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WEST VIEW, PA. – Donald A. Duda passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Feb. 8, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford, Pa. after a courageous battle with cancer.

Don, ”Dan” to his friends and “Par” to his grandchildren, was born July 27, 1935, in Pittsburgh, a son of William and Martha (Speer) Duda.

He was a 1953 graduate of Millvale High School, and in that same year, enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in the Korean War, where he fulfilled his entire two-year tour. Later, he received the Army’s Cold War Service Recognition Award.

He was employed by Retail Credit Company in Pittsburgh and, in 1968, moved with his family to Canfield, where he worked as a medical claims investigator for Equitable Life Assurance Company. Years later, he returned to Pittsburgh, where he served as a regional claims director for Equitable and married Barbara (Phillips) in 1983.

Don was an avid golfer and loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his many grandchildren. He dedicated nearly two decades of service as a committee member of Boy Scout Troop No. 25, Canfield.

Don is survived by his wife, Barbara; his twin sister, Doris Ann (Frank) Perl of Hamburg, N.Y.; his children, Barbara (Mark) Chimel of Riva, Md., Shari Carlozzi of Canfield, Donald Jr. (Carla) of Berlin Center and Nancy (Mark) Ramunno of Canfield; stepdaughter, Cheryl (Jim) Pfeiffer of Charlotte, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert (Fran) of Phelan, Calif.

Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Schellhaas Funeral Home, 388 Center Ave., West View, Pa. 15229.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Don’s name to Boy Scout Troop No. 25, c/o 8091 Blue Heron, Canfield, OH 44406.

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“Barb & Mark, If you read this - I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. We have once again lost track of you. Please get in touch if you can. We have same email and phone, newer address.”

 » Linda Schuller on February 10, 2011

“To all of the Duda clan - so sorry to hear of this, Mr. Duda was very nice to us growing up. We lost our Dad last year so I know how trying this is. Our Deepest Sympathy.”

 » Pamela Moss Root on February 11, 2011

“Our deepest sympathy to the family, and especially to Donnie & Carla and children.”

 » Anthony & Joan Julian on February 11, 2011

“Our deepest sympathy to the family, and especially to Donnie & Carla and children.”

 » Anthony & Joan Julian on February 11, 2011

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