Earl David Updegrove
10/31/1919 - 9/30/1989
Along with his 8 siblings, Earl grew up in the coal mining town of Muir PA. His family ancestry is traceable back to central Pennsylvania in the late 1700’s. While the Updegrove name is associated with the Op den Graeff family who migrated from Germany in the late 1600’s to establish Germantown, PA, there is a question as to whether Earl’s family is of the same lineage. Earl was the only one of a set of triplets who survived birth. He was also the youngest of his siblings, being born 19 years after his oldest sister. Earl served 3 and a half years in the Army as a Technical Sergeant during WWII, about a year and a half spent in Europe. Without a high school degree, Earl spent his career working for the federal government, retiring in 1977 as the Budget Director for the Federal Maritime Commission. He was a lifelong artist and musician.