Elmer R. Bliss Sr., 71 passed away in St. Elizabeth Hospital Friday morning, shortly before noon. He was born in Pittsburgh on December 26, 1947 to his parents, Layton and Lauretta Lewis Bliss. Elmer first worked for Hurst Corp, leaving there to drive truck for J&E Trucking for 10 years, and finishing his career as a self-employed mechanic. He had a passion for working on cars, playing poker and Keno, polo, and watching wrestling on TV. Somedays you could catch him just crusin’ ‘round town. Elmer is survived by his children, Etta (Chuck) Collins of Niles, Loretta (William) Bares of Lowellville, Elmer Bliss Jr. of Austintown, Joseph Bliss of Girard, Tammy and Richard Bliss Sr. of Youngstown, and Jeffrey Bliss of Austintown; his seventeen grandchildren; and his three great-grandchildren. He will be reunited with his parents; his wife, Virginia C. Cogan whom he married April 15, 1972 died June 16, 2012; his mother-in-law, Caroline Schuster; his son, Alfred Bliss; and his two brothers, Larry and Layton Bliss. Family and friends will gather from 4 to 8pm on Thursday, May 9th in Schiavone Funeral Home and from 10am to noon on Friday, May 10th in First Baptist Church in Girard. A service will follow with burial in Churchill Cemetery.
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