PA Trooper’s Grit, Love of Life Inspired Family

From The Tribune-Review by Greg Reinbold, March 15, 2014

Ashley Yuhouse remembers her dad as a loving father with a winning sense of humor and an adventurous spirit who loved the outdoors.

When symptoms of Huntington’s disease began affecting Paul Yuhouse’s ability to perform daily tasks, he inspired Ashley and her brother, Joshua.

“He really just picked himself back up and wanted to keep moving forward,” said Ashley Yuhouse of State College. “I think it was just really frustrating for him because things became harder, like getting himself dressed or driving to work. He never wanted to depend on us for anything. He was always just still trying to be our dad and be there for us.”

Paul A. Yuhouse, 58, of Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014. He was born Nov. 30, 1955, a son of Andrew P. Yuhouse, who cared for Mr. Yuhouse, and the late Loretta H. Glowacki Yuhouse.

Mr. Yuhouse, a 1973 graduate of Southmoreland High School, graduated from Penn State in 1977 with a degree in criminology. He worked as a police officer for Mt. Pleasant and Connellsville, where he was a motorcycle officer and attained the rank of corporal.

He graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey in 1985.

“He was my buddy,” said Chief James Capitos of the Connellsville force. “We started within a month of each other, and we worked some shifts together. We both went to the academy together. I remember working a lot of shifts with Paul. He was a really, really funny guy. … We had some good times working together.”

Mr. Yuhouse worked at the state police barracks at Philipsburg for 16 years until Huntington’s, an inherited disease that causes nerve cells in the brain to waste away, forced him to retire.

His friendly personality made him a natural at engaging the community, Capitos said.

“He was always saying hello to people. Everybody he saw, it was,‘Hello, how’s your day?’ He was that kind of guy,” said Joshua Yuhouse of Norwalk, Conn. “You don’t really get that much out of people nowadays, but he was always a friendly guy who would smile and say hello and hold the door for people.”

Mr. Yuhouse is also survived by a brother, Richard F. Yuhouse of Mt. Pleasant, and a sister, Cynthia L. Szczygiel of Mt. Pleasant, and nieces and a nephew.

Mr. Yuhouse’s family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Frank Kapr Funeral Home Inc., 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Prayers of transfer will be held at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Everson. Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Parish Cemetery. St. John Ministry of Consolation will conduct a vigil service at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed in Mr. Yuhouse’s name to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.

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