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Donald "Bugs" R. Shipley

d. February 20, 2013

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.

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