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Donald "Bugs" R. Shipley

Donald R. "Bugs" Shipley, 80, of Roscoe, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Born in Roscoe on Oct. 24, 1932, he was the son of the late Leroy and Edith Shipley. After graduating from Charleroi High School in 1950, he went to work at Allied Chemical in Newell. Bugs then joined the Army in 1953 where he attained the rank of Corporal while honorably serving his country during the Korean War. After serving his country, he worked at Guttman Supply, Union Carbide, and Valley National Gas from where he retired in 1997. On July 14, 1956, he married his loving wife, Arlene Olesko. Bugs was a member of the Roscoe Presbyterian Church where he was a past Elder and Trustee. He was actively involved with the American Legion where he served for many years as the Commander of Post 801 in Roscoe. He also held positions of 25th District Commander and 25th District Chaplain; he served on the 25th District staff for numerous years and was Chaplain for the Roscoe VFC. In addition to his wife, those left to cherish the many memories of Bugs are his children, Rae Dawn (Greg), of Eighty Four, and Jim (Trisha), of Roscoe; brothers-in-law, Andy (Joyce) Olesko, Jim (Theresa) Olesko, Albert (JoAnn) Olesko, and Bill (Marilyn) Olesko; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Paul) Dendor and Marie Kopacko; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Leroy and Jack Shipley, Margaret Kruppa, Ruth Foster Zapach, Hazel Nichol, Gert Gregg and Gerry Boscan. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe, and Monday, Feb. 25, from 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of service, in the Roscoe Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Candace Cook presiding. (Those attending the funeral service are asked to meet at the church.) Interment will be at the convenience of the family. American Legion services will be provided by the 25th District 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Southminster Place, Woodside, 880 South Main St., Washington, PA 15301 or Roscoe Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 716, Roscoe, PA 15477.


Uncle Donnie - I wished I could have seen you more. I remember when I was a little girl you would have the family picnics and we played softball, volleyball and you made that nasty turtle soup. I may have not told you much but I love you Uncle Donnie! I wished mom had lived longer so she could have had her family closer for a longer period of time. Aunt Arlene - I promise I will be up to see you soon. So sorry that Uncle Donnie is gone. He is now with all his siblings and his mother and father. We have the best guardian angels. Rae Dawn and Jimmy - you had the best father. Like I told your mom we have the best guardian angels. Love and miss you all. Barbara (Barbie) RIP Uncle Donnie

Barbara Apr 14 2013 12:00 AM

Arlene & Family. My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. Working with "Bugs" at Guttman's. was enjoyable. We had such great times. Josie

Josie Iacovangelo Feb 24 2013 12:00 AM

Arlene:Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss. Don was a good friend & loved by all who knew him. I regret I am unable to pay a visit to the funeral home, but many of the Past 25th Dist. Commanders will be in D.C. at the Legislative Conferece. John Titus extends his condolences as well.

Tom Shumaker Feb 24 2013 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family John and Clare

John Clare Feb 23 2013 12:00 AM

Rae Dawn and family, My thought and prayers are with you at this VERY sad time. Your strong faith will get you through and help you heal. Prayers Cheryl

Cheryl Mazza Feb 22 2013 12:00 AM

Arlene,Rae Dawn and Jim. So sorry to hear of the passing of Don. He was always entertaining with his good sense of humor. He was a kind and caring man. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Patti Jo (Kelly) Christopher

Patti Kelly Christopher Feb 22 2013 12:00 AM