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Donald James Christy, 89, of Hermitage, passed away peacefully from natural causes with his wife by his side Sunday morning (March 4, 2018) in his residence.
Mr. Christy was born Sept. 1, 1928, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Ambrose and Mary (Williams) Christy.
Donald graduated from Mercer High School in 1946 and went on to honor his country by enlisting in the Air Force. Donald's family has a unique military history, being that his four brothers all served in a different branch of the military: Freddy in the Navy; Charlie in the Marine Corps.; Donald in the Air Force serving as a Sgt. Airplane Mechanic; Albert in the Army; and Paul in the Coast Guard. Their father honorably served in World War I.
Donald worked in several capacities at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., where he met his wife and love of his life, Dolores.
Early in his career he completed an apprenticeship, earning his journeyman machinist certification. He later worked as draftsman, and ultimately in the plant planning department until the plant's closing in 1985. Acquiring many skills through the years, Don applied these talents to several jobs following his leave from Westinghouse, and never hesitated to help friends or family with whatever they may have needed.
He was a member of St. John's Orthodox Church, Hermitage.
Don was also a member of Hickory VFW Post 6166, Hermitage, where he served on the honor guard and actively volunteered for many years.
An outdoorsman, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, woodworking and camping, particularly while traveling throughout the country in the summer months with his family.
Don was also active in Scouting and was proud of his two sons for both earning their Eagle Scout. A wonderful husband and father, he always supported his family and children in their many endeavors.
Surviving are: his wife of 62 years, the former Dolores Matvey, whom he married June 11, 1955; a daughter, Dawnelle (John) Kovach, of Transfer; a son, Dana (Joan) Christy, of Hermitage; two granddaughters, Dawn Lucas-Glasgow, of Tampa, Fla., and Kayla Kovach, of Hermitage; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by: his son, Darrell M. Christy; four brothers, Freddy, Charlie, Albert and Paul Christy; and three sisters, Norma Redfoot, Lillie Miller and Millie Chako.
The family would like to thank the kind nurses and aids from Heartland Hospice, Hermitage, and Veteran's Affairs - Home Instead, who assisted in Don's care during his final days at home.

Donald Christy, of Hermitage, passed away peacefully in his residence on Sunday morning, March 4, 2018. He was 89.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by by J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on March 5, 2018
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