|Birth: ||May 24, 1923|
|Death: ||May 19, 2011|
Edward Clair McIntire, age 87, of Dayton, Armstrong Co., PA, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Dayton, PA, on May 24, 1923, the son of Miles and Emma (Wadding) McIntire.
Ed grew up in Dayton, one of five children, where he acquired a strong work ethic and unwavering support of family and friends that continued throughout his life, which he proudly modeled for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He honorably served his country in the US Air Force flying a B24 Liberator during WWII where he took part in the European Theatre and was shot down during combat and courageously survived.
Ed married Betty Stiteler on January 17, 1947. They were blessed with 64 years of marriage, raising five beautiful daughters in the home they built together with love.
Ed worked as a rural mail carrier for the US Postal Service for 27 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the VFW in Rural Valley and the Odd Fellows.
Ed had talents appreciated by many throughout his life. He was an excellent carpenter and welder; his carpentry talents can be seen in many houses in Dayton. First and foremost, Ed was a family man who loved being at home. Those who knew and loved him will forever remember him as being involved in all aspects of his children's lives, and will also cherish the memories of, more often than not, seeing him outside his home tending to his yard and garden. Ed was an avid outdoorsman; he was never happier than when he was hunting, camping, or riding horses but flying was his passion. He would fly whenever he could. Being able to list a myriad of achievements, Ed would have argued his greatest accomplishment was his family, and a testament to that would be those surrounding him in his final years, days and moments. He was a loving husband, caring father and grandfather, and good friend, and will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives he has touched.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Betty (Stiteler) McIntire; five daughters, Diana Hetrick and husband Leonard of Templeton, Deborah Minich and companion, Philip Perri of Allison Park, PA, Denise DonGilli and companion, Dennis Shields of Mayport, PA, Margie Sirochman and husband Joseph of Washington, PA, and Darcy Gould and husband Raymond of Indiana, PA; six grandchildren, Lynn Alan Hetrick and wife April, Natalie Ann Copenhaver and husband Heath, Raquel Brocious, Master Sergeant Mason Edward Minich and wife Jamie, Airman Nathan DonGilli, and Ryan Gould; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helena Kearns of Punxsutawney.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard McIntire; and two sisters, Lucille Marshall, and Emma Jean Bray.
Relatives and friends may visit from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM on Monday, May 23, 2011, at the Bauer-Bly Funeral Home, Inc., 125 East Main Street, Dayton, PA.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Howard officiating. Following the service, military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ed's honor to the American Cancer Society, Armstrong Co. Unit, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
Arrangements are being handled by Bauer-Bly Funeral Home, Inc
Created by: LSmith
Record added: May 22, 2011
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