Walter 'Butch''s Story
Walter L. "Butch" Baldwin of Farrell passed away at 12:03 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in UPMC Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a brief illness. He was 77.
Butch was born March 15, 1940, in New Castle, a son of Walter and Jessie (Morris) Baldwin. He moved to the area as a child and was a graduate of Farrell High School. He was employed for 28 years at Sharon Steel's former Farrell plant before its closing and retired from Willard Burial Service in West Middlesex, where he worked for six years.
Butch was an easy going and a soft spoken man who dearly loved all of his family and friends. His greatest passion in life was bowling. He bowled in several leagues in the Shenango Valley and in numerous tournaments. Butch was inducted into the Mercer County Bowling Hall of Fame in 1995.
He is survived by his loving wife, the former Donna Dzurinda, at home; two sons, Jeffrey Baldwin and his wife, Holly, and their son, Bryton, of Winthrop, Maine, and David Baldwin of Las Vegas; two sisters, Katherine Kovach of Hermitage and Sally Raver and her husband, Douglas, of Homestead, Fla.; and a brother, Thomas Baldwin and his wife, Judith, of Ruther Glen, Va.
He also leaves several nieces and nephews, including Jerry Kovach and his wife, Cathy; John Kovach and his wife, Dawnelle; a great-niece, Kayla Bonnett; stepchildren, Stephen Dzurinda and his wife, Diane, Todd Dzurinda and Matthew Dzurinda and his wife, Tracie; and loving grandchildren, Meagan, Greg, Zachary, Trevor and Abigail Dzurinda. Butch was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Thomas Kovach; and his mother-in-law, Marie Pearson.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Community Food Warehouse, 109A S. Sharpsville Ave., Sharon, PA 16146.
Walter L. "Butch," 77, of Farrell.
Calling hours: 3 p.m. until time of service Thursday (8-10-17) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigle Funeral HomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Memorial service at 6 p.m. Thursday (8-10-17) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, pastor of St. Anthony's Church, Sharon, officiating.
Published on August 7, 2017