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Bryan Anthony Carper, 50, of Slippery Rock passed away the evening of Aug. 28, 2017, in the Oakland VA Hospital.
Born May 24, 1967, in Butler, Pa., he is the son of Wayne and JoAnne DeRose Carper.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Debbie Shoaff Carper, whom he married May 18, 1991.
A 1985 Lawrence County Vo-Tech graduate, he served his country in the Air Force as an Airman 1st Class.
Bryan was a self-employed graphic artist.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Mahoning Sportsman Club as well as the Castle Rod and Gun Club. In his spare time, he liked to build and refinish furniture.
Bryan will always be remembered for his dedication to the Scott Township Volunteer Fire Department, where he was a lifelong member. He was not only the treasurer but organized several gun shows and Bingo held at the fire hall.
He obtained several grants to aid the fire department with equipment and improvements over the years as well. He and his wife Debbie often provided refreshments for fire and accident calls. Bryan received the Firefighter of the Year award due to his outstanding commitment to the fire department.
In addition to his wife and his parents, he is survived by a brother, Daniel Carper of Naples, Fla.; a niece, Abby Carper; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Richard and Linda Shoaff of New Castle; and his beloved best friends, his dogs Abby and Buster.
All visitation and services will be held at the Scott Township Fire Department, located at 3712 Harlansburg Road, New Castle. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. with a funeral service at 1 p.m. officiated by Rev. Loren McQueen of Eastbrook United Methodist Church.
Military rites will be performed by the New Castle Area Honor Guard.
Burial will be in Plain Grove North Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scott Township VFD.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., where online condolences and shared memories of Bryan may be offered at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on August 29, 2017
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