Samuel H. McPherson Jr., 95, of Edgewater, Fla., formerly of Cecil-Hendersonville Road, Canonsburg, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Edgewater.He was born September 9, 1918, in Canonsburg, a son of Samuel and Alexine Vallet McPherson.He graduated from Cecil High School in 1936. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, being awarded the Purple Heart and European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five bronze stars and a bronze arrowhead.Prior to retirement, Mr. McPherson worked as a factory worker for General Motors and owned and operated McPherson Nursery. He was a member of Canon-McMillan School Board for 12 years and was formerly on Cecil Township Zoning Hearing Board. He was active and instrumental in forming Lawrence Civic Association, where he served as president for several years.He was a member of Cecil American Legion, Bioni Yeckle Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of Lawrence and Canonsburg Elks Lodge 846 for 70 years.Surviving are his wife, Mary Trump McPherson; a son, Samuel H. McPherson III and wife Judy of McDonald; two stepdaughters, Carol Bennett and husband Larry of Grand Rivers, Ky., and Joanne Romano and husband Frank of Canonsburg; a sister, Virginia (Nikki) Boyd of New Mexico; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.Deceased are a son, Robert Alan "Bucky" McPherson, who died of injuries in the Vietnam War; a brother, Erwin McPherson; two stepbrothers, Roy and Lloyd McPherson; and two stepsisters, Evelyn Shawl and Alma Giffin.Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where services will be held at noon Thursday, April 17, with the Rev. Debra Rogosky, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Canonsburg, officiating. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military rites accorded by VFW Post 191 Honor Guard.Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.
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Published in Observer-Reporter from Apr. 14 to Apr. 16, 2014