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Shirl Alexander VanDyke, 78, of East Crossbow Lane, Slippery Rock, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 20, 2017) at his residence after a long illness.
He was born in Murrinsville (Butler County) on Jan. 26, 1939, to Norman Leroy and Verda Mae (Sloan) VanDyke.
Shirl was married 59 years to Dorothy Louise (Jones) VanDyke, whom he married on June 14, 1958, and was a compassionate and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Shirl had worked for Universal Rundle and General Electric in Grove City.
He was a member of Harrisville United Methodist Church and served his country in the Marines from 1956 to 1958 and then was in the reserves for four years.
Shirl was a member of the Elks in Grove City.
Besides his wife he is survived by: children, Thomas L. VanDyke of Jamestown, and Jacqueline (George) McIntire of the residence; a sister, Helen Martin of Grove City; two grandchildren, Nicholas (Cherie) McIntire and Meredith McIntire; a great-granddaughter; brother-in-law, Carl (Loretta) Jones; step brother-in-law, John (Carol) Kennedy; step-sister-in-law, Karen (Tom) Kennedy; a nephew, Troy (Ginger) Jones; and many, many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Shirl was preceded in death by: a brother-in-law, Eugene Martin; and the following siblings: Ruth (Merle) Hoffman, Earl (Lois) VanDyke, James (Dorothy) VanDyke, Ray (Janet) VanDyke, Harry (Bonnie) VanDyke, Norman (Gail) VanDyke, his twin sister, Shirley (Bill) Travis, Lucille (Dennis) Gutherie, Donna (John) Crum, Betty (Bob) Magyar, Paul Vandyke; and a nephew: Eric Jones.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to his nephew, Jeffrey VanDyke, for his compassion and caregiving.

Shirl A., 78, of Slippery Rock.
Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (9-22-17) at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock, and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday (9-23-17).
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Canter of Harrisville United Methodist Church officiating.
Burial: Prairie Cemetery, Harrisville.
Published on September 20, 2017
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