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David R. Shirley

June 6, 1929 ~ September 30, 2019 (age 90)


David Russell Shirley, 90, of Greensburg, formerly of North Huntingdon, passed away Monday, September 30, 2019.

He was born June 6, 1929 a son of the late Russell Edward Shirley and Mary Elizabeth Basick of North Irwin.

Dave is survived by his very devoted wife of 38 years, Donna M. Miller Shirley, his five loving children, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, a brother and sister-in-law and their families.

His children, Barbara Walters (Scott) of New Hampshire, Sandra Heaverley (Don) of Madison, Diane Gongaware of Ligonier, David A. Shirley of North Huntingdon, and Linda Connelly of Ruffsdale; grandchildren, Remington (Tammy) Tagget and Dillon Tagget both of Arizona, Lisa Dodson (Chris), Laura Bielick (Chad), and Jacob Connelly; great grandchildren, Tyler and Abby Dodson, Breawna, and Brynlee Bielick, and Kitana.

David is also survived by his brother, Tom Shirley (Trish) of Greensburg; sister-in-law, Janet L. Miller Lomicka (Alan); nephews and nieces, Steven Shirley of Greensburg and Ron Shirley (Denise) of Tennessee, Susan Shirley Junker (Fred) of Tennessee, Dr. Lara Lomicka-Anderson (Gary) of South Carolina and Leanne Lomicka Stolpe (Jon); and great nieces and nephews, Maleah Anderson and Ashlyn Anderson of South Carolina, Hannah Stolpe and great nephew, Isaac Stolpe of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his five children, Eloise Altman Shirley of North Huntingdon.

David loved our Lord and was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Greensburg. He has been on the Church Council, an Usher, and a Communion Steward for more than 33 years. More recently, he attended Charter Oak Church on Frye Farm Road every week until his illness. He was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force for four years, stationed in Germany, Mitchell Field in New York. He worked for Robertshaw, then the Elliott Company, and retired from Westinghouse/Powerex in Youngwood in 1991 as a machinist. He had been an avid golfer, bowler, and loved to fish and hunt. He built many bluebird houses which still exist today in golf courses, parks, and private homes. He was the oldest member of Manor Centre County Club and a member of Manor American Legion and VFW Post 33, Greensburg. David always said, "Help me to be a kind and good person."

His final words to his wife Donna at bed time were "Good Night, Sleep Tight, Amen." Donna will very much miss hearing these words from Dave. She cared for him for the past six plus years until his recent illness. May he rest in peace and until we meet again.

The family wishes to thank Excela Hospice and Excela Home Health and Grane at Home for their compassionate care.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday from 9:30 to 11 am at Zion Lutheran Church 140 South Pennsylvania Ave, Greensburg. Services will be held in the church at 11 am with Rev. Brian B. Chaffee officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s memory to Zion Lutheran Church or Charter Oak Church.

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October 5, 2019

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church
140 S. Pennsylvania Ave
Greensburg, PA 15601

Funeral Service
October 5, 2019

11:00 AM
Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church
140 S. Pennsylvania Ave
Greensburg, PA 15601


Zion's Lutheran Church
140 S. Pennsylvania Ave, Greensburg PA 15601

Charter Oak Church
449 Frye Farm Road, Greensburg PA 15601

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