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Raymond G. "Jr." DeTurk

January 18, 1934 ~ February 15, 2019 (age 85)



Raymond G. DeTurk, 85, of West Newton, Pa. died Friday February 15, 2019 at Walden’s View Care Center in North Huntingdon, Pa. surrounded by family. He was born January 18, 1934 in Madison, Pa. Son of the late Raymond A. and Susan Ann Lamison DeTurk. Prior to his retirement, Jr. served as a Field Communications crewman in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later went on to work construction as a laborer for the Marsolino Construction Company. He was a member of the local 1058 Labors Union. He was an active member of the Hilltop United Methodist Church in Madison, Pa. He and his wife volunteered monthly at the Westmoreland Manor where they held a bingo for all of the residents as well as they would bring residents of the manor to their church in Madison. He was a very family-oriented person and would do anything for his family. He loved to go to his Lucky 7 hunting camp where he would go hunting with one of his best friends, Butch Maughan. Jr. loved his yard, cutting grass with his 1939 Ford 9N tractor, planting flowers, gardening and swinging with the kids on the outside tree swing. One of the loves of his life was to jitter bug and to polka at the Crystal Ballroom in Herminie, Pa. And he was known to have an ice cream or two with his buddy Lee Heltebran at the Herminie Dairy Queen. He is preceded in death by both parents, wife of 39 years Ella E. Trimbath DeTurk, an infant daughter – Lorrie DeTurk, an infant brother – Jerry DeTurk, brother Harrold Seanor, three sisters – Fay Carns, Jean Leard and Joyce Cochran. He is survived by two sons – Derrick DeTurk and wife Cheryl of Hoyte Lakes, MN. and Jeffrey DeTurk of West Newton, Pa., two grandchildren – Charity DeTurk and Nathan DeTurk from Hoyte Lakes, MN., one brother – Dennis DeTurk of Madison, Pa., five sisters – Faith Borkovich and husband Joe of Madison, Pa., Marilyn Royer and husband Curtis of Ruffsdale, Pa., Shirley Zemanek and husband Fred of OH., Dorothy Guerrieri of Orlando, FL. and Pam Sensue of Madison, Pa. Friends will be received from 4 pm – 8 pm Monday February 18, 2019 at the Beatty-Rich Funeral Home, Inc. Rt 136 in Madison, Pa. There will be an additional viewing from 10-11 am on Tuesday prior to the service at 11 am at the Hilltop United Methodist Church, 222 Church Lane, Madison, Pa. with the Rev. Randy Sweet officiating. Interment will follow at the Mill Bell Cemetery in West Newton, Pa. with honors accorded by the Armbrust Veterans. The family would like to thank Promise Hospice and Walden’s View Care Center for all of the love and care they provided to Jr. over the past few months. To leave an online condolence, please visit



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