Carlan P. Hough, 84, lineman

Carlan P. Hough
Carlan P. Hough
Posted: September 27, 2013

Carlan P. Hough, 84, a Philadelphia Electric Co. lineman who worked his way up to engineer, died Saturday, Sept. 21, of metastatic melanoma at Maris Grove, a senior facility in Glen Mills.

Mr. Hough spent 39 years with the utility, initially climbing poles in Delaware County. Harry G. Hough Sr., his father and an electrical engineer, persuaded his son to go back to school to qualify for a better job.

For eight years, Mr. Hough attended night school at Villanova University. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1967.

Eventually, he took over his father's old job as an electrical engineer, working from a Peco office in Philadelphia. He retired in 1993.

Born in the city and raised in Springfield, Delaware County, he graduated from West Catholic High School in June 1946.

The day after graduation, Mr. Hough enlisted, serving as an administrative clerk with the Army of Occupation in Japan through Oct. 31, 1947, when he was honorably discharged.

Mr. Hough lived in Springfield for 60 years and in Media for 14 years. He moved to Maris Grove in 2006.

Faith was important to Mr. Hough. He was a regular at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Media, where he attended morning Mass with the "8 o'clockers."

When Mr. Hough was hospitalized two months ago, the 8 o'clockers left a note on his pew in church. "Don't even think about sitting here," the note read.

"He just thought that was wonderful," said his wife, the former Helen M. Stuhlmuller.

Mr. Hough was a life member of the Springfield Fire Company and the Springfield Historical Society.

For 65 years, he was active with the Boy Scouts Cradle of Liberty Council, and he received the Silver Beaver Award. He earned his Eagle Scout award in 1958.

Mr. Hough's first wife was Marian Macord, now deceased. The couple had two daughters, Lorraine F. and Barbara F. Gliem, who survive.

He wed Stuhlmuller 22 years ago. She brought four children to the marriage: Helen Carroll, Mary Macomber, Carol Witzeman, and James R. Stuhlmuller.

Also surviving are two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Nativity Church, Franklin and Monroe Streets, Media, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.


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