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David A. Trautman, 84, of New Wilmington passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.
He was born on Oct. 8, 1932, in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, to George Jacob and Anna Heinlein Trautman.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Anna Grace Kocay and Vera Mae Percy.
He is survived by his brother, George Warren (Helen) Trautman of South Carolina.
Dave a member of the first graduating class from West Allegheny High School in 1950, and earned his bachelor's of art degree from Westminster College in 1954.
He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Ann Campbell, in 1952. They have four children, Kenneth David Trautman (Linda Jones), Diane (John) Phillips, Karen (James) Gay and Joy (David) Fisher. They have 11 grandchildren, Amber (Rich Rosul) Trautman, Aericka (Chit Khongdy) Gay, Julia (Ricardo) Laranja, Ian (Emily) Frank, Marla (David) Merrill, Robin (Adam) Klump, Luke Gay, Paul Gay, Annemarie (Zachary) Fisher, Hallie Gay and Jonathan Fisher. They have 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Dave worked for more than 40 years as a salesman and office manager at various steel companies, including the Youngstown Sheet and Tube, Wheeling-Pittsburgh, Olsher Metals and Reynolds Services.
From birth to 1985, Dave was an active member of Montours Presbyterian Church in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. He served as an elder, clerk of session, on many committees and as a choir member. He was always willing to do whatever needed to be done.
When Margaret took a position as curriculum coordinator at Wilmington Area Schools, they moved to New Wilmington. In 1985, they transferred to Shenango Presbytery where David continued as an active member of New Wilmington Presbyterian Church. He served as an elder, on the Pulpit Nominating Committee, as vice moderator of the Presbytery and as a member of the choir and handbell choir. He loved the puppet ministry at both churches, writing scripts, coaching the youth, recording, building sets and finding materials. It seemed he was given a voice to "speak God's truth" through the puppets.
Dave was always willing to use his skills to help others. He supervised the building of 25 houses with Habitat for Humanity, went on nine mission trips to the Dominican Republic and traveled on numerous trips with Presbyterian Disaster Relief after Hurricane Katrina to clean up and rebuild.
Dave had a green thumb. He loved planning, planting and nurturing God's creation. He especially loved all the colors and varieties of dahlias and his raspberry patch, and the wisteria that covered the deck was phenomenal.
Everyone who met Dave was blessed to enjoy his easy smile and witty sense of humor.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, New Wilmington.
Published on March 12, 2017
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