pop" Styer and his daughter Ruth Holton at Harry's 100th birthday celebration. Photo by Virginia Lindak

South Coventry resident Harry “Pop” Styer celebrated a milestone birthday on Nov.8, when he turned 100 years old. A birthday celebration was held in his honor on Nov. 9 at Pughtown Baptist Church in Spring City, where Styer is a long-time member.

Forty of Styer’s family members were joined by members of the church, community and friends to honor “Pop” on his landmark birthday. Guests enjoyed birthday cakes, pies, baked goods and refreshments, as well as a chance to spend time with Styer.

Styer said the secret to his longevity is, “People taking good care of me.”

Born in 1913, Styer believes he was born in Phoenixville Hospital, and joked he doesn’t remember back that far. He attended Hickory Grove Elementary School until 8th grade, and went on to graduate from Spring City High School. Syter has lived in the area all his life.

Styer said he only had one girlfriend and he married her - Ruth Elmira Lusby. They had five children. Styer has 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

He worked as a farmer, carpenter, electrician and a plumber throughout his life, including 25 years with Baldwins Electric in West Chester. Family members said he had his hands on most of the wires and pipes in Chester County.

“He was an electrician and a plumber in this area for years,” said daughter Mary Holton. “He’s worked in just about everybody’s house around. If people needed things done they would call Pop. He’s taken care of a lot of things, so we tried to reach out to as many people.”

Holton said her father and his longtime companion Ruth Sheeders are still very active in the community.

“He’s having a good time. He’ll talk about current events, he knows his way around a remote control better than I do. He can still get on his riding mower and mow the grass. They’re still really active in the community and the church. They go to every church dinner each week there is. He’s really, very, very active. And his mind is so good too,” said Holton.

Styer said the best vacation he ever had was to Hawaii and favorite pastime activity, other than going to various church dinners, is playing the card game “Hossenpfeffer” with Sheeders or anyone who even glances at a deck of cards.

Family members are thankful for the 100 years of love, devotion and kindness that “Pop” has shown them.

“Oh yes indeed,” said Styer when asked if he was excited to have his family there to celebrate his special day.