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Robert P. “Bob” Smith Jr

Robert P. “Bob” Smith Jr., 66 of Washington died Saturday-April 13, 2019 in his home following a lengthy and courageous battle with melanoma.  He was born November 7, 1952 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the son of the late Robert P. and Jane Twinemm Smith.  Mr. Smith was a graduate of Pious High School in Milwaukee and was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  He then went on to the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy.  Mr. Smith was the owner/operator and Pharmacist at the Annex Pharmacy Inc. for 22 years before going to work for the Department of State as a Pharmacy Inspector.  Mr. Smith held this position up until the time of his death.  He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.  Mr. Smith was a competitive skeet shooter and belonged to the Washington Sportsmen Association where he once served as President.  He was a regular weekly participant in sporting clay shooting and was an avid water fowl hunter.  He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.

On March 24, 1979 he married Kathleen Haggerty who survives.  Also surviving is a son, Staff Sgt. Patrick M. Smith, 82nd Airborne, United States Army of Fayetteville, North Carolina and a brother, Timothy (Maribeth) Smith of Madison Wisconsin. 

Friends will be received on Monday-April 22, 2019 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 P.M. in the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc., Wilson at East Katherine Ave., Washington, S. Timothy Warco, Supervisor/Director, Susan Falvo Warco, Director, S. Timothy Warco II, Director.  A prayer service will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday-April 23, 2019 in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 119 W. Chestnut St. Washington.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center  Development Office, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B 5150 Centre Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 or at www.donation.upmc.com.  Condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com  

Louis R. Depretis

Louis R. DePretis, beloved husband of Melody Ann (Gregg) DePretis, father of Meshach Miller, Mellory (David) Birner and Kyle Cameron died Thursday, June 8, 2017. Louis was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend who loved his family dearly. His grandchildren, Meshach John, Mierra Peyton Miller and Melody Lovas Birner, were an exceptionally important part of his everyday life, bringing pure joy to his heart. Being a father and Pap Pap were the greatest titles he ever chose and achieved.

Louis was born on September 4,1956 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Nancy J. (Tenney) DePretis and Andrew J. DePretis, Jr. of Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania.

A CPA for nearly 40 years, he maintained his practice in Washington, PA (Louis R. DePretis and Associates, CPA’s) where he worked closely with his friend and assistant, Mary Ellen (MiMi) Gafric. He was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Robert Morris University and a Ringgold High School alumnus.

The years spent on the Yough River with his family and dearest friends are the most memorable. Big Daddy Lou’s River House was open to everyone anytime. Rocking on the dock with his best friend and wife were his most cherished moments. He led kayaking and canoe trips for his guests and enjoyed 4-wheeling with his boys, he especially loved inventing fishing lures and fishing lores with son, Meshach.

Automobiles were always a true passion. In 1992 the daddy-daughter drag racing team was born and for the next 15+ years they travelled across the US and Puerto Rico competing in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) racing events, winning countless championships and awards, including 6 Ironman trophies together.

Shifting from drag racing to autocross and road racing Louis and his son, Kyle, forged an inseparable bond and loved to wrench together in the garage. Together they were very active in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and enjoyed racing their Corvettes.

A member of the Golden Triangle Skeet League and the Washington Sportsmen Association, Louis was an avid and competitive skeet shooter. Additionally, a former member of various car clubs and the Rotary Club, the Washington Jaycees and a former South Strabane Township Supervisor.

Louis enjoyed the thrill and excitement of scuba diving for many years with his family and friends.

He is also survived by brothers Dennis (Beth), Robert (Bethann) and sister Gina (Anthony Brozovich, Jr.) and grandmother Carla J. DePretis, daughter in law, Heather King and several nieces and nephews.

Louis is preceded in death by his precious mother, the late Nancy J. DePretis, his baby grandson, Gabriel John Birner, and his grandfather, the late Andrew J. DePretis, Sr.

Friends will be received Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from noon to 1:30 p.m. the time of service at William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Ave, Washington. Burial will follow at Washington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the Children’s Department of your local library.

Ken "Digger" Berry

Ken "Digger" Berry

December 24, 2016

Kenneth James Berry, 75, of Canonsburg, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016, in his home. Born November 16, 1941, he was a son of the late Cecelia Catherine Tams and William I. Berry. He was the beloved husband of Clara Berry for 52 years, the dear father of Clara A. Lloyd of Cecil and Catherine Kendrick of Streetsboro, Ohio. He was a dear grandfather of Kenneth and Wiliam Lloyd of Cecil and Casey Kendrick of Streetsboro. He was a dear brother of Karen Pradines and loving brother-in-law of Robert (Janet) Higgins of Eighty Four and Margaret Higgins of Chartiers Township. He was also a dear uncle of Amanda and Felicia Higgins, Marcia Pradines, Laura Kimmins, Debra Hrindac and Mike Touville and was predeceded in death by his sister, Judith Ann Touville and his son, Kenneth James Jr. He enjoyed trap shooting. He was a longtime member of Washington Sportsman Club and a life member of the NRA. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. At the family's request, all services will be held privately. Arrangements have been entrusted to Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546. View and sign the family's guest book at www.cremationfuneralcare.com.

Louis W. West, Jr.

Louis W. West Jr. December 22, 2016 

Louis W. West Jr., 82, of Laguna Niguel California, formerly of Washington, died Thursday-December 22, 2016 in Saddleback Memorial Hospital in Laguna Hills California after a short illness.  

Friends will be received Wednesday-December 28, 2016 from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. in the Warco Falvo Funeral Home Inc

He was born February 22, 1934 in Washington, the son of the late Louis and Florence Alfano West.  Mr. West was employed as a Hazardous Substance Inspector with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation until his retirement.

He was formerly a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. He was a graduate of Washington High School, and a graduate of The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.  He was also a member of the Washington Sportsman Club, American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post #175, Life Member, and the Vado Del Rio Skeet and Trap Club of Camp Pendleton.  Mr. West served in the Air National Guard and the Reserve of the United States Army.

On December 28, 1953 he married Gladys Mae Ritchie who survives. Also surviving is a son; Louis Gregory (Lela) West of Laguna Niguel, California and two grandchildren; Brooke Erin West and Dylan Andrew West. Mr. West is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother; Robert West and a sister; Betty Ruffa. 

Friends will be received Wednesday-December 28, 2016 from 2 P.M. until 8 P.M. in the Warco Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine Avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director.  A blessing service will be held on Thursday- December 29, 2016 at 10 A.M. in the funeral home with the Rev. Richard J. Wesoloski officiating.  Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.  Full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post #175 and the United States Army.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.WarcoFalvoFuneralHome.com.


Bud (Raymond) Gaus

Raymond "Bud" Gaus

December 13, 2014 - July 27, 2014

Raymond K. “Bud” Gaus 90 of Amity passed away at his home Sunday July 27, 2014. He was born in Amity on December 13, 1923, a son of the late Troal C. and Kathryn Wiley Gaus. He attended Trinity High School and was awarded his high school diploma in 2002 at a graduation ceremony held for World War II veterans. He served in the United States Army Air Corps from 194-1945 as a ball turret gunner aboard a B-17 bomber. He was shot down over Krems, Austria on his 13th mission and subsequently held as a prisoner of war for 13 months at Stalag Luft 13B. he was honorably discharged at a rank of Staff Sergeant and awarded the following medals: Purple Heart, POW medal, American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with one oak Leaf Cluster and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. Bud worked for Carter Auto Parts for 20 years and as mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, for 37 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Amity Methodist Church, Shriners, Sunset Lodge #623, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Amateur Trap Shooting Association, Washington Sportsmen Club, Anawana Hunting and Fishing Club, Amwell Township Volunteer Fire Dept, Amwell Township Historical Society. He loved his family unconditionally and enjoyed to trap shoot. On August 17, 1945 he married Margaret “Peg” Farabee Gaus with whom he shared over 54 years of marriage before her passing on February 14, 2004. He is survived by a daughter Peggy Hickman of Washington, son-in-law Donald Lindsay of Claysville, a sister Janice Skelly of Vallejo, Ca, four grandchildren Laura (Joe) McNeil, Jennifer (Greg) Zuk, Gregory Hickman, Miranda Hickman, six great grandchildren Taylor McNeil, Alexa McNeil, Krista McNeil, Abram Zuk, Seth Zuk. Rachel Zuk, as well as many nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to his wife Margaret Gaus aare a daughter Dawn “Dee” Lindsay, three sisters Delores Kinder, Louise Mankey, Ruth Salsberry, and brother Robert Gaus. Family and friends will be received Tuesday from 6-8p.m. Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8p.m. in the Nichol Funeral Home 1873 East Maiden Street Washington, where funeral services will be held on Thursday July 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Linda Mankey officiating. Interment will follow in Amity Methodist Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to Dawn Lindsay Memorial Education Fund sent to Washington County Community Foundation 331 South main Street Washington, Pa 15301. An online guestbook may be signed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com

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William E. Mock

Underground coal miner for more than 37 years

William E. “Bill” Mock, 61, of Clarksville, formerly of Ebensburg, died Thursday, September 13, 2012, from injuries sustained in a coal mining accident in Blacksville 2 Mine of Consolidation Coal, Blacksville, W.Va.

He was born April 13, 1951, in Johnstown, son of the late William R. Mock and Lucy Mangus Mock of Munster, who survives.

Mr. Mock was a 1969 graduate of Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensbrug and a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves where he served as a 1st sergeant for more than 18 years and was attached to the 485th Chemical Battalion in Johnstown.

He was an underground coal miner for more than 37 years, working for Bethlehem Mines, Mine 31 in Nanty Glo, Eighty Four Mining Co., Zediker Station Portal and lastly for Consolidation Coal in Blacksville 2.

Mr. Mock was a member of Basilica of St. Michael in Loretto, United Mine Workers of America, National Skeet Shooting Association, Pennsylvania Skeet Association and Washington County Sportsman’s Club.

He enjoyed NASCAR, World of Outlaws Spring Car Racing and had a passion for skeet shooting, in which he was a Pennsylvania chief referee for Sanctioned Skeet Shooting Events and also a master referee for the World Skeet Shoot held in San Antonio, Texas.

On August 3, 1974, he married Barbara R. Koegler, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to his mother and wife, are two daughters, Beverly Rathbun and husband Edward of Pittsburgh and Patricia Dean and husband James of Rices Landing; son Darrell Mock and wife Heather of Monessen; six grandchildren, Mitch Proctor, Melayna Jyachosky, William Rathbun and Damian, Lucas and Zander Swarrow; three brothers, Paul and Pat Mock, both of Munster, and Charlie Mock of Loretto; four sisters, Carol Malone of Colver, Christine Alvarez of Ebensburg, Cathy Byrne of Ebensburg and Mary Driskel of Loretto; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in John B. Greenlee Funeral Home, 2830 Main Street, Beallsville, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Gibbons Funeral Home, 1688 Liberty Street, Ashville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, in Basilica of St. Michael, Loretto, with the Rev. Allen Zeth as celebrant. A vigil service will be held Tuesday. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Boulevard, Suite 208, Pittsburgh, PA 15235, or the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.

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